Three walks in the Wye Valley


Whitestone

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From Ty Bryn we would set off for a walk most mornings before heading to a castle or two later in the day.  Our first effort was the Whitestone which claims to pass the waterfall “that may have been the sounding cataract in Wordsworth’s ‘Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey'”.  As we passed by some beautiful valley views softened by the low light there were benchs with some of these lines carved into them.  Somewhat better than the usual “literature” that might be carved in a public bench.

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A particular feature of the woodland on this walk was the extraordinary bright green moss that covered the many scattered rocks breaking the surface of autumnal leaves and the tumbling down dry stone walls.

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The final treat on this walk was Ravenscroft, the house at Trelleck where Betrand Russell was born.

Brockweir

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This was a very gentle walk starting at the old Station Tintern. From there we followed a figure of eight route along the old railway line to the Village of Brockweir where we crossed the river and continued until descending to the riverbank and returning to Brockweir.

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There were a few interesting old buildings and in particular a Moravian church which still maintained a very active graveyard.

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We then returned alongside the river to the old station stopping at a willow tunnel on the way.

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Devil’s Pulpit

2015-03-11 11.01.37 This was a different type of walk mainly over fields and through muddied gateways to reach a section of Offa’s Dyke high up on the valley side overlooking Tintern Abbey.

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We wondered whether Banksy comes here to walk?

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