A gentle stroll through the woods in the Wye Valley. After parking the car; we strolled past some tempting cafes and funky little shops. My mother bought some thick chunky wool to make a winter sweater from a charming lady in a haberdashery shop.
We then crossed the river on a old railway bridge and then followed the old track down the valley. It was awesome to have the weak autumn sun shining down on us through the autumnal trees. After a couple of miles; playing in streams and finding remnants of the old railway, we climbed a gentle slope up to the ridge line.
Here we came across the Devils Pulpit; a large stone overlooking the valley. Legend has it that the Devil would preach from the stone; down to the monks in the valley. Trying to convince them to stop their holy work and leave their path to salvation. The Devil failed to convince them because in the year 1131; the huge Abbey was built down by the river.
After, looking out from the ridge to the valley and the sea; we made our way back down into the valley. It was so beautiful and relaxing walking through a carpet of autumn leaves.
This walk is great anytime of year; yet take plenty of water and take care on the descent.
Parking, refreshments and other tips:
Parking in Tintern is limited. If you cannot park by the Abbey then try the car park up the side road opposite the cycle cafe. There are plenty of cafes and a great pub in the shadow of the Abbey called: The Anchor Inn.
3hrs 16 minutes
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