Group name: Lower Wye
This group is a part of Greater Gwent Area.
Our activities include:
The Lower Wye Group helps local people enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk. Most groups organise regular walks led by local experts – a great way to get outside, make new friends and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness. You are very welcome to try walking with us, or to get involved in looking after paths and green spaces and opening up new places to explore.
Our area covers the Lower Wye Valley, extending from Chepstow to Monmouth, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We also walk in the Royal Forest of Dean, Monmouthshire between the rivers Usk and the Wye, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons and sometimes further afield.
All walks start at the Lower Car Park, Chepstow Leisure Centre. We share cars and ask for a small levy from each passenger to the driver. Regrettably, dogs are not permitted on walks.
To celebrate our tenth anniversary in 2003, we put our favourite walks into a book, Lower Wye Rambles.
The idea was to encourage people to explore, and discover, the delights of the Lower Wye Valley. Most of the walks take about half a day, though some do need a full day.
The book is now in its fifth printing and to date we have sold over 8000 copies.
The profits from the booklet are used to improve the local footpath network. We have already given over £10000 to County Rights of Way departments and Wildlife Trusts to replace stiles, gates and footbridges. We hope to continue to do more in the future.
The new edition of the booklet contains several improvements that will make it an essential companion for anybody planning to walk in the area. Hand-drawn routes have been replaced with Ordnance Survey map extracts. Also, each walk now has a schematic diagram showing ascents and descents and helpful gradings that indicate the level of difficulty of the walk.
Lower Wye Rambles, which details 16 walks in this beautiful area, costs only £4.80 plus 75p towards the cost of postage and packaging, giving a total payable of £5.55. Copies are available from
Jackie Olding, Ambleside, Newport Road, Magor, NP26 3BZ
or email Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make your cheque payable to RA – Lower Wye Group.