Coed y Cerrig National Nature Reserve, near Abergavenny
Small woodland big on variety with accessible...
Walk to the Eagles Nest, a famous viewpoint over the Wye Valley
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Wyndcliff Wood is home to one of the best viewpoints in the Wye Valley known as the Eagles Nest.
This famous viewpoint looks across the bend in the river Wye towards the Severn bridges and estuary and, on a clear day, the Cotswold and Mendip hills.
There is a waymarked walking trail from Lower Wyndcliff car park to the viewpoint through the woodland of beech trees and huge yew.
This is a circular walking trail which you can follow in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction to the viewpoint depending on whether you would rather go up or down the 365 Steps! Please read the trail information carefully before setting off and follow the waymarkers for your chosen route.
There are picnic benches in the car park.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Find out about walking trail grades.
The famous Eagle's Nest viewpoint was constructed in 1828 for the Duke of Beaufort when such dramatic viewpoints were fashionable.
Please read the trail information carefully before setting off and then follow the waymarkers for your chosen route.
The Picturesque Piercefield Walk runs through Wyndcliff Wood.
This historic walk was popular with early tourists to the Wye Valley in the 18th century and many of its features still exist today.
Find out more about the Picturesque Piercefield Walk on the Wye Valley AONB website.
The Wye Valley Walk passes through Wyndcliff Wood.
This is a 136 mile long distance walk along the River Wye between Chepstow and Hafren Forest.
You can join the route from Lower Wyndcliff car park - look out for the information panel and waymarkers.
Find out more about the Wye Valley Walk on the Wye Valley Walk website.
The woodlands of the lower Wye Valley are some of the most beautiful in Britain.
The breath-taking natural scenery here has enthralled visitors for centuries, including painters and poets from Turner to Wordsworth.
Historic viewpoints offer spectacular views across the Wye gorge and river, across to the Bristol Channel and the Severn Bridges.
Every season brings something special: bluebells in spring, lush summer leaves, fantastic autumn colour, and the beauty of winter tree silhouettes.
The woodlands are situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The AONB is an internationally important protected landscape straddling the border between England and Wales.
It surrounds a 58 mile stretch of the River Wye which is recognised for its spectacular gorge scenery, ravine woodlands and farmland.
A range of partners work to conserve and enhance its beauty for now and the future.
Lower Wyndcliff car park is three and a half miles north of Chepstow on the A466.
It is in the county of Monmouthshire.
Wyndcliff Wood is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 14.
The OS grid reference is ST 526 971.
Follow the A466 from Chepstow towards Tintern.
The Lower Wyndcliff car park is on the right after going through the village of St Arvans.
Upper Wyndcliff car park
There is also a small car park at Upper Wyndcliff from where you can reach the viewpoint without having to climb up or down the 365 steps.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
The waymarked walk through the ancient woodland to the Eagles Nest viewpoint starts from the Lower Wyndcliff car park.
This large car park is easily accessed directly from the A466 just south of Tintern.
Parking here is free of charge.
You can walk directly to the Eagles Nest viewpoint from the small car park at Upper Wyndcliff.
This car park is reached via a narrow minor road (OS grid reference ST 526 971).
At the village of St Arvans, follow the minor road signposted to Wyndcliff from the A466.
Parking here is free of charge.