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The next sangha walk, again on a bank holiday Monday, will be along the spectacular Lower Wye Valley. This is a favourite walk of mine, introduced to me by my friend Steve Onyett in 2007. We previously did it as a sangha walk in February 2018.

The walk starts  from Chepstow Castle, then across the river, up a lane and through some fields, to the Lancaut nature reserve. We then head along the banks of the very meandery lower Wye valley up to the picturesque ruins of the 12th Century St James Church where we can stop for picnic lunch. We’ll then head up and back along a path parallel to the cliff top (with some stunning views). The walk is about 5 miles and should take 2–3 hours at a gentle pace. There is one section of clambering over large boulders, but otherwise it’s a fairly easy walk, and mainly quite flat.

Lift sharing is now allowed, so we can meet at St Andrews Park at 10.30am to share lifts to Chepstow, or meet at Chepstow Castle at 11am (in the castle car park by the entrance).
There is also limited direct bus service (T7) between Bristol and Chepstow run by Newport Bus (50 min journey).

The walk is open to friends, family and children. Dogs are welcome but need to be kept on lead in the nature reserve and in some of the fields where there are usually cows. Part of the walk will be in silence. Bring a picnic lunch with you.

Please let me know in advance if you’re planning to come on the walk, and if so whether you need or can offer a lift, and whether you will join us in Bristol or Chepstow.

With warm wishes,