1 Chepstow – Viney Hill

Chepstow to Viney Hill 18.5 miles (29.6Km)

Chepstow - the start

Chepstow - the start

Even when the plan is not to walk day after day, starting out on a walk of 600 miles is a bit like heights when it’s best not to look down, so at this point have no thought of Berwick upon Tweed. This is fairly easy as the guide is divided into two books, Chepstow to Hathersage and Hathersage to Berwick.

Chepstow bridge

Chepstow bridge

Crossing the bridge into England the route immediately climbs and for a short distance shares the path of Offa’s Dyke Path and the first meeting with the Gloucestershire Way for a little longer.

Around Dayhouse Quarry

Around Dayhouse Quarry

For our safety the old limestone quarry at Dayhouse is fenced off but if we were able to see the water filled pit used by the National Diving & Activity Centre   it may remind us of a location from a James Bond film with a large expanse of turquoise water 80 metres deep.

Severn Estuary

Severn Estuary

Just around the corner the path passes through Tidenham churchyard before the walker follows a well maintained dry moat to prevent us spoiling the view of those in the garden of the ‘big house’.

Tidenham moat footpath

Tidenham moat footpath

As is often the case the route of the path we need can be missed where is diverges from a well defined path. This is the case at the exit of Ashwell Grove for Park Hill, so take care. Don’t let another brief encounter with the Gloucestershire Way distract you.

Gloucestershire Way

Gloucestershire Way

There are some delightful gentle green valleys along this section as well as views over the Severn estuary. The walk will be improved greatly with pauses to take in the surrounding views. Don’t forget there could be just this one opportunity to pass this way.

Forest of Dean Railway

Forest of Dean Railway

For the railway enthusiast a walk alongside the Forest of Dean Railway Forest of Dean Railway could provide a photo opportunity or a visit to the station at Norchard is well worth a break in your journey before arrival at Viney Hill where sheep graze the roadside verges.

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Great English Walk map of section 1

Great English Walk map of section 1

Great English Walk section 1 - the work

Great English Walk section 1 - the work

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