|Trail:||Eagles Nest Trail Wyndcliff Wood South East Wales|
|Contributor:||NatResWales||Activity Type:||Walking||Difficulty:||Hard||Distance:||0.921 mi (1.482 km)|
|Description:||The Eagles Nest Trail which is a part of the Wyndcliff Woods Wye Valley is a fantastic walk especially on a bright sunny day. The strenuous walks views from the eagles nest parapet at the top are worth the climb so don't forget to bring your camera. Seven hundred feet below you the River Wye snakes around the valley and in front of you can be seen seven counties on a clear day. See if you can spot Chepstow Castle in the distance.
In spring there is an abundance of bluebells and wild garlic to enhance the enjoyment of your walk. Wild garlic is usually a feature of limestone as it prefers the alkaline soil and this area is noted for its limestone. These woodlands are a part of the wider Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB), which is an internationally important protected landscape. If you liked this walk there are several others in in this woodland as well as the long distance Wye Valley Walk.
The easier way to do this walk is to follow the route in a clockwise direction from the Upper Wyndcliff car park so that you approach the steps in a downward direction for your return. It is still a steep walk but worth it when you reach the top to see a stunning view. A tip to remember, save this walk for a good day to get the most from your walk.
Walk distance: One and a quarter miles / 2 kilometres.
Start and finish: The easier trail to the viewpoint starts at the free Upper Wyndcliff car park (ST 526 971) for a challenge start the trail at the free lower Wyndcliff car park (ST 527 873).
Terrain: Take care on this spectacular trail as you will find the ground and steps uneven and rocky. If you intend to climb up to the Eagles Nest from the lower car park please be aware it's a steep climb and the 365 steps can be tough going for some people. As with all woodland walks the ground can also be wet and slippery and it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for your walk.
Facilities: There are two free car parks the Upper Wyndcliff and Lower Wyndcliff.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome in our woods.
Getting there: Lower Wyndcliff car park is on the A466 three and a half miles north of Chepstow and just north of St Arvans.
Upper Wyndcliff car park is on a lane off the A466, half a mile north of St Arvans. The OS grid reference is ST 526 971.
Safety: Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk. This walk can be slippery when wet.
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Please always follow any instructions on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.
This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to TrailZilla copyright terms and conditions.
It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and National Nature Reserves.
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