Offa's Dyke Path begins a mile or so east of Chepstow at Sedbury Cliffs. It follows the course of the River Wye as far as Monmouth, taking in Tintern Abbey, Brockweir and Bigsweir Bridge, the tidal limit of the Wye, as it goes to Redbrook and thence into Monmouth.
Fairly early on the walk is Wintour's Leap, with a superb view of the river. This is where Sir John Wintour is said to have plunged with his horse over the 200-ft cliffs to escape his pursuers during the Civil War.
Between Brockweir and Bigsweir Bridge is St Briavals whose castle was once the administrative centre of the Forest of Dean. Beyond Bigsweir the dyke path passes through Wyeseal Wood, one of the best oak-and-lime woods in the country.
A steep descent to Redbrook gives another panoramic views towards Monmouth and the Black Mountains. Henry V, the medieval historian, Geoffrey of Monmouth and Charles Rolls were born in Monmouth and Nelson visited with Lady Hamilton.
Go to Walk 2.
Theme for this walk: What Is Music?