A short train ride north took me to Chepstow, the starting point of the Wye Valley Walk. In its own right, it’s a very cute and quaint little village. It knew a fair amount of fame in the 18th century when it became the hub of Wye Valley tourism. Read more about William Gilpin and the “birth of British tourism” here.
I arrived early with plenty of time to drop off my bag and explore the town and, most especially, Chepstow Castle. Building began on this massive structure in 1067, and continued through several centuries until it fell into permanent decay in the 1700s. Not a bad run, though! And it still is an impressive example of Norman castle architecture.
Further explorations of the town, to the town gate and an very nice old church and it’s graveyard.
I went to bed with the sound of rain, hoping it would stop, or at least not get heavier overnight. I slept like a stone, looking forward to an early start to my first day of walking on the Wye Valley Way.
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