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Local Events/Places of Interest/Things to do

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And if all else fails a walk around Mathern village shows interesting vernacular architecture,ancient holy well,  (go out of the drive and turn right), and 2,000 years of history.  a medieval mill


National Diving School:  (10 minutes away off the A48)

Severnvale Equestrian Centre (12 minutes on A48)

Fishing on the Wye and the Usk

Canoeing  from  Monmouth (30 minutes drive) and Hay on Wye (1 hour)

Chepstow Racecourse (10 minutes drive)

Golf courses:

  • Celtic Manor (previously hosted Ryder Cup 15 minutes drive),
  • St Pierre (2 courses, 4 minutes drive),
  • Rolls of Monmouth (45 mins drive).


  • Local leisure centre in Chepstow (decent, clean with the usual facilities, including sauna, pool and classes)
  • Bulwark has a new gym
  • Curves (gym for women only) in Chepstow

Walks: This is a great area for walking.   You can consult the guide books in the Gatehouse, but here are a few favourites of ours.

  • The Wye Valley: Delightful wooded walks through Piercefield Park (7 minutes drive) to the Gorge on the Wye.  Level walks along the River Wye at Brockwier (20 minutes drive) and Redbrook (30 minutes drive) (park by football ground, costs £1, walk over railway bridge past the pub The Bridge (which does good lunches), and follow the old rail track downriver.
  • The Gwent Levels: If you want an open level walk, with a huge open vista, you could do a lot worse than drive down to Seawall on the Severn Estuary and walk along the seawall above the mudflats at Goldcliff.  There is a tea shop by the seawall when you get back to the car.  (25 mins drive)

Walking from the Gatehouse, without getting in the car

Walks directly from the GH

Rural walks straight from the door, across the fields, then either on to the next door golf course (St Pierre, where you can stop for lunch), or down to the Bristol Channel/Severn Estuary (though you do have to go through a field with electrical pylons in), or round the back of Mathern Palace and The Church of St Tewdric. Alternatively, down the drive, and turn left under the motorway and then turn left up the little lane to the local fishponds with huge fields to walk around. Or go through Mathern Village, cross over at Pwllmeyric, and take a 4 hour walk through Mounton and up to the Wye Valley. You can walk (on local roads) to Chepstow Castle.

We are next to a golf course (St Pierre) that you can walk across, fields that you can walk across, and you can walk down to the Bristol Channel/Severn Estuary too, directly from us (though that walk does go underneath some electricity pylons!). There are walks uphill to the Wye valley, (a lovely circular walk that took 4 hours through Mounton). Then there are the fish ponds in the village…..


Walks in Chepstow (and click on Local Walks to find more)Walks in the Chepstow Town Centre. Within 5 miles there is Offa’s Dyke Path, the Wentwood which is the largest ancient woodland in Wales, the Wye Valleyand The Forest Of Dean 12 easy walks in the area in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valleycan be found here.

Local Walks

To read and download information on local walks
click here


We are part of Sustrans route 4 cycle route https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-4

Also we are very close to routes 32 and 41

National Route 4 – Bristol to Chepstow
National Route 4 climbs out of Bristol via Clifton Down, Westbury-on-Trym and Aust. A highlight of this section is crossing the River Severn high on the Severn Road Bridge. Bristol to Fishguard also forms part of EuroVelo 1.

 National Route 4 – Chepstow to Swansea
In Wales, National Route 4 forms the main option of the Celtic Trail East cycle route passing through Newport, Caerphilly, Pontypridd and Port Talbot, on the way to Swansea.  Large parts of the Celtic Trail East are traffic-free.

Things to do locally in Wild Wales


Every January (see their website for date

Chepstow Wassail & Mari Lwyd
Widders Website Linkhttp://www.thewidders.co.uk/widders_wassail.htm 
Also a link to a You Tube film of the Mari Lwyd



Chepstow Racecourse: Check website for racing calendar

Chepstow Racecourse hosts a mixture of 29 Jump and Flat race meetings. The variety of weekend, evening, Bank Holiday and midweek meetings mean that you can enjoy exciting racing action at a time that best suits you and with our popular themed meetings, there really is something for everyone.

Mathern Mill Fishery

MATHERN MILL FISHERY is within a few hundred yards: open every day 8am – dusk
Costs: Adults £7: Under 16’s £4 : OAP’s £5
Guests have to bring their own equipment ie rods etc. Contact: 07801 513943, Permit: From Fishery

click here for article Angling: Anglers pulling in the carp at Mathern Mill

Great Barnets Wood, Mounton, Shirenewton

A lovely walk – bluebells there sometime between Late april to mid May.http://www.walkingworld.com/results/walksummary.asp?method=thirdpartyid&wlkno=2952

Details of all local walkshttp://www.walkingworld.com/counties/Monmouthshire.asp

Visit Caerleon

Caerleon was the site of one of Britain’s three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur’s Camelot. In 830 AD Nennius listed Cair Lion as one of Britain’s 33 cities. Nowadays it’s a thriving town where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents.

Severn Bore

A curious phenomenon associated with the lower reaches of the Severn is the tidal phenomenon known as the Severn Bore . The river’s estuary , part of the Bristol Channel , has the second largest tidal range in the world which is approximately 15 metres , exceeded only (couple of feet) by the Bay of Fundy in Canada – and at certain combinations of the tides, the rising water is funneled up the estuary into a wave that travels rapidly upstream against the river current.

The bore travels a distance of approximately 25 miles between Awre and Gloucester. Severn Bore enthusiasts even attempt to surf along on the bore wave, which can be 2 m high. Being the onset of the flood tide it is accompanied by a rapid rise in water level which continues for about one and a half hours after the Severn Bore has passed.
U tube video of the Severn Borehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtUmLLlm7S0

What’s on in Monmouthshire

Information about special events in Monmouthshire

What’s on in Bristol

Information about special events in Bristol

What’s on in Newport

Information about special events in Newport

What’s on in Cardiff

Information about special events in Cardiff

Chepstow Riverside Walk

A walk around Chepstow town and riverbank

Chepstow Town Website

Information about Chepstow

Mathern Village Website

Information about Mathern

Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Website

Information on things to do

Chepstow Race Course: 5 minutes drive away. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the picturesque Wye Valley provides a breathtaking backdrop to the impressive racing calendar at Chepstow Racecourse. Click here for more information

Food Shopping:There is a Tesco 10 minutes away in Chepstow (drive on A48 towards Chepstow and you’ll see tesco on the right hand side) Click here for Tesco Store Locator

Food Farm Shop At Chepstow Garden Centre you will find NewHall Farm Shop and butcher. It is about a 5 minute drive, and they do very good ‘ready meals’ there as well as fresh bread (cooked on site), milk eggs fruit veg chocolates, etc. Go out of our drive turning left at the T junction, then at the next t junction turn right onto A 48, and it is on the right hand side just a few yards up. They also have a cafe there which does breakfasts, lunch and teas. Click here for info

Beaches in Wales (nearest beaches are Clevedon in England which is 27 miles or Penarth, Cardiff in Wales which is 35 miles). click here for info

Good Local Restaurants: one of our favourites is the Woodland Tavern http://www.thewoodlandstavern.co.uk/woodlandsTavern WoodlandsTavern2

Pub within walking distance: Serves food on some nights. click here for more info

Alternatively there is Italian, Greek, Chinese and Indian in Chepstow, as well as pub grub.

Reviews of local restaurants here or here for a different list or here for another list

Local History

Archaeologist defies sceptics in pursuit of lost city of Trellech – Article in The Guardian

Chepstow Castle and other castles in Wales are here Colins Wales Tourism Guide.  Please see their website for admission charges and opening times.  It is approximately a 12 minute drive form the Welsh Gatehouse.

Caldicot Castle and Country Park  –  Caldicot Castle and country park was founded by the Normans. Admission is free, except on event days when charges apply. It is Approximately a 13 minute drive from the Welsh gatehouse. Castle entry is closed in winter, but the wooded country park is open all year around.

Raglan Castle – Raglan Castle dates from the 1430s, it was built for show rather than with battle in mind, enough remains to still impress.  Please see their website for admission charges and opening times.  It is approximately a 30 minute drive from the Welsh Gatehouse.

Caerphilly Castle – The fortress is spread over a huge area making it the largest castle in Wales.  Please see their website for admission charges and opening times.  It is approximately a 45 minute drive from the Welsh Gatehouse.

National Trust – There are several National Trust properties within driving distance of the Welsh Gatehouse, including Tredegar House.  Please see the website for more details.

St Fagans National History Museum

 St Fagans is one of Europe’s leading open–air museums and Wales’s most popular heritage attraction.  It takes you on a walk around Wales  from Celtic times to the present day. Admission is free. It is about 45 mins drive, and a fantastic open air museum.

Wales Millenium Centre –  national home for the performing arts in Cardiff Bay. The centre stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance alongside a large programme of free performances.

Visit the Vale – Vale of Glamorgan Council, Events and Activities

Info about Chepstow Town hereChepstow Town Crier


William Ayot

William is available for lectures, seminars, workshops and one to one coaching using theatrical techniques, primarily aimed at senior managers and leaders. His particular interest is topics such as Making An Impact, Bringing the Soul into the Workplace, The Power of Words, Passion and Compassion in the Workplace, and Presenting: Presence and Authenticity. He also offers poetry readings for the corporate world, and workshops at poetry venues, festivals and charitable events. Click here to read about his latest book Re-enchanting the Forest

Therapy and counselling

Juliet Grayson offers courses for both general public and therapists, and runs personal developments workshops using Pesson Boyden System Psychotherapy.  Juliet has also written a book, which is designed to help both couples dealing with problems, and therapists interested in working with couples, click here to read more about Landscapes of the Heart

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