The trail takes you from the Old Station at Tintern to the village of Mathern. The Old Station, Tintern, (SO 536 006) is on the A466 road between Monmouth and Chepstow 1 mile north of Tintern Abbey.
The route: An exhilarating walk on which you follow the possible route of the final journey of King Tewdrig and discover interesting tales of other items of interest along the way. Follow this logo which has been especially designed for the trail.
This is a strenuous 11mile (18 km) walk containing 23 stiles, 2 flights of steps, 3 “step through” stiles and a total climb of 820 feet (250 metres). Please wear suitable foot wear and take appropriate clothing for the weather.
The route follows public rights of way, roads and some Forestry Commission tracks through “open access” woodlands. Please note that these may be closed when felling is in progress. Alternative routes will then be way marked for the duration of the felling.
The maps: There is a master map showing the whole route with 5 larger scale maps to use in conjunction with the description to help you follow the trail. Click here to view maps.
Travelling by bus: It is possible to use public transport to carry out the walk in stages, although it may be too long to walk in one go. The position of bus stops is mentioned in the text. NB Service buses no longer visit Mathern village and so you will need to retrace your steps to the New Inn in Pwllmeryic (1 mile or 1.6 kms) to catch the bus home. Use http://www.traveline.org.uk or Tel 08712 002233 daily between 7.00am and 9.00pm to plan in advance.
Travelling by two cars: You will be looking for the village of Mathern. Click here for map of Mathern area. Follow the A48(T) old road from Newport to Chepstow towards Pwllmeyric.
If coming from Chepstow descend the hill through Pwllmeyric village. About 100 metres beyond the New Inn, take the turning left sign posted “Mathern 3/4 (village only)”.
If coming from Newport pass the entrance to St. Pierre golf course on your right and the entrance to Chepstow Garden Centre on your left. Take the next turning right sign posted “Mathern 3/4 (village only)”.
Drive through the village to pass the Miller’s Arms on your left. Go under the M4 and continue for a short distance to reach Mathern Church. Park in the small lay-by just before the church gates.
To get to the Old Station, Tintern (approx 8 miles or 13 kms) drive back to the A 48(T). Turn right and follow the road through Pwllmeyric and on to a large roundabout. Take the first turning signed “Tintern, Monmouth A466”. Follow the road to the next roundabout near the entrance to Chepstow Race Course. Take the second exit signed “Tintern, Monmouth A466”. Continue through the village of St. Arvans and on to Tintern. Pass through the village. After leaving the built up area look out for the signs at the entrance to the Old Station on your right.
Toilets: There are public toilets at the Old Station, Tintern (open April to October) and near Tintern Abbey. There also toilets in the Piercefield in St. Arvans, the New Inn in Pwllmeyric and the Miller’s Arms in Mathern which are available during opening times to people using the pubs.
Please support local business: Every purchase you make during your visit or on your walk preserves local jobs, facilities and services in the countryside.
Dogs: If you take your dog with you, keep it under control at all times and ensure that it is wormed regularly to avoid infecting livestock.
For more information on Tintern look at www.Tintern.org.uk