River Wye

Wye Valley & Vale of Usk

The Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk sit on the Welsh borders and are dominated by two beautiful rivers – the Usk and the Wye. They gently meander through the green vales set in rolling countryside, while charming towns flank the river curves, including Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk.

The Wye Valley, An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is not solely on Welsh soil. It extends northwards from Monmouthshire into neighbouring Gloucestershire and Herefordshire in England. It is recognised for its spectacular limestone gorge scenery as well as thick forests and The River Wye.


The Forest of Dean lies on the English Welsh border and is an area of outstanding beauty


As one of the most natural rivers in Britain, the River Wye rises in the mountains of mid-Wales and flows steadily south for over 150 miles, bordering Wales and England. When visiting the Wye Valley, you’ll be rewarded with a chance to explore some of the most picturesque and striking landscapes across Wales and the UK.

The small town of Usk is known for its fishing rivers along the River Usk. But that’s not all. There are many refreshing riverside walks, historic towns to explore and independent tearooms to visit.


Chepstow, Gwent in the Wye Valley & Vale of Usk


The Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk make great holiday destinations for exploring the great outdoors. From Wye Valley camping to a cosy cottage in Monmouth, there is plenty of accommodation to choose from.

Planning a visit? Our comprehensive guides cover all the Wye Valley things to do and the Vale of Usk must-sees. We can help you make the most out of your Wales trip.