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Aptly named, the Eagle's Nest is one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
Looking East it's ideal for sunrises and has breathtaking views across the lower Wye Valley, the rivers Wye and Severn, Chepstow, the Severn Bridges and the Cotswolds hills in the distance. Apparently you can see seven counties on a clear day!
Eagle's Nest is situated at the top of a steep, wooded limestone cliff and is along the national trail the Wye Valley Walk. It is the highest point on the Monmouthshire bank of the Wye, at 771 feet (235 m). The viewpoint was built in 1828 for the Duke of Beaufort as an extension to the walking path network already developed around the nearby Piercefield estate. It has been described as "one of the most impressive viewpoints in the British Isles".
There are two main car parks offering walking routes up to it:
1. There's a good path from Lower Wyndcliffe car park alongside the A466, between the villages of St Arvans and Tintern. From the car park Eagle's Nest is reached by a steep footpath and 365 steps which were cut into the rock in 1828, although now there are only 300. It's a mossy, striking walk but not for the faint hearted!
2. An easier path can be reached from the Eagle's Nest car park or Upper Wyndcliffe car park which can be found along a country lane off the A466 just after St Arvans if travelling north. The walk is steadier along a rocky path through ancient woodland.
After Eagle's Nest the path continues north to Tintern. Before Eagle's Nest the Wye Valley Walk passes through a section of path known as the Piercefield Walk. Wyndcliffe is the name of the steep limestone cliff and the area around it. It is popular with climbers.
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Dogs Accepted