Offa’s Dyke & River Wye Hiking Weekend – St Briavels Castle & Medieval Banquet 22-24 Mar 2019
March 22 @ 6:00 pm - March 24 @ 8:00 pm£139.00
Organisers – Richie
Where – YHA St. Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6RG
When – 22nd – 24th March 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £139.00 (includes 2 nights accommodation, the option of a 3 course medieval banquet on Saturday and the guided
For this weekend we are visiting the Wye Valley (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – AONB). We will depart on Friday after work and make our way to St Briavels (car sharing will be available for those that need it and options will be announced nearer the time). Our accommodation is YHA St Briavels – a castle (Grade 1 listed Monument) which is over 800 years old and retains plenty of period features. An optional 3-course banquet (acting out the medieval time of King John and the Magna Carta) is provided on Saturday night (vegetarian option included) so plenty to chat about over and after dinner. The accommodation is ideally located for our hikes over the weekend, All bedding is provided and there is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a lounge plus a drying room. If you are self-catering, you will need to bring your own food for breakfasts, dinner and packed lunches.
On Saturday, our 12mile (20km) walk leaves from the hostel door. Our route will see us head to Bigsweir Bridge from where we will follow the course of the River Wye along the Offa’s Dyke path (Offa’s Dyke was built in the 8th century to separate England and Wales). We follow the river all the way to Tintern Abbey, a monastery where the current remains date from a period between 1131 and 1536. We then head uphill through woodland for an aerial view of Tintern Abbey from Devil’s Pulpit. Our return route back to the hostel will be mostly on a different section of Offa’s Dyke path. After showers we will be treated to the 3 course banquet supper, where we will learn more about the castle. Dressing up in period costume is very much encouraged! …. or feel free to bring your own or try on one of the many outfits/costumes that the hostel has to use.
On Sunday, we will leave the hostel and drive to Symonds Yat. There is an impressive viewpoint of the River Wye below from here and you can sometimes see Peregrine Falcons which nest in the cliffs. Our 10mile (16km) route will descend to the river where we will walk to Goodrich (including the famous Goodrich Castle) before crossing to the other side of the river. Our route then follows the Wye around to to Welsh Bicknor before crossing the river again back towards Symonds Yat. We plan to be back in London early on Sunday evening.