Walking and Rambling around St Briavels Castle
The hostel is right in the middle Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley so there's lots of fantastic walks from the doorstep. Offa's Dyke path, an ancient border between England and Wales, runs right past the hostel. The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is equally as hidden and unexpected a treasure as St Briavels Castle.
Other things to do nearby
Join Chepstow walking festival for 5 days of walking fun!
Hop on your bike and explore the Forest of Dean. Try the Royal Forest Route which takes in a sculpture trail, mines dating back to the 1820's and a virtual lagoon of bluebells in spring!
Visit the atmospheric mine workings with nine impressive caverns and winding passageways - great whatever the weather.
Explore this unique and enchanting place, with meandering pathways and fantastic rock formations that inspired JRR Tolkien.
One of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. Don't miss the Nave's west window which is currently being restored. Visit the website
See the Forest of Dean in style with a train ride through the woods. Look out for the family-friendly Treetop Adventure play area on your journey. Visit the website
So much to see! local craft workshops, events and shops to inspire your creativity. Throw your own pot or visit the garden retreat.
High wire fun in the forest – climb rope ladders, zip wire through the trees and tackle high wire rope bridges. YHA members get 10% off outdoor adventures with Go Ape (all activities and locations,
Just downstream from a small set of rapids, marking the start of a beautiful section of the Wye, there's 100 miles of canoe-able river.
The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley are great for cycling. There are many routes depending on your requirements.
The Forest of Dean is a great place for mountain bikers of all abilities.
Explore the rich and varied past of this ancient town, once an important port and market centre.
YHA Wye Valley is perfect for walking holidays. The hostel is on the Wye Valley Walk, a very popular walking trail through the Welsh borders and the limestone valley.
Exciting adventure in the forest - try Inspire2Adventure's Guided Open Canoe Expeditions, Gorge Scrambling Experience, Rock climbing and Abseiling and more!
YHA Wye Valley is the perfect stop off point if you're paddling from Hereford to Monmouth. The hostel even has its own canoe launch next to the riverside campsite.
Standing in open countryside above the River Wye, Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles.