Rather than drive ourselves from the Midlands we came on a day coach excursion. It was ony £17pp. We left Henley in Arden at 0800 and traveled down the M42/M5 to Ross on Wye. Then down a B road thru the Forest of Dean, and alongside the Wye in places, to Lydney. Thence on to Chepstow. Parked in the large coach/car park. below the Castle. The castle is very impressive and it never ceases to amaze me how things like that were constructud 1000 years ago (obviously some of it is more recent). We picked up the blue trail from the excellent tourist office and walked over and back across the elegant cast iron bridge. Then along the riverside where a bird watcher let us look thru his telescope at two peregrin falcons on the cliffs opposite eating a pidgeon they'd just caught. Wandered up thru the town to an old chuch yard and to the pedestrianised street with lots of nice shops and cafes. After a coffe break we moved on up the high street to the town gate. Thru that and we turned right onto the green route. Opposite Wilkinsons by some bins someone had left two ikea leather arm chairs which looked in good condition. I axed OH if she thought the coach driver would come back that way and collect them and bring them back. She said I was talking like a pratt. We turned right into the castle dell which is a lovely glade. When you reach the western end of the castle, take the dirt path to the top of the cliff for a good view of the river. At the bottom of the dell we fetched our picnic off the coach and relaxed whilst surveying the castle and imagining the past comings and goings.
We did not have time to go round the castle and will return on another occasion.
We thought Chepstow wa a very pleasant place.
The return journey took us over the old severn bridge (I remember making a trip from Burningham to see it in the 60s just after it was built). When we got back to Henley we found it had been raining all day wheras we'd had good weather.
All in all a good day out.