What we're about

A1 has been one of the best UK based hiking group for over 10 years. If you want to get out shake off the cobwebs and get some miles in exploring some of the UK’s best countryside, national parks and coastal paths, you’re in the right place. A1 is currently section hiking the Wales Coast Path, it’s 870 miles long, so it’s going to take a while!

We look after all the logistics on each of our hikes so you can just turn up for a fun day out and follow along. The emphasis is on a sociable and fun day. We are open to anyone regardless of colour, nationality, gender, orientation, and age. Though many of our members are 30 40 50 ish, many are younger and many are older. As long as you are young at heart, you are welcome here.

You can expect people in this group to care what your name is, and we do nearly always stop for a drink or a meal at the end of each day, as that's the natural place to mark the end of the hike, and carry on the conversations you were having on route.

Upcoming events (2)

St Arvans and Chepstow Park Woodlands Circular

Saint Arvans

Hiking in the Trellech to Chepstow Plateau, come join in! The Trellech to Chepstow Plateau runs between the Usk and Wye Valleys West to East, Sloping down to Monmouth in the North and Chepstow in the south. Farmland and open country are peppered with historic sites, pretty villages and ancient woodlands.

This hike starts out from the village of St Arvans, and heads up to Chepstow Park Wood. This is one of the most densely vegetated areas remaining of the ancient forest which once covered this area, though we’ll also cover some open country, and pass the settlement of lower Fedw. Y Fedw meaning “The Birches”, was probably created through illegal settlement by workers at Tinten Wireworks, there were water mills situated on all of the tributaries of the Lower Wye including the the Angiddy which Angidy River which Fedw brook runs into

We will finish back at St Arvans, there is a lovely pub there called The Piercefield..

ROUTE FORMAT Circular
MEETING POINT Car Park at back of the Piercefield Pub, St Arvans MEETING TIME 11.00

MILES 8.5 miles.
Ascent/Descent 328m
3D video of the route https://tinyurl.com/tzfy68dp
HOURS WALKING 4 inc, a stop part way through for a lunch break.

Cost: Free

SD: 17.45
DIFFICULTY: 7/10, couple of steep bits, but not to high

WEAR Layered clothing, Hiking shoes/boots.

THINGS TO BRING:
Hat, gloves, scarf
Water, at least 1 litre
Packed lunch food/munchies for before and after the hike - there are no shops on route

FINISH TIME: There is no fixed return time, although we will aim to be back at the pub for a rewarding drink/tea/coffe/food around 4-5pm.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes.

FAQ https://tinyurl.com/2p92adfm

PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK YOUR E MAIL AND THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY UPDATES BEFORE LEAVING FOR EACH EVENT.

Wales Easter Weekend Best of the Wye Valley + Devil’s Pulpit & Railway Tunnel!

Croeso i wales! (Welcome to Wales!) and the best Wye Valley Weekend on the UK Meetup circuit! Come and see the big guns highlights and routes featuring never seen before paths and walkable railway tunnels! Think magical forested routes along the banks of the river Wye, with viewpoints down to the shining river winding in the valley below.

We will base ourselves at the base of the Wye River in the bustling Welsh Market town of Cas Gwent (Chepstow) https://tinyurl.com/yc6ypwp7 in a high standard, well appointed, large premises with a very grand chandeliered lounge and bar! We have this whole hostel booked for ourselves.

In this group we pride ourselves on our friendliness, we care what your name is and you can expect to leave having met a group of lovely people and with quite likely some lasting friendships, so escape the scourge of remote working and give yourself something to look forward to!

Highlights of this Trip:
-Welsh Hospitality and a super friendly group

- Chepstow Market Town and Castle

- Start/Finish monument of the end of the Wales Coast Path, Offa’s Dyke
Path, and Wye Valley Path

- Devils Pulpit Hike and Viewpoint

- Europe’s longest hikeable disused railway tunnel

- Tintern and Tintern Abbey

- Giants Cave and Eagles Nest Hikes

- Views of the Severn Bridges

- Guaranteed good times 😊

Itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive from 5pm,
Welcome drinks and hike briefing at 7pm
We’ll give you an outline of the fun in store over the weekend and you’ll have a chance to meet your trip mates and soon to be new friends 😊
(We will rebrief each morning so don’t panic if you miss it, but please arrive latest by 8.30 pm)

Day 2
Visit Chepstow Riverside, Wales Coast Path End Point and Gloucester hole, Tintern and the legendary Tintern Abbey.
Hike back to Chepstow returning via Brockwier, the river Wye, Devils Pulpit, and longest disused railway tunnel in Europe which you can walk through on foot (at 1k long, it’s a real adventure in itself!!h ttps://tinyurl.com/bde68t9h

Max Ascent: 302 m
Distance:
10.8 miles/13km
4.5 hrs+ lunch
View our 3D animation of (part of) this hike!: https://tinyurl.com/mrvz475p

Day 3
Chepstow Castle (Exterior)
St Arvans
Giants Cave
Eagles Nest
Views of Chepstow Great Wood

Max Ascent 391m
Aprox 10miles/16km
4hrs+lunch

Day 4
A shorter circular hike for departure day, again straight from Chepstow for large views across the Severn Estuary between England and Wales, and walking under the giant Old Severn Bridge which joins England to Wales.
3D Hike video https://tinyurl.com/3ua9kez4
5.3 miles/8.5 km
Max Elevation 71m
2hrs
Day ends by 4.00 pm

Alternative option (self led) if you are all hiked out by this point is to have an easy morning, and visit the inside of Chepstow castle, explore the many information plaques on the high street and soak up the atmosphere in the central square.

Fitness level: As a rough guide you need to be able to run 100 meters for the bus to join any of our events. We offer a variety of lengths but our hikes are designed for enjoyable adventure, as oppose to endurance challenge.

The banks of the Wye are steep and in places higher than beachy head, so there are some challenging sections on these hikes, but if you meet the above criteria you will be fine.

Cost:
£219.00
Rooms are 3, 4 or 6 beds most of which are en suite.
I have a very limited number of early bird places available at £180.00
Single supplement available of £69.00, twin supplement (couple/two friends in one room
To Join:

RSVP
Pay your £30 deposit by pay pall, full balance by bank transfer within one month or by two weeks before the trip. Only payment reserves your place on the trip, your rsvp will be removed if you don’t pay.

RSVPing for this trip confirms you have read our payment terms here https://tinyurl.com/58rca9rh

Included:
3 nights accommodation
3 Continental Breakfasts
3 Self service pack lunch
Nutritious dinner and yummy desert on Saturday night - (Plant based with Dairy) Allergies/requirements, read here https://tinyurl.com/3f92af9m
Choice of guided hikes

Not included:
Transport (see below for lift sharing)
Drinks/sundries/entrance to attractions

Getting there and away:
Member lift sharing, click this link: https://tinyurl.com/bdzjhypu
(This discussion is hosted on our other group Great Outdoors, you may have to join that group to view it)

You can drive to Chepstow from London in just under 3hr hours. Trains run in to Chepstow via Gloucester or Newport in about the same time

Health and Safety and COVID 19 statement https://tinyurl.com/yvd9bdmb

FAQ https://tinyurl.com/2p92adfm

Insurance
We recommend travel insurance with BMC/other provider.
https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/default.aspx

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