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Piercefield Park and Wye Gorge, Chepstow

Mud, mud, glorious mud...

Eighteen walkers attended this very interesting historical walk from and to Chepstow Castle through Piercefield Park and Wye Gorge, along the mid-18th century paths through the park, discovering its secrets along the way.  The recent bad weather made this mostly woodland route a strenuous walk, as most of the paths had turned to mud and were very difficult to walk on at times, but that did not deter the group climbing eventually to the Eagle's Nest viewing point on the cliffs above the Wye Gorge, and thankfully, it did not rain.  After descending carefully down the '365 steps' back through the park for a distance, we eventually took a route past the ruins of Piercefield House and its stables, and heard about its history, especially during World War II, and then past the back straight of Chepstow Racecourse.  Tired and muddy, the drink in a local pub at the end of the walk proved very welcome.

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