Ramble, race and relax, taking in everything from peaks to pits

From gentle country strolls to challenging mountain paths, explore on foot or by bike to experience stunning unspoilt views from the Skirrid. Go kayaking on the Wye, or fish the Usk. Experience white water rafting, or take to the skies and try hang gliding. Step back in time with a trip to Big Pit and dare to discover the depths of the mines.

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Country kids

Children of all ages will delight in den building, bug hunting and woodland adventures. Pack a picnic and enjoy a nature trail through the meandering paths, stopping only for an impromptu game of Pooh sticks on one of the winding streams.

The games room is packed with activities to occupy the most energetic and restless souls. Tackle table tennis, table football and pool, and tuck into the plethora toys and books to fire young imaginations. Let off steam with a kick about with a football on the lawn and some seriously competitive cartwheeling.

Head out on bikes to discover the local area, learn to canoe on the River Wye, or head to the National Diving Centre in Chepstow. Who’s going to be brave enough to tackle the 700 metre long Wire Zip Slide and its awe-inspiring bird’s eye view?

Step back in time at St Fagan’s living museum where traditional crafts and activities are brought to life by local artisans who share their knowledge and experience at Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. At Big Pit you can experience first hand the life of a miner with a trip down the pits – at 300 feet underground this is a real eye-opening experience. For more subterranean exploration, curious kids will love to explore the complex caverns of Clearwell Caves.

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For the grown-ups

Experience off-road driving experiences in the Forest of Dean, and a plethora of adrenaline-inducing activities including white water rafting, caving and abseiling. Scale rock faces and clamber up mountainsides. When you’re exhausted, retreat to one of the many fabulous country pubs for a well earned pint.

Monmouth is a gorgeous market town known for its historic Shire Hall and its mix of shops, cafes and the Anchor Hill vineyard. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in this characterful town and then head off to explore Raglan castle, the Raglan micro brewery or enjoy a ramble through the Robert Croes Nature reserve.

Golfers won’t want to miss the Ryder Cup course at the Celtic Manor resort, while those looking for a blissful break should head to the spa for some serious R&R. Secure a day pass to make the most of the local salmon and trout fishing opportunities, and enjoy the opportunity for some restful reflection on Maesbrook’s very own fishing lake.

Stately local sites include Tintern Abbey and Tredegar House as well as the stunning Goodrich Castle. Fancy a flutter? Then your best bet is to head to Chepstow Racecourse for a flutter on the horses.

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