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THE PLANNER

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GETTING THERE & AROUND

It takes around 2 hours 30 minutes to travel to Chepstow from London via train, with one change at either Gloucester or Newport (South Wales). Though a car might make your visit easier, local bus services reliably run throughout the AONB stopping at all major attraction­s, towns and villages. www.thetrainli­ne.com; www.traveline.info

EAT, DRINK, SLEEP

Tintern Old Rectory is a traditiona­l, comfortabl­e B&B with period decor, an open fire and bags of old-world charm. Enjoy a traditiona­l Wye Valley breakfast – featuring Welsh specialtie­s such as the Glamorgan ‘sausage’, which is actually vegetarian – and a warm welcome from knowledgea­ble local hosts Anika and Ian.

The luxury option is The Whitebrook, a stylish restaurant with rooms that boasts a Michelin star. Using locally sourced food, Chris and Kirsty aim to recreate the valley on your plate.

To sample local delicacies at less cost, drop in at

The Marches Deli in Monmouth, which stocks a range of delights produced locally. www.tintern-oldrectory.co.uk; www.thewhitebr­ook.co.uk; www.marchesdel­i.co.uk

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