St Briavels


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YHA Outdoors Trekking Culture


One place in the Wye system that's central to outdoors culture, the trekking and or hiking community is St Briavels the historic 12th century Norman Castle that's home to the YHA.

Besides Rhayader near source with its Mountain Biking or say Symonds Yat with its kayaking and climbing St Briavels (Village) at 800 feet above sea level is a major attraction in the Wye Valley drawing people in from all over the world to stay whilst exploring the Wye system often on foot and with a backpack.

The massive 7th century defensive mound Offa's Dyke is en route and many stay for this reason. However, the Dyke and St Briavels lay within the Lower reaches of the Wye providing hikers the chance to, not only enjoy the Dyke, but a river and a community that has grown out of the forest and valley setting that the Wye meanders through.

It's a place full of atmosphere, which retains many of its original features. An ideal place to visit or stay if on a long haul or section hike the Wye Explorer video left captures some of the atmosphere. To watch Just click, sit back and soak it up.

Trekking is nomadic, a migration and a means of discovering our being by way of exploring the world, nature, history and each other. Trekking culture has a way about it as it meanders the land. It strives to communicate, be restorative, connect with its humanity and enjoy life to the full. There are tourists, wild campers, bush crafters, long haul hikers, families, healers, artists, athletes and many more that constitute the trekking community that support local life as they expand their view.

Links & Direction


Youth Hostel Association St Briavels for backpackers, families and events.


Monmouth, Llandogo or Chepstow Click

Brisol - South Wales Click

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