If you’re lucky enough to be in Wales on a clear day, then you must include an incredible viewpoint on your itinerary. Of course, you have plenty to choose from. But if you find yourself near the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), then the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint near Chepstow is well worth it!
To see this viewpoint, you need to traverse a sloping and sometimes steep trail to the top. But once you arrive, you’ll have unparalleled views across part of the River Wye and towards the River Severn. On a clear day, you can even see the two bridges that connect South Wales to England.
Read on to find out more about visiting the viewpoint and the walking trails involved. We’ve included routes, tips and more to help you plan your walk. We hope you find them helpful!
Eagle’s Nest Viewpoint & Walk (At A Glance)
Eagle’s Nest Viewpoint & Walk
Eagle’s Nest in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is home to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the area. It’s well worth the tricky walk to the top!
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Distance: 1.25 miles (2 km)
Duration: 2 hours
Ascent: 235 metres (771 feet); 365 steps up or down
Terrain: Muddy and steep with uneven steps and narrow paths in places
Conditions: Shady and sheltered
Parking: The Lower Wyndcliff car park (postcode: NP16 7JB) and Upper Wyndcliff car park (postcode: NP16 6HG) are both free and close to the trail.
Best Time To Climb: March to October on a clear day is best for the viewpoint. Come on a weekday or in the morning to avoid potential crowds.
Facilities: There are no facilities available at the car parks or viewpoint. Head to either Tintern (2.1 miles away) or Chepstow (3.3 miles away) for the nearest public toilets, cafes and restaurants.
Walking Routes To The Eagle’s Nest Viewpoint
There are various walking trails you can follow, which will take you to Eagle’s Nest viewpoint and beyond. These range from moderate to challenging depending on the route you follow.
1. Eagle’s Nest Straight Walk – 1 Mile – 1 Hour
If you’re only interested in visiting the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint, then you might prefer the shortest and easiest walk.
Start at the Upper Wyndcliff car park and follow the signs uphill for the viewpoint. From this car park, you’ll follow a sloping trail to the viewpoint for roughly half a mile.
You’ll then follow the same route back to the car park to avoid the steep steps.
Note: Although this is the easiest walking trail, it’s still steep in places and can get very muddy on wet days. We’d recommend wearing appropriate hiking gear just in case.
2. Eagle’s Nest Circular Trail – 1.25 Miles – 2 Hours
If you’d rather follow a circular trail to the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint, then you can do this from either car park: Upper Wyndcliff or Lower Wyndcliff.
You can also follow the trail clockwise or counterclockwise (depending on whether you want to climb up or down the 365 steps).
We’d suggest starting at Lower Wyndcliff car park and following the trail clockwise. While you’ll start the walk with a steep and often muddy hill, you’ll quickly get this out of the way while you have plenty of energy.
Following the trail in this direction also means you’ll come down the steps, which are very steep and uneven in many places. While you may still find the steps tricky, we think it’s easier to come down them rather than up. Notice one of the steps was damaged when we visited.
Interestingly, with all the moss-covered trees and twists and turns, this part of the walk felt a lot like wandering through Puzzlewood in the nearby Forest of Dean.
3. Wye Valley Way to Eagles Nest Circular – 7 Miles – 4 Hours
If you’d rather visit Eagle’s Nest viewpoint as part of a longer and far more epic hike, then you might enjoy following this route listed on AllTrails.
This large circular trail starts at the Welsh Street car park in Chepstow and leads you on a meandering path through the Lower Wyndcliff Wood, along the banks of the River Wye and past the Otter Cave, Giants Cave, up to the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint and back.
There’s also the opportunity for you to make a detour to nearby Chepstow Castle on foot.
What To Wear & Pack When Visiting The Eagle’s Nest Viewpoint
Given you see the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint after a sloping and often steep walk across muddy terrain, you should wear proper walking boots and appropriate hiking gear.
Here’s what we think you should wear and pack (at a minimum) when visiting this viewpoint:
- Walking boots
- Thick boot socks
- Walking trousers
- Layers (so you can put more on and take more off when needed)
- Windproof and waterproof jacket (it can get windy at the top and it often rains in Wales!)
- Water (more than you think you’ll need)
- Lunch (there’s a low stone wall at the viewpoint, which is often a popular picnic spot)
- Stuff for your dog if they’re joining you (lead, poop bags, water, snacks, collapsible water bowl, etc)
FAQs About Visiting The Eagle’s Nest Viewpoint
If you still have questions about the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint in the Wye Valley, then hopefully you’ll find the answers you need in the list of FAQs below. But if not, please leave us a note in the comments section at the bottom of the blog post and we’ll reply ASAP!
Is it worth visiting the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint?
The Eagle’s Nest viewpoint in the Wye Valley is well worth visiting. While it can be a tricky climb to the top via steep and sometimes narrow paths, the view you get across part of the River Wye and towards the River Severn is well worth it on a clear day. If it’s rainy or overcast, you probably won’t enjoy it as much.
What time of day is best to visit the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint?
Ideally, you should start your walk to the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint in the morning. Not only will you escape some of the crowds that come in the afternoon, but you might also be able to enjoy a quiet lunch or coffee break at the viewpoint itself.
How many steps are there to Eagle’s Nest in the Wye Valley?
There are a whopping 365 steps to the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint. Having walked down them ourselves, it actually felt like a lot more than that because many of them are damaged and uneven.
Where is the parking for the Eagle’s Nest Wye Valley walk?
You can park near the start of the walking trail at either the Lower Wyndcliff car park (postcode: NP16 7JB) or Upper Wyndcliff car park (postcode: NP16 6HG). Both car parks are free. The upper car park is closer to the viewpoint and skips the steep steps if you just walk to the viewpoint and back.
Other Things To Do Nearby
While you’re exploring this area, you might want to check out the following nearby places and things to do. Alternatively, check out this list of cool and unique things to do in Wales for even more inspiration!
Symonds Yat Rock
If you like the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint, then you’ll probably also enjoy the more famous Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint, which is roughly a 30-minute drive away. You might even recognise the viewpoint as a Harry Potter filming location!
Dating back as far as the 1100s, Chepstow Castle was built by a close friend of none other than William the Conqueror. Today, you can wander through the castle ruins and enjoy even more stunning viewpoints across the River Wye. You’ll find the castle within a 10-minute drive of the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint. Despite being managed by the Cadw in Wales, English Heritage members can also enjoy free or discounted entry to Chepstow Castle.
Founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, Tintern Abbey, roughly 10 minutes in the other direction from the viewpoint is another must-see for history lovers. Despite the abbey’s vast age, much of it is still standing and incredible to see. Once again, English Heritage members can enjoy free or discounted entry to the abbey.
While Chepstow is considered the gateway to the Wye Valley, Newport, roughly 20 miles away is considered the gateway to South Wales. Here, you can enjoy various activities within the city itself, as well as various day trip opportunities to National Trust properties, the Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve, the ancient Roman town of Caerleon and much more.
READ NEXT: 13 BEST Things To Do in Newport, Wales
Alternatively, why not head 20 miles in the opposite direction and cross the Severn Bridge to visit the trendy hipster city of Bristol? Here, you can explore various historic sites, wander along the harbourside, experience even more incredible viewpoints and much more.
We hope you enjoy your walk to the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint in the Wye Valley. Which route do you think you’ll take? And have you got any other questions? Let us know in the comments section below…
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