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The beauty of the lower Wye has attracted visitors since the 18th century and the valley is one of Britain’s most important areas of ancient semi-natural woodland. Cadora Woods is an important part of that mosaic of wildlife-rich habitats and is a joy to explore at any time of year.
The beautiful lower Wye Valley is rated as one of the most important concentrations of ancient, semi-natural woodland in Britain. And the Woodland Trust property called Cadora Woods is a key component of that mosaic of wildlife-rich habitats.
With plenty of paths to explore the woods offer a great opportunity for visitors to get close to nature all year round. Autumn is a time to enjoy the colour show as leaves turn to reds and golds. Look out too for some weird and wonderful fungi with names like green elfcup, wood woolyfoot and blushing bracket.
In spring you can walk through drifts of bluebells and in summer the woods are alive with butterflies and birdsong. Or take a winter walk to do some birdwatching - there’s a good chance that you will see a high-flying red kite.
Cadora Woods occupy a 2.3-mile (3.75km) stretch of the English side of the Wye Valley between Bigsweir Bridge and the village of Redbrook. The woods are in the heart of an historic border country and parts of Offa’s Dyke, the ancient England-Wales frontier, can be traced in the woods.
The property is made up of four distinct components including Bigsweir Wood (45ha), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Causeway Grove, Cadora Woods and Highbury Fields.
The beauty of the lower Wye Valley has attracted visitors since at least the 18th century. The woods are very much part of that wonderful woodland landscape and are a treat that shouldn’t be missed.
Set in the beautiful border valley of the River Wye within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cadora Woods occupies a 2.3-mile (3.75km) stretch of the valley’s west-facing slopes.
Maps: OS Explorer OL14 and Landranger 162
Grid reference: SO536076
The Monmouth to Chepstow (69) bus service stops at Redbrook and at Bigsweir Bridge. There is a reduced service on Sundays. For further information visit Traveline or call 0871 200 2233.
The nearest railway station is at Chepstow, which is about 16km (10 miles) to the south. For further information visit Traveline or call 0871 200 2233.
There is a car park at Bigsweir Wood off a minor road to Mork that joins the A466 close to Bigsweir Bridge. From the village of Redbrook, Cadora Woods can be reached via Coxbury Lane, a publicly-maintained byway that is steep in places. Coxbury Lane also passes through Highbury Fields.
Accommodation and tourist information
There are public toilets in Monmouth, which is about 10km (six miles) north of Cadora Woods. The toilets are at the town’s old bridge and at Agincourt Square.
There are also lots of cafes and pubs in Monmouth. For details visit The Monmouth Website.