Tintern Abbey Cottage “such fun celebrating an Anniversary”

Tintern Abbey Cottage “delightful cottage”A great stay in a comfortable cottage
We have loved the view, spending most evenings watching the lights illuminate the Abbey (the cows have been pretty entertaining too!)

We have cycled, run, canoed, and walked and made the most of the beautiful surroundings.

The Wild Hare served a tasty meal and a welcome drink

Parva Vineyard was worthy of the £2.50 spend

And a visit to the ruined church left us contemplating the word “deplored”

Thank you for going the extra mile for “the anniversary “

Ann, Paul, Penny, Steve, Shaun and Helen

Cycling and mountain biking

Monmouthshire  Cottages are ideally located for those wishing to cycle on or off road- from a very comfortable base.

At  Tintern Abbey Cottage  we have a purpose built store with a rack for 5 bikes ,( fully lockable doors being installed  May 22 ) . Foxes Reach can secure  2-3 bikes in its laundry room . Both also have hose pipes for washing off mud. We have the Visit Wales Cyclists Welcome award too.

(Needless to say both cottages have excellent bathrooms,  washing machines and tumble driers so mud is not an issue on people either!)
After a fun packed and active day you will be glad to return to a warm house, chill by the woodburner at either cottage, soak in the hot tub at Foxes Reach or the spa bath at Abbey Cottage – or try one of the numerous pubs!

Locally there are lanes where road bikers and tri-athletes can get in some hill work, and you can book into the Wales National Velodrome in Newport (20 minutes by car) for lessons .

Don’t miss the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling ( late June ) or the Wye Valley Wiggle ( early May)

Cycle Hire

There are new businesses  where you can hire bikes locally  with deliveries to Foxes Reach and Tintern Abbey Cottage possible.

In particular we recommend the following  .

NEW! Off road cycle route Tintern to Chepstow

The long  awaited NEW shared cycle / walking route  all the way from Tintern to Chepstow is open. It follows the route of the old railway line and a highlight is cycling though the ( lit) tunnel!

The route  is open between April and October only (due to wildlife protection needs) and the tunnel itself is locked and its lights off overnight. It is expected to be open 9-5 but please check the timings at the start of your ride. If starting from Tintern cross the river on the Wireworks bridge and turn right!

This route makes it possible to go from Brockweir or Tintern all the way to Chepstow  you are also conveniently placed for continuing into Chepstow itself to visit the castle ( this last part by road is hilly and maybe not great for children ) . The route is a firm natural surface suited to off road bikes, with tarmac only in the actual tunnel. No traffic so excellent for walkers , dogs and children on bikes  on the greenway too.

NOTE Despite protests the wireworks bridge in Tintern will be closed for maintenance works from June 2022  for the rest of the year. However you can still access the Greenway  from Brockweir. Please ask us.

Pedalbikeaway – Forest of Dean (15 minutes by car)

The area’s premier trail centre is so near to us -based at Cannop on the head of the cycle trails in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. About 12-15 minutes by car from Foxes Reach and Tintern Abbey Cottage.

Suitable for some gentle exercise or a day out with the kids   but also has more challenging routes for the more experienced  and althletic rider. Bring your own bikes or hire some for the easy-going family cycle trail.There is good walking from this base as well if someone prefers not to take to wheels!

Feeling more adventurous? Then grab a mountain bike and go cross-country. Or if you’re looking for a buzz, test yourself on the challenging range of downhill routes.

They have a large fleet of regularly replaced hire bikes, cafe with compulsory – after-ride ( !) yummy cakes , bike workshop for a service and shop with accessories, parts, clothing and protective equipment .

This centre has been selected as the very first Mountain Trike Experience Centre. Mountain Trike is a unique, truly All-Terrain wheelchair that offers riders the freedom to venture out into previously inaccessible areas.


Cwmcarn is less than half an hour from the Severn Bridge so around 45 minutes from us.This is the one for the downhill speed merchants!

The wild contouring single track of Whyte bikes sponsored Twrch trail, rolling in and out of forests will keep you focused on the trail, but stop and you’ll be looking out over the Bristol Channel. Cwmcarn is also the ultimate park and play centre for serious gravity slaves. The Y Mynydd Downhill track is unique in the UK for offering a year round uplift service (details at www.cwmdown.co.uk). [Private Uplifts are not Permitted]

There’s also a purpose built freeride park, full of jump packs, berms, wall rides and a complete corkscrew for getting your eye in before hitting the full descent.

Bike Park Wales – Near Merthyr Tydfil (approx 1 hour by car)

Whether you are completely new to mountain biking or a seasoned downhill pro, BikePark Wales will offer you an incredible biking experience unlike anything you have experienced in the UK before.

The concept is simple, picture a ski resort, remove the snow and replace the pistes with an array of sweeping flowy bike trails meandering to the bottom of the mountain and you are close. Add a bunch of adrenalin and big sprinkle of fun and you are pretty much there. BikePark Wales is an exhilarating way to spend your day in the Welsh mountains.

A series of lift assisted trails caters for riders of all abilities. With a mix of incredible all weather roller coaster trails and some of the best natural Singletrack the UK has to offer, they challenge you to control the silly grin on your face at the bottom of each run.


A fleet of mini buses will transport you quickly, safely and comfortably to 491m, the top of the mountain, Myndd Gethin. You will be dropped off at the very top of the hill right next to the start of the trails. All that remains to do is select your route and whoop and holler your way back to the bottom of the mountain in time to catch the next lift up.

If you would rather not use their uplift and you feel up to the challenge there is  also have a Single track climb so you can pedal your way to the top of the hill before choosing your route down. Day passes are just £5 for riders wishing to pedal up (they  do not charge for car parking).

Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

The attractive market town of Abergavenny, home of Becky James, is fast making a name in the cycling world. Have a look at www.abergavennyfestivalofcycling.co.uk.

There are numerous classes and the size of the crowds coming to watch  successors to Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy increases each year.

Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales

Ride the Velodrome named after our local champion- where Champions Ride!  Around half an hour by car from the cottages. You can spectate but also you can book in for lessons including beginner sessions. Are you the next Nicole Cook or Chris Hoy or Geraint??

In summary

Foxes Reach Cottage holds a Visit Wales Cyclists Welcome Award and we can make room to lock bikes in the cottage laundry .

Tintern Abbey Cottage holds a Visit Wales Cyclists Welcome award and has a lockable bike shed for 2-3 bikes (sharing with the dustbins but secure) .

  • Local and National Cycle routes abound
  • Hundreds of miles of off-road tracks for mountain biking enthusiasts. particularly fantastic in the Forest of Dean (10 minutes the English side of the Wye)
  • Gentle canal side cycling along the Monmouth-Brecon Canal
  • True Mountain biking  from easy to very demanding and complete with uplifts at Bike Park Wales. This incredible new centre is at Merthyr and under one hour from us..
  • Celtic Trail Map NN4B – Chepstow to Swansea
  • Lon Las Cymru NN8A – Chepstow to Builth Wells
  • Velodrome locally (Newport)

More about cycling in Monmouthshire on http://www.visitmonmouthshire.com/things-to-do/Cycling-routes-in-Monmouthshire.aspx

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