To experience nature, then Monmouthshire is one of the best places in the whole country to do so. With typical Welsh valleys and rolling hills stretching out into the horizon, the county is a real beauty spot and it is also home to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It features the River Wye which is the 5th longest in the UK and offers a variety of water sports in addition to gentle sailing. There are many different types of wildlife in the Wye Valley, from rare species of fish such as twaite and shad, to ravens, falcons and hawks. The whole area is great for wildlife and bird spotting with endless photographic opportunities of the dramatic landscapes and picturesque natural portrayals of Wales.
The Black Mountains provide some of the best scenery in the whole of the UK and part of their reach falls under Monmouthshire. They stretch off out into the distance with intense scenery and numerous walking, cycling and climbing trails.
Monmouthshire is a county that is steeped in history and heritage. There are various castles in its boundaries that have played a significant role in the history of the area. Chepstow Castle for example dates back to the 11th century and is the oldest post-Roman stone fortification in the whole of Britain. It was used as an important strategic defense in the wars between England and Wales and is a great way to learn about the history of the local area. Raglan Castle can also be found in the county and, even though it is slightly newer being a late medieval construction, it was an important castle during the English Civil War.
Abergavenny is a small market town but is the biggest in Monmouthshire. It has narrow streets, an abundance of local stores and holds markets every week where you can buy local produce. The Abergavenny Food Festival is held there every September and provides a chance to sample local Welsh dishes as well as those from further afield.
Monmouthshire has a deep heritage and offers some enduring picturesque scenery. The county is not as well known as some others in Wales or in the rest of the UK, however, it has a lot of things to offer tourists. It is hard to get more traditionally Welsh than here, both in the local culture and the environment. While you need to look elsewhere to find bustling cities and energetic urban areas, what you can find in Monmouthshire is the chance to get away from the rigours of everyday life and experience the great outdoors of the Welsh countryside.