Walk Leader: Clare Scutts and Sue Rawle
Date: Saturday 30th June 2012 10:00a.m.
Start & finish point: National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow (ST 555954)
Distance: Approx 7 miles
Time to walk: Approx 4.5 hours
Description: Starting at the National Diving and Activity Centre we pick up the Gloucestershire Way and then Offa’s Dyke path as we follow the course of the Lower Wye valley. Diverting via the Lancaut Circular walk we enjoy the woods below the impressive limestone cliffs, an area protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). After we reach the chapel of St. James, we return along the Offa’s Dyke path to once again pick up the Gloucestershire Way and return to the diving centre.
Deep Trouble is a crime fiction novel set in a scuba diving club based in the Forest of Dean and the story starts in the National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow. It is unusual in that the crime scene is at the bottom of the sea on a wrecked submarine. There are a number of murderous motives including an illicit love affair, an inheritance and suspects include an irascible drinker and a manipulative philanderer. Sue Rawle is a diver herself but the story is entirely fictional as all her diving buddies in Forest Pirates are lovely people! Sue used to be the Overlooking the Wye Scheme Manager so the walk will also mention a couple of the sites which benefited from conservation works recently.
Sue Rawle will sign copies of her book “Deep Trouble” at the end of the walk. Alternatively for the intrepid why not try the longest zip wire in the country which operates at the diving centre!
Terrain: One steep descent and ascent. One central section crosses loose boulder scree near the shore, not safe for small children or the unfit.
For your rucksack: A packed lunch or alternatively there is a cafe onsite at the diving centre.
This walk is sold out.