Old Station Tintern – Nature Walk

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Old Station Tintern - Nature Walk

Hello! Welcome and join us as we embark on another fun, family nature walk and explore the beautiful location of Tintern, in the Wye Valley. 

Old Station Tintern

The Old Station Tintern, is a charming location that we stumbled upon quite by accident. Hidden in the heart of the beautiful Wye Valley, it made such a lovely family day out, I had to share it for you all to enjoy too!

Where is Old Station Tintern?

This beautiful nature walk destination is located in the heart of the Wye Valley, close to Monmouth and Chepstow. It is an old steam railway station, with two carriages now used as a visitor centre, with toilets, cafe and children’s play area. Even better, they have a really lovely scheme to encourage your Little Explorers – you can collect a clip board from the visitors’ center to take around with you – a bit like a nature detective. If you can find everything on the clipboard, when you return from your walk, you are rewarded by a fun nature badge. If you earn 5 nature badges, you can choose a free tote bag. For kids – and adults, it is really fun!

Our Nature Walk

For our nature walk, we followed to trail left, past the cafe and play area until we reached the steps. This part of the walk was a perfect spot for woodland detective’s adventures. Climbing the steps (about 20), we turned right, over the bridge, heading towards the village – take a good look at the direction the river is flowing (more on this later!)

After the bridge, there are two options – for a slightly longer walk, and a delightful country hedgerow adventure, continue straight on and take the second left (the road after the river). Follow this up, exploring as you go, then return and follow the green ‘public footpath’ sign down a narrow lane towards the river.

Turn right along the river path and enjoy a lovely riverside adventure. Here, the river bank is so inviting, it is excellent for an impromptu picnic before continuing our nature walk. 

After the first gate / stile, get ready for the most amazing meadow detective’s adventure! Here, you will find magnificent oak trees, meadow flowers, bees and butterflies – hundreds of butterflies! We followed this path as far as the next gate along, by which point our Little Explore had fallen asleep on her baba’s shoulders. So, we decided to turn back. But in total, coming and going at the little one’s pace and stopping for a picnic, it took us  about 2.5 hours. 

Family Friendly?

So, it was a beautiful nature walk, but was it family friendly? Definitely. The paths were all suitable for an off road or sturdy buggy, except for the steps near the beginning. But, we took our Little One out and walked her up the steps, while I carried the buggy. So, it would be difficult to do single-handed. 

There were two gates along the walk, though we only used one, but the area is also used as a bridleway, so the gates are easy to open and push a buggy through. There are also stiles at each gate that you can use.

The going is really easy, almost entirely flat and therefore no problem for carrying sleepy explorers or baby wearing. 

There were so many species of flower, tree, bird and bug, we ticked off almost a third of our Nature Nook Detective’s Book and would easily have earned ourselves at least four Nature Nook Badges.

We would definitely recommend Old Station Tintern as a fun, family friendly nature walk destination.

Our Nature Detective's Findings

Here are just a few of our Little Detective’s findings on this multi-locational nature walk. Remember – there are woodlands, hedgerows, river banks and meadows to explore!

Old Station Tintern
hart's tongue fern
stinging nettle
buttercup
meadowsweet

Happy Nature Walking!

Leila x

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Let’s Find Some Spring Flowers!

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining… its time to head out on a Nature Walk and find some spring flowers!

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Snowdrop
daffodils

Daffodils

First, that most unmistakable of spring flowers… the bright and  cheerful daffodil. The daffodil can be identifies by its startling yellow flowers with large, bold petals and its sticky-out trumpet centers. See them growing in clutches and clumps as they march and sway in vibrant clusters all along our paths, banks and verges.

daffodils

Can you find some yellow daffodils?

Blackthorn

Second up, is the blackthorn tree. Look in any hedgerow or forest and you are sure to spot its dainty, fairy blossoms… blackthorn is one of the very first trees to flower in the springtime. You can even spot them growing all along our motorways! 

blackthorn

Can you spot some blackthorn flowers?

Celandine

Third up, is the celandine! Another bright yellow little flower, but more discreet than the daffodil. Celandine has dark green, heart-shaped leaves, and can be spotted growing along verges, under hedgerows and in parks, gardens, woodlands and street corners.

celandine

Can you track down some celandine?

Primrose

Fourth on our list, is the primrose. A dainty, delicate pale yellow flower, found growing discreetly on sunny banks and hillsides and basking in the soft spring sunshine. Primrose has long, soft, downy, spongy, crinkly-looking leaves. It grows close to the ground so it can hide among the grasses!

primrose flowers

Can you find some primrose flowers?

Snowdrop

Our fifth spring flower, is the snowdrop! Little, dainty, frosty white flowers, nodding gently on droopy green stalks. These flowers can be seen popping their heads up near tree roots, through autumn leaves and underneath the hedgerows. 

Snowdrop

Can you find some dainty snowdrops?

Crocus

Lastly, the sixth flower on our list – the fragile, pretty crocus. Often found growing in large, showy swathes in both country and city parks and gardens. Crocus comes in many colours – pink, purple, white, orange, yellow…

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Can you find some swathes of crocus?