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The Wye Valley & Vale of Usk area is remarkably accessible however you decide to travel.


By rail Mainline railway stations are located at Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction, Caldicot, Chepstow and Abergavenny with regular services to and from London (in under 2 hours), Cardiff, Plymouth, Birmingham and Manchester Piccadilly. For travel information contact National Rail Enquiries Tel: +44 (0)8457 484950 (24 hours, local call rates apply). If phoning from overseas Tel: +44 207278 5240 (International rates apply) nationalrail.co.uk. To book train tickets visit thetrainline.com. Visitors with specific needs or cyclists wishing to use trains should contact the individual train operators: First Great Western Tel: +44 (0)845 700 0125 firstgreatwestern.co.uk Cross Country Trains Tel: +44 (0)844 811 0124 crosscountrytrains.co.uk Arriva Trains Wales Tel: +44 (0)845 6061 660 arrivatrainswales.co.uk


The Explore Wales Pass This pass offers four days train and eight days bus travel on all mainline rail services and most scheduled bus services in Wales, plus discounted rates at many of Wales’ largest tourist attractions. The pass is available in three options, ‘all Wales’, ‘north Wales’ or ‘south Wales’. For further information or to buy tickets visit arrivatrainswales.co.uk/explorewales Tel: +44 (0)870 9000 773


Cymru Connect Through a partnership between Arriva Trains Wales and bus operators in Wales, Cymru Connect allows you to book a ticket at a UK rail station and travel in Wales using a combination of rail and bus in one single transaction. You can plan your journey by calling Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or online at traveline-cymru.info


Via the Channel Tunnel Eurotunnel carrying vehicles and passengers Tel: +44 (0)8705 353535 eurotunnel.com


Eurostar passenger train service Tel: +44 (0)8432 186186 eurostar.com


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By coach & bus National Express operates a national network of coach services to Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth and Newport. Book your ticket through Chepstow Tourist Information Centre on +44 (0)1291 623772 or visit nationalexpress.com


Local and national information on timetables and fares is available from Traveline (All Wales Public Transport Information) Tel: (0)871 200 2233 (0700 – 2200 hours daily, national call rates apply) traveline-cymru.info. The Monmouthshire Bus Guide is a free annual publication that lists local bus services. Contact the Tourist Information Centres for your copy or visit monmouthshire.gov.uk/publictransport.


By bicycle The Wye Valley & Vale of Usk can be reached via several National Cycle Routes. Routes 4, 42, 46, 47, 49 and 88 all enter and explore parts of the destination. Many accommodation operators in the area offer luggage transfers from railway and bus stations, enabling you to arrive and explore the area without the need for a car. For more information on road-free cycling and cycling safety visit sustrans.org.uk which includes detailed maps of each National Cycle Route.


By road The Wye Valley & Vale of Usk is served by an excellent road system which provides fast, easy access. The M4 and M48 skirt the southern edge while the A40 runs through the middle of the area. From London and the south of England use the M4 and the Second Severn Crossing or for Chepstow, Tintern & the Wye Valley branch off just past Bristol onto the M48 and cross the original Severn Bridge. From south west England use the M5, then M4/M48. From the Midlands and northern England use the M6, M5, M50 and A40.


For the latest traffic information on trunk roads and motorways in Wales, visit traffic-wales.com.


A toll is payable when travelling west-bound across either the Severn Bridge (M48) or the Second Severn Crossing (M4). Charges for 2012 are cars and motor caravans £6.00, small goods vehicles and small buses £12.10, heavy goods vehicles and buses £18.10. For up to date information contact Severn


River Crossing plc, Tel: +44 (0)1454 635000 or visit the website severnbridge.co.uk.


Unlike the Second Severn Crossing (M4), the original Severn Road Bridge (M48) has a path specifically for cyclists and pedestrians, for whom there is no toll.


By air The international airports of Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham are all within easy travelling distance of the Wye Valley & Vale of Usk. London Heathrow is a two hour drive along the M4 whilst all airports named here have direct public transport links to the national rail and coach networks. Contact the airports for flight information:


Cardiff International Airport Tel: +44 (0)1446 711111 tbicardiffairport.com


Bristol International Airport Tel: +44 (0)871 3344344 bristolairport.co.uk


Birmingham International Airport Tel: +44 (0)844 5766000 birminghamairport.co.uk


London Heathrow and London Gatwick are less than three hours away via Flightlink, luxury coach travel. Tel: +44 (0)8717 818181 (0800 – 2200 daily, national call rates apply) nationalexpress.com


By sea There are ferry connections from mainland Europe to the UK’s south and east coasts and from Ireland to ports in Wales.


Brittany Ferries Tel: +44 (0)871 2441400 brittany-ferries.com


Irish Ferries Tel: +44 (0)871 7300400 irishferries.com


P&O Tel: +44 (0)8716 646464 poferries.com


DFDS Seaways Tel: +44 (0)871 5229955 dfds.co.uk


Stena Line Tel: +44 (0)844 7707070 stenaline.co.uk


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