The Steps, Tintern, United Kingdom
365 Steps Tintern Reviews
365 Steps Dec 20, 2008
The 365 steps are a forestry commission path in teh woods in teh Wye valley. The woods are apparently unique, and look a bit like the temperate rain forest in a Botanic garden. Except with more yew trees.
The steps ascend the steep hill on the side of teh Wye Valley just south of Tintern. The Yew trees are very old, adn twisted into strange shapes, and there are hollows and miniature caves. I went in mid winter, so I don't know what they are like the rest of the year, but there was an amazing sense of peace there.
The view from teh top is spectacular, across teh Severn Valley to England; it was sort of hazy when I went, but apparently you can sometimes see as far as the Mendips in Somerset and the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. It is well worth the climb.
I made it up adn back down in about 45 minutes, and I'm reasonably fit and stopped to admire the view for a while. it would take longer with kids, or if you wanted to stop and look at trees or anything on teh way.
the woods are very wet, and there is slippery stone covered in slippery leaves. if this sort of thing bothers you, you'd probably be better not coming here.
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