Runston Chapel

Runston Chapel

Find the abandoned chapel of a long-lost village

Enjoy a pleasant walk through green fields with the warm sunlight touching your skin in Crick, Chepstow. Before long, you'll notice the early 12th-century Runston Chapel standing alone.

Get closer to it and hear the calves lowing around you. This church was once part of an old community in the village of Runston which dates back to the medieval period. There would have been a little settlement of 20 or more homes here as early as the 10th century.

Touch the ivy covering the chapel as you embrace the quietness surrounding it.

You can enjoy spending some time admiring the design of the chapel which is Romanesque, as the building still maintains its nave and beautifully arched chancel.

The architectural historian John Newman wrote in his Gwent/Monmouthshire Pevsner that the church had maintained its dimensions and gives "an excellent idea of the neat symmetry" of the Romanesque style.

The Roman market

A short distance away, you can step back in time at the ancient Roman town of Caerwent. Explore the Roman foundations of this once bustling market town in a rural setting.

With free parking, it's easy to pull up at the Caerwent West Gate parking lot and get the whole family (including the dog) out to the countryside.

Imagine the history of this town when it was originally built around AD 75–80. It was actually a local tribe - the Silures - who lived here before they became Romanised after the conquest of Britain.

Explore an Iron Age fort

Smell the greenery around you as you explore the nearby Chepstow Bulwarks Camp. Hidden away between modern buildings, this little gem is easy to miss.

Set on the edge of the cliff facing the River Wye, you'll soon realise why this place was chosen as the spot for a fort and why Roman invaders later occupied it too.

Unknown residents

If there's still time, be sure to also visit Llanmelin Wood Hillfort which was created by the Celts during the Iron Age before the Romans arrived.

You'll feel a sense of calm wash over you in this amazingly peaceful place, walking around nature and smelling the various flowers.

It's unknown who exactly occupied this place high above the Bristol Channel but what's certainly known from excavations is that its occupants lived in a roundhouse constructed of timber and mud.

Your historical day out will be full of fascinating facts and gorgeous scenery as you explore this beautiful part of Wales.

Runston Farm,
Monmouthshire,
GB NP16 6LS
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