A good walk: St Arvans and the Eagle’s Nest, Monmouthshire

The view from the Eagle�s Nest

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    The view from the Eagle�s Nest


Christopher Somerville

Published at 12:01AM, February 28 2015

We looked across sunlit slopes and the first buds of the daffodils to a wide silver streak of the Severn Estuary

The twin cherubs on St Arvans� village fountain have been discharged streams
of water from their cast-iron urns � dried up these days � for well over a
century. Distinctly underdressed on this cold St David�s Day, they looked
and felt half frozen. We followed a wide grassy ride, west across the fields
to where the barns of Rogerstone Grange overlooked stud farm paddocks of
horses in thick winter coats.

Field paths led us on through a broad, undulating landscape typical of these
southernmost Welsh Borders. In the margins of Chepstow Park Wood a buzzard
mewed like a frightened kitten as it

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