The Usk & Wye Valleys are an area of outstanding natural beauty situated on the borders of South Wales, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Take a balloon flight and enjoy a "bird's eye view" of the Welsh Border countryside at it's best, with ancient castles and Offa's Dyke. Looking towards the east view the majestic Forest of Dean. The estuary of the River Severn may be seen stretching towards Gloucestershire. To the west of the the hills and mountains of the Brecon Beacons from the horizon over which some of the most spectacular sunsets may be viewed towards the end of an evening's flight.
We select the launch site on the basis of the prevailing wind direction and weather patterns, these include:
We go ballooning from the banks of the Wye, located on the site of the Monmouth Showground, just outside the City walls and close to the Agincourt Square with its Georgian Shire Hall and fine old coaching inns.
Undoubtedly the finest late Medieval Fortress Palace in Britain. Building commenced in the 1430's and features the yellow tower and moated stronghold with gun ports and double drawbridge. Built, regardless of cost, by Sir William Thomas, he sumptuously embellished the castle and it became stil more splendid under William Lord Herbert's Elizabethan descendants who added the Banqueting Hall and other apartments.
We launch from a friend adjacent to the magnificent 12th century Tintern Abbey. The Abbey was founded by Walter Dean Clare for the White Robe Cistercian Monks. The Monks austere rule dictated that they settled in remote locations but the grandeur of the principal buildings were largely due to Roger Bigod, Lord of nearby Chepstow Castle. The Abbey is an outstanding example of elaborately decorated style gothic architecture. The unspoilt scenery has attracted visitors since the late 18th century. Artists like Turner sketched and painted here. Wordsworth drew inspiration from here and it is a stunning location to fly from when the wind direction and speed are suitable.
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