14 of us Merthyr Valley Ramblers (including 5 new to the group) this morning for the Tintern & Tidenham tunnel walk. From the Old Station we took the path alongside the Wye to Brockweir Bridge, crossing the bridge we stopped to admire the 14th century Monks Hall (available as a holiday let) and the Moravian Church before making our way through the woodland to Black Morgans Wood where we had a glimpse of Tintern Abbey across the water before picking up the Wye Valley Greenway which we followed to the Tidenham Tunnel. The tunnel last had a train pass through in 1981 and after a couple of years of volunteer effort was opened to the public in April 2021. The tunnel is just over 1km long, dimly lit due to the bats that live within and no other light sources are permitted. After exiting the tunnel we made our way via country lanes to Boughspring and then it was through the fields where we stopped for lunch with views of the severn and both crossings, some more woodland followed where mutiny struck and i had to retrace steps to retrieve some of the group who had missed us turn at a crossroads in the woodland (radios proving invaluable!) , we then crossed the B4248 to the Boatswood Plantation. We picked up the Offas Dyke path and ascended to The Devils Pulpit for a view from on high over the Abbey and the Wye and a well earned break after the steep climb. Legend has it that the devil preached to the monks below and tried to get them to desert their order, perhaps it was the devil earlier leading some of the group astray?! 🤣 We continued along Offas Dyke path through the ancient woodland, eventually reaching the end of Caswell Wood and crossing fields we made our way back to Brocksweir and a return via the old railway to our cars at the station.