Fiddlers Elbow is a steep sided, woodland
reserve located in the Upper Wye Valley just to the northeast of
the market town of Monmouth, and close to the Wales/England
The reserve forms part of the Fiddlers Elbow Site of Special
Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Wye Valley Woodlands/ Coetiroedd
Dyffryn Gwy Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
The surface in the Woodland Trust section of the reserve is
natural and is largely firm underfoot.
The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail section is stone surfaced,
but can nevertheless get slippery when it’s raining.
Access has recently been improved for
powered scooter users at the Western side of the reserve; however,
drivers should still take care under poor weather conditions.
How to get there
The reserve is bisected by the A4136. Access to the eastern
section of the reserve is via a steep path from the lay-by on
Take special care around the various paths crossing this
section, as many can be steep, muddy and slippery - especially when
service is available servicing the eastern section of the reserve,
stopping at Wyesham village near the start of Hadnock Road. For
more information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 2002233 or visit
Access to the Western section of the
reserve is limited to entry at the Offas dyke path.
There are no facilities on site and the nearest public toilets
are in Monmouth some two-and-a-half kilometres away.
The Woodland Trust manages the eastern part of the reserve.
Please phone the trust on 01686 412508 for further information or
The western section of the reserve is managed by a private
owner, in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales.
You can contact our southern team via the CCW enquiries help
line on 0845 1306229 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can
also write to us at the address under ‘Contact the team’.