A group of visitors from the Pontnewydd Development Association travelling with Veolia coaches were show around the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean by a Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guide.
The association was formed by former A. R. P. wardens after WWII. One member recalled visiting St Briavels as a boy during the war and described arriving at St Briavels station and seeing soldiers training at Bigsweir bridge.
Another member was delighted that the route passed her daughter’s house and was able to impart her first hand knowledge of the recent St Briavels bread and cheese ceremony.
The visitors saw the only working waterwheel in the Wye Valley at Abbey Mill, Tintern. The wheel was restored in 2010 by the Wye Valley A.O.N.B. as part of the “Overlooking the Wye” project.