We parked our car at the bottom of the ruins of Chepstow Castle before taking a leisurely stroll to the town centre.
There were a lot of independent niche shops here. Also we were very impressed with the welcoming pedestrian environment, improved massively by the public art that focused on the towns history: 'A Chepstow Salmon's worth his weight in gold'.
The most prominent public art perhaps is the curved carved and well-detailed wall in the town centre. This wall was designed by Howard Boycott and carved by Tom Clark. In 2005, it was voted the best UK Pedestrian Scheme and it truly shows why. It really is a remarkable piece of work.
This is perhaps my favourite aspect of the wall. Click on the image and find the mouse.
My mother in law really liked Chepstow because it did not seem to have the hustle and bustle of cities, so we will definitely be making our way back there again.
As we were about to drive out of Chepstow, we noted on approach to the roundabout this amazing willow sculpture just outside Chepstow Racecourse. I've always wanted to have a go at weaving and creating a vegetable basket or something like that, so have always been keen on admiring such sculptures made from natural resources. Anyway, I was impressed with it so much to stop the car and get picture. Whilst taking the picture, someone else was there too snapping a photograph. We learned it was Mike Hartley the artist who was commissioned to create this willow racehorse. D and me smiled at each other, the last time we met the artist of a creation was in Glasgow for the Govan Mosaic Cherub. So funny. Oh whilst driving about, I also spotted some wild garlic for the picking. I will be out foraging in the next couple of weeks for sure.