Just off the A48 at Crick (aprox 4 miles West of Chepstow you can find The Ivy covered ruins of Runston Chapel standing in a cleared space that could once have been a cemetery, although there are no sign of any graves now. It is a small Norman Chapel that consists of a nave and a chancel, the arch of the chancel remains in good condition.
Drive out of Chepstow on the A466 towards Monmouth and the road follows the River Wye through some pretty villages,including Tintern.Home of this Abbey,over 700 years old,and worth a visit.About 15 minutes from Chepstow on the right.
It coats about £7 for a family ticket,its got the uaual facilities,ie toilets shops etc.s
Just before Tintern Abbey (about 2miles)on your right theres a picnic area thats idyllic,really peaceful,lots of picnic tables,not many bins so take a bag for your rubbish.
You can get some smashing photos from there,unfortunatels the weather wasnt so good when I took this photo.
The road between Usk and Abergavenny is a lovely country road to drive.Lots of places to stop,ideal for photographs and picnics.This was next to a bridge between both towns,just park up,and there it is,smans frequent the area to,lovely and peaceful.
Opposite Tintern Abbey is this pub,The Anchor,lovely food,play area for kids and they also do a mean hot chocolate in the winter MMMM.