Griff Rhys Jones visits Monmouthshire

First published in Monmouthshire news

COMEDIAN Griff Rhys Jones' adventure took him to Monmouthshire and a canoe ride down the River Wye.

The Welsh presenter famous for being half of a double act with Mel Smith has embarked on 'A Great Welsh Adventure' as part of an ITV production to showcase the Welsh Landscape. Episode seven titled Border which will be broadcast on February 17, will see him scale the top of the Severn Bridge and travel to Chepstow Castle.

He said: "I’m setting out on a personal odyssey, you see I was born in Wales but brought up in Essex and now I’m coming back. I want to get to grips with a wonderful, magical, remarkable country – Wales.”

Mr Jones' journey begins at an old ferry crossing near Bristol which many years ago was used to transport people to Wales. The ferry crossing was replaced in 1966 by the Severn Bridge in which he joins the maintenance crew in a walk along the bridge to check the wires.

In Chepstow he takes Welsh lessons and learns the words to the Welsh National Anthem. He then paddles up the River Wye with a group of canoeists where he gets the best views of Chepstow Castle and learns more about Tintern Abbey.

The adventurer has already visited other parts of Wales which include Snowdonia, Gower, Pembrokeshire, Anglesey, Mid Wales, Conwy, Border and Brecon.

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