10 Reasons Why Chepstow is a Fantastic Place to Live and Work
Based in the heart of historic Chepstow, we can often be heard singing the praises of this beautiful market town. Having lived and worked here for 25 years, we’ve become very fond of the place. That’s why, as the government prepares to lift the Severn Bridge tolls next month, we’re sharing 10 reasons why we believe Chepstow is a brilliant place to set down roots.
Whether you live here, work here or even run a business from here, have a read and see if you agree:
1. Easy access to both Wales and England. Chepstow is considered one of the gateways to Wales. Located close to junction 2 of the M48, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Whether to work, to shop or simply for the nightlife, you can be in Cardiff in under an hour and Newport or Bristol in under half an hour.
2. Quick access to beautiful, unspoilt countryside. On weekends and days off it’s nice to think you can escape the hustle and bustle and surround yourself with clean air and stunning scenery. From Chepstow you can quickly access areas of the Wye Valley AONB, the Brecon Beacons and the Forest of Dean whenever you need to get away from it all.
3. Strength in industry and distribution. Chepstow boasts a large number of distribution and manufacturing companies that are prospering thanks to the town’s ideal positioning and transport links. Chepstow’s Chamber of Commerce works hard to support and promote local businesses and the local economy.
4. Ease of international travel. Whether you travel for business or just enjoy jet setting, you’ll find two international airports within an hour’s drive of Chepstow. You’ll arrive at Bristol International in just over half an hour or Cardiff in just under an hour, although we’d advise leaving longer at busy times.
5. Stepping back in time. If you’re a history lover, the town offers plenty of interest. From Chepstow Castle, often cited as the oldest stone castle in Britain, to the medieval port walls and town gate. You’ll also spot Chepstow Bridge (Old Wye Bridge). Built in 1816 it’s the world’s largest iron arch road bridge that remains from this period of iron and steel construction.
6. Improved access to the town. It’s been a long time coming, but the government announced that on 17th December 2018 tolls will no longer be collected on either of the two road bridges crossing the Severn. This is great news for firms that use this route, such as hauliers and those that operate services or deliveries in the south-west of England and Wales. It will reduce operating costs significantly for many companies. It’s also great news if you’re job hunting or seeking staff as it widens your available search area.
7. House prices rises expected. According to property website Zoopla, average house prices in Chepstow have risen 5.3% in the last 12 months, thanks predominantly to the awaited abolition of the bridge tolls. Reports suggest that this trend will continue, albeit slowing slightly, as the free passage across the Severn comes into effect.
8. Low unemployment in the area. The Welsh Government released statistics in September 2018 suggesting that unemployment levels in the country are at a record low of 3.8%, less than the UK as a whole (4.1%). This is great news if you’re job hunting in the local area.
9. Outdoors activities on your doorstep. From open water swimming and diving at Chepstow’s own National Diving and Activity Centre to kayaking on the River Wye, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and get active. Chepstow even has direct access to three long distance footpaths- Offa’s Dyke – 177 miles up the border of Wales and England, the Gloucestershire Way and the Wales Coastal Path.