This way down

By Mark Elson in Local People

AROUND 100 daredevils took the challenge to abseil down the side of a castle tower on Easter Sunday.

Visitors get to the top of the 80ft Woodstock tower at Caldicot Castle up a narrow stone staircase – and normally come down that way too.

But Monmouthshire County Council, which runs the attraction, gave visitors the chance to get an unusual view of the surroundings by abseiling down the side.

Among them was Yvette Edwards of Caldicot, who took the challenge with son Alun.

She said: “I wouldn’t say I wasn’t scared but it was interesting. You don’t often get opportunities like this.”

They were guided down by experts from the Gwent Outdoor Activities Centres and used ropes that can cope with weights up to five tonnes.

The fun day marked the re-opening both of the castle – with a new-look cafe – for the 2017 season and a refurbished playground in the adjoining country park.

Among the attractions were smaller climbing walls, historic vehicles and demonstrations by the fishermen of the nearby Black Rock lave net heritage fishery.

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