Rogiet

Rogiet's ruined windmill

Rogiet is a tiny village in Monmouthshire. It exists because of its railway junction, not as a destination. A few bemused travellers are sometimes stranded here and may be seen searching in vain for any source of refreshment. This article should be taken as a dire warning to them.

Get in

By car

Accessible from the M4. Equally placed between both of the Severn Bridges, but be careful to take the local road as the otherwise convenient M48 linking them doesn't have any turn-offs between them. Simplest route is to use the M4 across the newer Second Severn Crossing, then come off at the first Junction 23 (with the services) and then take the road through Magor.

By train

Rogiet only grew because of Severn Tunnel Junction railway station. Few visitors arrive in Rogiet except by accident from missed connections here. Services are actually very good, with the line between Bristol and Cardiff giving good services to Bath, Newport and even London. In the other direction are services to Caldicot, Chepstow and Gloucester.

By bus

Services between Newport and Chepstow.

Get around

Walk

See

There is practically nothing worth seeing in Rogiet. The village's only building of note is a ruined windmill. The major tourist points of interest are a carved tree and a carved stone. Neither are easily found.

Grotto, Dewstow Gardens

Dewstow Grotto: A bizarre underground grotto, set in landscaped gardens. Buried during World War II and only re-discovered and excavated decades later. Remarkably unusual and well worth seeing. This is closer to Caldicot than Rogiet, but it's near enough to walk.

Churches: There are two churches, possibly dating from the 13th century, in and near the village. St Mary's is the village's church. The redundant St Michael and All Angels in nearby Llanfihangel is usually closed, but opens for occasional concerts. Llanfihangel is not such a bustling metropolis as Rogiet; less a village and more of a farmyard.

Nearby

Caldicot and its castle.

Caerwent and the Roman town of Venta Silurum.

Do

Nothing. Trainspotting is literally one of the village's bigger tourist attractions and may bring large crowds for intermittent steam specials.

Buy

Nothing. There is one tiny newsagent / post office and a garage.

Eat

Nothing.

Drink

Nothing. The Roggiett Hotel, a fine and quite large pub, closed some years ago. This leaves Rogiet as one of the very few Welsh villages with no pub.

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