Monmouth and Back

Walk Leader: Diana Standing

Date: Sunday 21st October 2012 09:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Monmouth Leisure Centre (SO512131).

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: This walk starts and ends in Monmouth following the boundary of Hadnock Chase, a part of the Forest given to Wales many years ago! It starts with a steep climb to the Kymin and the Naval Temple for widespread views to the Black Mountains. Then across fields and the road entering the forest following a contour track with more views of Monmouthshire. Next passing the Suckstone, said to be the largest fallen block in Britain, up a steep climb to the top of The Near Harkening Rock. Here is the lunch spot with yet more views under the shelter of trees. Then through the Forest and Highmeadow woods where charcoal pans and deer may be seen. Onwards down a very steep slope to the Biblins Bridge over the River Wye. On the far bank it is up once more and then along a wooded path over the top of the Severn Sisters rocks high above the Wye. This path leads to King Arthurs Cave, said to be the longest inhabited cave in UK with occupation from 12,000 BC to the Roman Period 400 AD. From here trails lead through the woods of Wyastone Leys Estate onto Little Doward. The route then goes downhill to regain the bank of the Wye which is followed back to Monmouth.

Terrain: Several steep sections. Good footwear essential. Riverside section can be slippery in wet weather.

For your rucksack: Packed lunch and a drink.

Price: £5 per ticket

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