(Not) The Three Castles

Walk Leader: Mike Ogden

Date: Friday 19th October 2012 10:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Layby just across Skenfrith bridge from The Bell (SO458202).

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: A stroll in beautiful border countryside but seeing how troubled it must have been in the past. This is a moderate walk around the English border near Skenfrith. Starting from the bridge at Skenfrith and walking down the scenic eastern bank of the Monnow to a now abandoned church. Then on to see the site of the first castle and an old mill, now almost forgotten. Across the Monnow we start to climb to the church at St Maughns with its unusual tower and then on up to a ridge giving panoramic views to the west of the county and along to the site of the second castle. We then return via old lanes, through fields and cider orchards to the hill overlooking Skenfrith with breathtaking views to the north before descending steeply to Skenfrith with its castle, ancient mill and remarkable church.

Terrain: Some noticeable slopes and one very steep descent. Numerous stiles. A single toilet near the start/finish point.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch and of course a camera.

Price: £5 per ticket

This walk is no longer on sale.

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