2012 June Festival

The Folklore of Flowers


Walk Leader: Mark Langley Monmouthshire Countryside Service

Date: Friday 22nd June 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Llanbadoc Island Site (SO377000) Postcode NP15 1SX. The site is situated behind Llanbadoc Church, ½ mile out of Usk on the road to Caerleon.

Distance: 5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 3 hours

Description: Ever wondered how the daisy got its name, what plant can be used to cure piles or how you can use an apple to foretell your future spouse? If so then join us on this light-hearted look at the folklore of flowers. We will be travelling through fields, woodlands and along farm tracks in the area between Llanbadoc, Usk and Gwehelog.

Terrain: One short steep slope and lots of stiles.

For your rucksack: Bring your camera, snacks and drinks.

Price: £5 per ticket

Chwarel y Fan


Walk Leader: Mike Ogden

Date: Saturday 23rd June 2012 10:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Car Park, Llanthony Priory, (SO289278).

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: You can’t get any higher than this! Walk to the highest point in Monmouthshire. A fairly energetic walk in the Black Mountains which starts at Llanthony Priory before heading steeply up along the Beacons Way to the Bal-Mawr ridge. We then go on up to Chwarel y Fan, the highest point in Monmouthshire. After hopefully admiring the magnificent views we descend, past the old Monastery to Capel-y-ffin and then return south enjoying the views along the slopes of the Llanthony Valley.

Terrain: Serious slopes and steep descents. Several stiles.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch and of course a camera for those magnificent views!

Price: £5 per ticket

The Clytha Circular


Walk Leader: Joe Daggett (Head Warden, National Trust Mid and SE Wales)

Date: Sunday 24th June 2012 9:30a.m.

Start & finish point: National Trust Car Park at Clytha (SO 361 085).

Distance: Approx 8.5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 4.5 hours (plus time for lunch stop)

Description: Explore a section of the Usk Valley Walk, passing the secluded church of Bettws Newydd, wander through Coed y Bwnydd Iron Age Hill Fort and glimpse Clytha Castle Folly. After a lunch stop we walk around the Clytha Estate passing Clytha House, Chapel Farm and Cappel Aeden, the site of an ancient chapel.

Terrain: One very steep slope and many stiles.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch.

Price: £5 per ticket

Usk Figure of 8


Walk Leader: Graham Harris

Date: Sunday 24th June 2012 2:00p.m.

Start & finish point: Usk Island car park (SO373012)  Postcode NP15 1SY.

Distance: Approx 7 miles

Time to walk: Approx 4 hours

Description: The walk follows a way-marked route to Coed Duon (Blackwood) and then footpaths to Cefn Ila, 66 acres of ground now owned by The Woodland Trust and regarded as one of the best pinetums in the country. We then walk down into Llanbadoc, all the while skirting the Usk Inlier, before passing Alfred Russel Wallace’s cottage.
We stop briefly at Usk Island before following the Abergavenny road and River Usk (home of swans, herons, salmon and kingfishers) to Beech Hill turning inland to Park Woods (part of the Usk Castle estate). If we’re lucky we may spot wild boar and we will see the site of the Battle of Usk in 1405 before returning to the Usk Island car park via an old railway track.
Why not join us at the end of the walk at the Usk Rural Life Museum for a cider tasting, jazz band and BBQ evening?

Terrain: Undulating in parts. Several stiles and gates. Some road walking.

For your rucksack: Snacks and a drink. Binoculars to spot wildlife.

Price: £5 per ticket

Summer Solstice Party

Summer Solstice Party PosterDate: Sunday 24th June 2012 6:30p.m.

Location: Usk Rural Life Museum (SO375007)  Postcode NP15 1AU.

Description: As part of the Usk Festival, Monmouthshire Walking Festival is hosting a Summer Solstice Party at the Usk Rural Life Museum.

Spend a summer’s evening relaxing at the newly refurbished Rural Life Museum. Sample locally made ciders, listen to the sound of jazz band Lounging About and enjoy a casual BBQ in the courtyard.

Bar open ’til late – be there if you can!

Price: £10 per ticket

Note: Paper tickets will not be issued by this web site. Please bring along a copy of your PayPal e-mail as proof of ticket purchase.

Monmouth Kymin Circular


Walk Leader: Tristan Blanchard

Date: Monday 25th June 2012 10:30a.m.

Start & finish point: The Monnow Bridge, Monmouth (SO 504 125) Postcode: NP25 3EG.

Distance: Approx 8 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: A delightful circular walk starting in Monmouth, following Offa’s Dyke Path to Redbrook via the Kymin. We then go on and over Penallt passing through Livox wood with a return to Monmouth via Troy Farm. Two steep ascents, the first from Monmouth to the top of the Kymin, the second from Redbrook to quaint Penallt church. Well worth the climb, the extensive views from the Kymin cover the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and the Monmouthshire peaks of Sugar Loaf, Skirrid and Blorenge.

Terrain: Two steep ascents and several stiles.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch. Alternatively a refreshment stop will be made at a local pub.

Price: £5 per ticket

Monmouth Town Walk


Walk Leader: Grahame Thomas Monmouth Civic Society

Date: Tuesday 26th June 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: The walk will start at Drybridge House (NP25 5AS) and finish at The Shire Hall (NP25 3DY).

Distance: Approx 4 miles

Time to walk: Approx 2 hours

Description: Enjoying a 2,000 year walk into Monmouth’s past, we leave
Drybridge House passing St.Thomas’s Church, through the archway of Monnow Bridge on our way to the site of Monmouth County Gaol. We go onto Monmouth Quay on the banks of the River Wye before visiting The Nelson Garden (which will be opened specially). Retracing our steps we will finish our walk at The Shire Hall, where we will be treated to a guided tour of this unique historic building.

Terrain: Town Walk.

For your rucksack: Some loose change as there are plenty of opportunities to take refreshments at the many pubs, cafes and restaurants in the town.

Price: £5 per ticket

Lost and no way home? Navigation Course


Walk Leader: Huw Dullea Treads and Trails

Date: Tuesday 26th June 2012 6:30p.m.

Start & finish point: The Raglan Arms, Llandenny (SO415039) Postcode: NP15 1DL

Distance: Up to 2 miles

Time to walk: 2 to 2.5 hours

Description: Are you new to walking or want to attempt more challenging walks but are concerned about getting lost? Perhaps you walk regularly but want to update your skills? Then Monmouthshire Walking Festival has an event for you! We’ve teamed up with Treads and Trails (one of Monmouthshire’s leading outdoor activity companies) to offer a navigation course for walkers.

The course will consist of an introduction to the basic principles followed by a practical session to develop your skills. The course will last 2 to 2.5 hours and aims to develop your skills in map reading and navigation.

Note: This course is repeated on Friday 29th June at Chepstow Tourist Information Centre.

For your rucksack: Your compass, handheld GPS or GPS enabled mobile phone.

Price: £5 per ticket

Craig y Cilau Circuit


Walk Leader: Diana Standing

Date: Wednesday 27th June 2012 9:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Park Drive, Llangattock opposite the Horseshoe Inn (SO 211178) Post code NP8 1PA. Parking on roadside of a “No Through Road”.

Distance: Approx 8 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: A walk from Llangattock across the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal and up a very steep slope to the Llangattock escarpment. At the top it joins an old tramway and there is an outstanding panorama of the Black Mountains and beyond. Our guide, a keen caver, will then take you past the cave entrances of Darren Cilau, Eglwys Faen and Agen Allwedd, before the route then descends to Craig y Cilau, a National Nature Reserve. Here you will see a compelling combination of natural and industrial history. We return via farmland and the canal.

Terrain: One very steep slope. In parts very rough underfoot due to loose stones.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch. Bring a torch if you want to explore the cave entrances.

Price: £5 per ticket

Usk Woods and Windmill


Walk Leader: Rob Wilkinson

Date: Thursday 28th June 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Maryport Street North car park, Usk. (SO376007) Postcode: NP15 1AB

Distance: Approx 7 miles

Time to walk: Approx 3.5 hours

Description: A short but quite hilly walk north of Usk through Lady Hill Wood, Trostrey Common and Coed Newydd, returning via Llancayo and the Usk riverside. The route climbs quite steeply to Russell Hill Farm, but the second half is mainly downhill or flat. Some parts may well be muddy, but the views are always interesting and varied.

Terrain: Some steep slopes.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch.

Price: £5 per ticket

Cwmcarvan and Gardens


Walk Leader: Elaine Savage

Date: Thursday 28th June 2012 10:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Caer Llan (SO492082).

Distance: Approx 5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 4.5 hours including tours

Description: Step into the view and explore the landscape enjoyed by Victorians and New Elizabethans alike from their houses in the gentle hills south of Monmouth. From Victorian Caer Llan, we have a guided tour of the Arts and Crafts garden at High Glanau and then explore the valley of the Carfan Brook down to the pretty 13th century church. The walk returns via Craig y Dorth with outstanding views to the Brecon Beacons and overlooking Monmouth. We end our walk with tea on the terrace of Caer Llan admiring the landscape we have just walked through.

Terrain: One long ascent and descent. Many stiles.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch. Tea and cakes will be served at Caer Llan at the end of the walk. A camera and binoculars for the superb views.

Price: £5 per ticket

Resistance And Revenge


Walk Leader: Sue Hogan

Date: Thursday 28th June 2012 11:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Queen’s Head pub car park, Cwmyoy (SO311221). Post code: NP7 7NE

Distance: Approx 8 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: A circular walk along quiet paths in the Black Mountains – setting for the book ‘Resistance’ written by local author Owen Sheers. The film of the book was recorded in and around the area. We will be visiting the beautiful church at Cwmyoy with its leaning tower, the Darren cliffs, a commemorative stone and an ancient hill fort passing old farms on the way. We should have great views of the hills around Abergavenny, the Black Mountains and Llanthony valley. (Please note there are no toilets on this walk.)

Terrain: A moderate walk with one steep slope, several stiles, some rough ground and possible muddy paths. Short stretches of lane and minor road walking.

For your rucksack: £1 for parking. A packed lunch. (Food will be available after the walk at a real country pub. Please advise at time of booking this walk if you wish to eat).

Price: £5 per ticket

Castle, Coast and Countryside


Walk Leader: Mike Ogden

Date: Friday 29th June 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Car park in front of Caldicot Castle (ST486884). Postcode NP26 4HW.

Distance: Approx 11 miles

Time to walk: Approx 6 hours

Description: Starting in the grounds of Caldicot Castle we will head north following the old stream that once took boats up to the Roman town of Caerwent. Then on to the once notorious and now deserted village of Runston, north through St.Pierre’s Great Woods then past Monmouthshire’s last corn mill to the St Pierre Golf resort with its ancient manor house and church. Here we join the Wales Coast Path passing historic Black Rock with its salmon fishery and then to Sudbrook built to construct the Severn Tunnel, and then back, passing an iron age fort and the Second Severn Crossing.

Terrain: Two short moderate climbs and several stiles.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch.

Price: £5 per ticketWales Coast Path Logo

Lost and no way home? Navigation Course

Walk Leader: Huw Dullea Treads and Trails

Date: Friday 29th June 2012 6:30p.m.

Start & finish point: Chepstow Tourist Information Centre (ST536942) Postcode: NP16 5EY

Distance: Up to 2 miles

Time to walk: 2 to 2.5 hours

Description: Are you new to walking or want to attempt more challenging walks but are concerned about getting lost? Perhaps you walk regularly but want to update your skills? Then Monmouthshire Walking Festival has an event for you! We’ve teamed up with Treads and Trails (one of Monmouthshire’s leading outdoor activity companies) to offer a navigation course for walkers.

The course will consist of an introduction to the basic principles followed by a practical session to develop your skills. The course will last 2 to 2.5 hours and aims to develop your skills in map reading and navigation.

Note: This is a repeat of the course held on Tuesday 26th June at The Raglan Arms, Llandenny.

For your rucksack: Your compass, handheld GPS or GPS enabled mobile phone.

Price: £5 per ticket

Deep Trouble


Walk Leader: Clare Scutts and Sue Rawle

Date: Saturday 30th June 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow (ST 555954)

Distance: Approx 7 miles

Time to walk: Approx 4.5 hours

Description: Starting at the National Diving and Activity Centre we pick up the Gloucestershire Way and then Offa’s Dyke path as we follow the course of the Lower Wye valley. Diverting via the Lancaut Circular walk we enjoy the woods below the impressive limestone cliffs, an area protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). After we reach the chapel of St. James, we return along the Offa’s Dyke path to once again pick up the Gloucestershire Way and return to the diving centre.

Deep Trouble is a crime fiction novel set in a scuba diving club based in the Forest of Dean and the story starts in the National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow. It is unusual in that the crime scene is at the bottom of the sea on a wrecked submarine. There are a number of murderous motives including an illicit love affair, an inheritance and suspects include an irascible drinker and a manipulative philanderer. Sue Rawle is a diver herself but the story is entirely fictional as all her diving buddies in Forest Pirates are lovely people! Sue used to be the Overlooking the Wye Scheme Manager so the walk will also mention a couple of the sites which benefited from conservation works recently.

Sue Rawle will sign copies of her book “Deep Trouble” at the end of the walk. Alternatively for the intrepid why not try the longest zip wire in the country which operates at the diving centre!

Terrain: One steep descent and ascent. One central section crosses loose boulder scree near the shore, not safe for small children or the unfit.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch or alternatively there is a cafe onsite at the diving centre.

Price: £5 per ticket

This walk is sold out.

Two Foxes


Walk Leader: Angela Bishop

Date: Sunday 1st July 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Pen-ffordd-goch pond (Keeper’s Pond) car park. (SO254107)

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 6.5 hours

Description: This 10 mile walk starts at Pen-ffordd-goch pond (Keeper’s Pond) going via Foxhunters grave onto the summit of the Blorenge to take in the fabulous views of Abergavenny and the Usk valley. After visiting the Punchbowl (a lovely man-made lake) the track leads us to the old tram road, down the so-called ‘big drop’ to the Llanfoist boat house. Following the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to Govilon, we then wind our way back up the side of Gilwern Hill to the Lamb and Fox Inn returning via moorland. (Please note there are no toilets on this walk.)

Terrain: Moderate walk with several stiles, one gradual and one steep incline traffic on country lanes.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch. (Food will be available after the walk at a real country pub. Please advise at time of booking this walk if you wish to eat). Bring a camera as there are many opportunities to see wildlife, scenery and local history.

Price: £5 per ticket

This walk is sold out.