Distance 05 – 10 Miles

Woods, fields and fantastic views


Walk Leader: Mark Langley Monmouthshire Countryside Service and Chris Brown

Date: Friday 18th Oct 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Mitchel Troy Village Car Park (SO492104) Postcode NP25 4HT.

Distance: Approx. 7 miles

Time to walk: Approx. 4 hours

Description: Starting from the village of Mitchel Troy, we will be walking uphill through fields, lanes and bridleways to enjoy fantastic views across to Abergavenny and the Black Mountains. On reaching the Kingswood, we will follow the edge of the woods to enjoying more great views before climbing for a second time to enter the forest. We will continue along forest tracks to emerge into open countryside with superb views over Monmouth and the surrounding area. We will be looking at the folklore of plants and local history along the way.

Terrain: Two steep slopes and a few stiles.

For your rucksack: Bring your camera, packed lunch and drinks.

Price: £5 per ticket

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To Strawberry Cottage Wood


Walk Leader: Kaf and John Faragher

Date: Saturday 19th October 2013 09:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Layby, Pandy (SO333217).

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 7 hours including visit to nature reserve

Description: An historical walk over Hatterall Hill, the highest most easterly ridge of Offa’s Dyke, before dropping down into Cwmyoy famous for the most crooked church in Great Britain. Following a stop at a nearby pub, there is a tour around Strawberry Cottage Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest owned by Gwent Wildlife Trust.

Terrain: Public footpaths over steep terrain to start. Footpaths, bridleways and some road walking.

For your rucksack: Suitable clothing and footwear for a mountain walk (walking sticks/poles recommended). Packed lunch, water/drink and of course a camera.

Price: £5 per ticket

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Three Ridges Three Churches


Walk Leader: Sue Hogan and Angela Bishop

Date: Tuesday 22nd October 2013 09:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Pont Cadwgan Car Park in the Grwyne Fawr valley (SO267251).

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 6.5 hours

Description: We start this walk by walking up along forestry tracks to the trig point on Crug Mawr which lies to the west of Partrishow, from where there is a superb 360 degree view of the Black Mountains. Following the Beacons Way we make our way down to Partrishow church with its famous frescoes, rood screen and ancient well. After dropping down into the Grwyne Fawr valley we then ascend the Gaer ridge before walking down into the Llanthony valley to visit the crooked church at Cwmyoy. Our return takes us past the Darren cliffs and back up onto the Gaer ridge at Dial Garreg before making our way back to the car park.
This is an energetic walk with good views and plenty of interesting old properties to see but no toilets on the route. Well behaved and fit dogs will be allowed on this walk at the walk leader’s discretion provided they are kept on a short lead.

Terrain: One steep rocky ascent and two other ascents (600m of climb in total), minor roads and several stiles. Could be muddy in places.

For your rucksack: Packed lunch, snacks, a drink and camera.

Price: £5 per ticket

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History and Natural History of Blorenge


Walk Leader: Steve Smith Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Date: Tuesday 22nd October 2013 09:30a.m.

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

Distance: Approx 5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 4.5 hours

Description: A moderate walk with the theme of local industrial history, natural history and land management issues. Starting at Keeper’s Pond, we walk over heather moorland via Foxhunter car park to the summit of Blorenge Mountain. We then descend into the Punchbowl and thereafter contour the lower hillside along Hills tram road toward Garndyrys Forge. From the forge we continue on Hills tram road until the short accent back to Keeper’s Pond.

Terrain: Moderate walk with several stiles and inclines.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch and a drink.

Price: £5 per ticket

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Redbrook Ramble


Walk Leader: Angela Flynn

Date: Wednesday 23rd October 2013 10:05a.m.

Start & finish point: Boat Inn Car Park, Redbrook (SO536098).

Distance: Approx 9 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5.5 hours

Description: Leaving the village of Redbrook we walk up part of Valley Brook and have a fairly short climb up to Coxbury Lane where there are far reaching views over the River Wye. We join up with another pretty valley, the Slade Brook which is an SSSI due to the presence of tufa dams in the brook. We stop here for lunch and then climb through Leyshill Wood and cross fields at the edge of Clearwell Quarry to pass through the hamlet of Stowe Green and onto Margery Lane and Rookery Lane, both quiet but metalled roads. We then go downhill on a rough track and into the village of Newland and visit All Saints Church which dates back to the early 1200s. We return downhill on a fairly steep narrow path through Forge Woods and return to Redbrook.

Terrain: Some steep stony tracks, rutted lanes, one very steep woodland track, some stiles.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch, drinks and a camera.

Price: £5 per ticket

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A Church a Chapel and a Hill Fort


Walk Leader: Clive Williams, Warden for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Date: Thursday 25th October 2012 09:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Queen’s Head pub walker’s car park, Cwmyoy (SO311221).

Distance: Approx 8.5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 6.5 hours

Description: A moderate hill walk with a couple of steep climbs. We visit Twyn Y Gaer Iron Age hill fort, walk the Ffawyddog ridge to the ‘Stone of Revenge’ before crossing the Grwyne Fawr valley to the church and holy well at Partrishow. We pass the Tabernacle Chapel on the return to our starting point. There will be a chance to find out how this special part of Monmouthshire is being looked after.

Terrain: Mountain walking with a couple of steep ascents.

For your rucksack: Packed lunch, snacks and a drink.

Price: £5 per ticket

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Under That Lofty Sky


Walk Leader: Alan Jones

Date: Friday 25th October 2013 09:35a.m.

Start & finish point: Skirrid Inn, Llanvihangel Crucorney (SO325206).

Distance: Approx 8 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: A delightful and exhilarating walk following, in part, the Beacons Way via Great Llwygy Farm (where birds of prey can be seen in their aviaries), along part of the Hatterall Ridge where magnificent views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed. The route then passes Yewtree and Boxtree cottages before contouring down to Blaenyoy and then cutting across fields up to the twisted and bent church of St. Martin, Cwmyoy, which dates back to the Middle Ages. Return to the Skirrid Mountain Inn is via public footpaths, quiet lanes and minor roads.

Terrain: Four moderate slopes and some stiles. There may be some muddy and wet places.

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

Price: £5 per ticket

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Bridges Of Monmouth


Walk Leader: Louise McGuinness

Date: Sunday 27th October 2013 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: A40 Underpass, Monmouth. Off Old Dixton Road near the Leisure Centre (SO512129).

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: We will set out through the town taking in the bridges within Monmouth itself then head off towards Mitchel Troy. One long steep climb up to Penallt Church then down to the river Wye and along to The Boat at Redbrook for lunch, before we head along the Wye Valley Walk back towards town crossing the Wye Bridge back into Monmouth.

Terrain: Lots of stiles and 1 steep slope.

For your rucksack: Packed lunch, a drink and a camera.

Price: £5 per ticket

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Ghoulies and Ghosties of the Clydach Gorge


Walk Leader: David Smith

Date: Sunday 27th October 2013 10:00a.m.

Start points: Gilwern Car Park (SO248146).

Distance: Approx 8.5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: The Clydach Gorge has a rich folklore of ghosts, apparitions and unearthly phenomena of various kinds. Join us on this walk for the season of Calan Gaeaf, when the gates of the other world are open.

Starting and ending at Gilwern Car Park, we will hear about (and perhaps sense?) the Tŷ Gwyn poltergeist, the Tyla apparition, Y Hen Wrach y Bryniau (the mountain witch), the dreaded two-faced ghost (Yr Ysbryd Dauwynebog), the fairies of Cwm Pwcca (no! not little pink things in tutus!). Brave the headless hound of Cwm Siôn Matthew and visit the grave of Colonel Sandeman’s faithful dog in Llanelli Churchyard.

Terrain: One steep hill, numerous stiles, excellent views and several possible hauntings…

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

Price: £5 per ticket.

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