Distance 10 – 15 Miles

A Llan-tastic Walk


Walk Leader: Angela Bishop and Sue Hogan

Date: Saturday 19th October 2013 09:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Llanddewi Skirrid Village Hall (SO343168).

Distance: Approx 11 miles

Time to walk: Approx 7 hours

Description: Our walk takes us through the parishes of Llandewi Skirrid, Llanfihangel Crucorney and Llangattock Lingoed in the north of Monmouthshire. Setting out from the listed Llandewi Skirrid village hall, we start by climbing the Big Skirrid. We will then follow sections of the Beacons Way, an old horse-drawn tramway and Offa’s Dyke Path through undulating farmland passing 3 churches, 2 Courts and 2 hostelries on our way. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to visit a rare listed 18th century cider house which is usually only open twice a year. There is plenty of history on this route as well as superb views of the surrounding hills and countryside so bring your cameras. There are almost 30 stiles and 1 short steep and two more gradual ascents. The walk will be taken at a reasonable pace to allow short stops at places of interest. On our return to the village hall there will be refreshments available (donations to village hall welcome).

Terrain: Mainly farmland, minor lanes, some rough terrain, stiles, could be muddy in places.

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

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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Grand Vistas and Hidden Wonders


Walk Leader: Mike Ogden

Date: Saturday 19th October 2013 10:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Carpenters Arms Car Park Coed-y-paen (ST334985). (Please note that this is a change from the start point originally advertised).

Distance: Approx 8.5 miles. (Please note that this has changed from the 9 miles originally advertised).

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: We will explore the western boundaries of present day Monmouthshire, starting with fine views over Llandegfedd reservoir and the sailing club. Then heading off across farmland and forestry to the site of one of the largest castles in Wales (larger in enclosed area than the great Chepstow Castle but hidden in private woodland); we have been kindly given special permission by the owner to visit it. Then we have a short ridge walk which has magnificent views across the south of the county and will reveal a secret World War II “deception” base, before we return to the reservoir. There are public toilets at the start/end point but no shops or hostelries on the route.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Welsh Water have closed the Llandegfedd reservoir car park and toilets until further notice. Consequently we will now start from the Carpenters Arms pub in Coed y Paen (see link above for full details). This means that there will be no toilet facilities at the start of the walk and the length of the walk is reduced slightly. We apologise for the changes but they are beyond our control.

Terrain: A moderate walk through undulating fields and woods and along quiet country lanes. May be muddy in places and there are a few steep inclines and a number of stiles.

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

Price: £5 per ticket.

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A Walk in Bandit Country


Walk Leader: David Smith

Date: Sunday 20th October 2013 10:00a.m.

Start points: Old Monnow Bridge, Monmouth (SO504125).

Distance: Approx 12 miles

Time to walk: Approx 6 hours

Description: The Trothy Valley was fought over for centuries… the Silures fought the Romans, the Welsh fought the Saxons, the Welsh fought the Normans and occasionally each other! This fascinating and beautiful part of Monmouthshire was also a borderland in the religious strife of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The walk leaves Monmouth and follows the line of Offa’s Dyke Path across White Hill to Lower Hendre. We then follow the Trothy to the ancient church at Dingestow before turning uphill past a Norman castle to the famous Treowen and its numerous priests holes before returning to Monmouth via King’s Wood.

Terrain: Relatively easy, with some hills. It can be muddy in places after prolonged rain. Some road walking.

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

Price: £5 per ticket.

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Views of an Unchanging Landscape


Walk Leader: Angela Flynn and Diana Standing

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

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

Distance: Approx 13 miles

Time to walk: Approx 7 hours

Description: This walk starts and finishes in Monmouth, an ancient market town serving the local farms and villages. It passes near the boundaries of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire with extensive views over all 3 counties. This is an ancient rural landscape with a scatter of farms, woods and old track ways.

We leave Monmouth and after a short stretch down the A466, the route turns and we follow the valley side towards Buckholt Farm. From here most of the walk can be seen on the skyline. We head up into Buckholt Wood where there are many signs of deer and badgers as well as the remains of a former settlement. It’s not long before we have fabulous views over the Black Mountains, Hergest Ridge and Herefordshire. As the walk proceeds, the view extends to include the Malverns, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. We pass St Wulstan’s Farm and the track we follow shows signs of the old route and is lined by large pollarded beeches. Passing the site of Kennel Farm, the views once more open up over the Wye Valley and Wyastone Leys. Downhill for about 1.5 miles where we join Newton Court Lane, the last view now opens up and overlooks Monmouth and the surrounding hills. We rejoin our outward route and thence back to Monmouth.

Terrain: : Mainly on easy footpaths and tracks, some gentle uphill sections. Some road walking. Several stiles, some with a high step up. One steep downhill following a hollow way which is stony and sometimes wet. Some muddy sections if wet.

For your rucksack: Packed lunch, a drink and your 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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Wentwood History and Secrets


Walk Leader: Mike Ogden

Date: Wednesday 23rd October 2013 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Wentwood Reservoir Car Park (ST428938).

Distance: Approx 9.5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 5 hours

Description: We start in the car park overlooking the secluded Wentwood reservoir. We then head north into what was the old royal hunting reserve of Wentwood forest. We will pass Bronze Age burial mounds, an Iron Age camp, Roman fortlets and Norman mottes. Amid the secluded groves, we will find secret World War II “resistance” bases….. so secret that the occupants were not even aware of their neighbours! A prize if you can find the one that is truly “lost”. Finally, we will return via what is possibly the oldest tree in Wentwood. No toilets, shops or hostelries on the route.

Terrain: A moderate walk mainly through woodland with one very steep ascent. May be muddy in places. No stiles.

For your rucksack: A packed lunch, drinks and 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

This walk is no longer on sale.