Level – Moderate

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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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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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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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.

This walk is no longer on sale.