near Monmouth

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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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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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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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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