near Usk

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.

This walk is no longer on sale.

Hills South East of Usk

Walk Leader: Rob Wilkinson

Date: Friday 25th October 2013 09:30a.m.

Start & finish point: Maryport St. Car Park, Usk (SO376007).

Distance: Approx 16 miles

Time to walk: Approx 7 hours

Description: A long walk in a largely unexplored area of the county. This walk heads out of the pretty town of Usk to visit the hills, woodland and farmland south east of the town. There are extensive views over the Usk Valley. The walk passes through part of the Springdale farm nature reserve run by the Gwent Wildlife Trust which in autumn is known for its displays of fungi. Another treat is the recently renovated medieval farm house of Allt-y-Bela. If you’re not familiar with the south west corner of the county, this is the walk to change that!

Terrain: Several steep climbs and descents and numerous stiles. Some road walking and may be muddy in places. A good level of fitness is needed for this walk.

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

Price: £5 per ticket

This walk is no longer on sale.