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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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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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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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A Short Walk to a Welsh Castle


Walk Leader: Phil Brabon, Shirenewton Local History Society

Date: Tuesday 22nd October 2013 18:00p.m.

Start & finish point: Tredegar Arms, Shirenewton. (ST478936).

Distance: Approx 2.5 miles

Time to walk: Approx 1.5 hours

Description: An evening walk with members of the local history society from the village of Shirenewton to the ruined Dinham Castle with views over the Severn Estuary.

Terrain: Quiet lanes, fields and some stiles.

For your rucksack: A torch.

Price: £3 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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Black Mountains Challenge Walk


Walk Leader: John Winser

Date: Saturday 26th October 2013 09:00a.m. and Sunday 27th October 2013 09:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Car Park, Llanthony Priory, (SO289278) Postcode: NP7 7NN on both days.

Distance: Day 1 – 16 miles. Day 2 – 16 miles.

Time to walk: Approx. 8 hours each day

Description: Two days of challenging walks in the beautiful Black Mountains. Walk all of Monmouthshire’s official mountains and more over two days. This is a strenuous walk that will be led at a good pace on both days.

Day 1: A circular walk west of the Vale of Ewyas taking in the stunning views, summits and ridgeways of the Black Mountains. A real challenge with steep ascents and descents, reaching a height of 800m on Pen Y Gadair Fawr. The second half takes us through the beautiful Mynydd Du forest before returning to Llanthony.

Day 2: We start with a steep climb up to Loxidge Tump for some amazing views over two valleys, Ewyas and Olchon, before walking Offa’s Dyke National Trail to Hay Bluff. Heading down to Gospel Pass for a well-earned break, we then ascend to Twmpa before trailing Darren Llwyd into Capel-y-ffin. Finally we follow the Afon Honddu cross country and back into Llanthony.

Toilets and parking at start/finish. Hotel/Pubs/Inns in Llanthony for accommodation/meals/drinks. Campsites also available nearby.

Terrain: Mainly rocky mountain paths and grassy, muddy woodland trails. Several steep ascents and descents. Some stiles.

For your rucksack: Plenty of water/drinks needed, fruit/nuts/energy snacks, packed lunch, walking poles (if preferred), walking gear for all weathers (waterproofs and good walking footwear essential).

Price: £15.00 per ticket. Includes day 1 and day 2 walks.

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Price: £8.00 per ticket. For day 1 only.

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Price: £8.00 per ticket. For day 2 only.

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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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