Tag: Lake

Ingredients for a fine walk


Walk Leader: Angela Bishop and Sue Hogan

Date: Friday 14th September 2012 10:00a.m.

Start & finish point: Llanfoist Crossing Car Park. (SO286133)

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time to walk: Approx 6.5 hours (note there are no toilets on this walk)

Description: This 10 mile walk starts at Llanfoist, going past the boat house and following the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal which celebrates it’s bicentenary this year. We reach Govilon before we wind our way up the side of Gilwern Hill to Pen-fford-goch pond (Keeper’s Pond). We go via Foxhunters grave onto the summit of the Blorenge to take in the fabulous views of Abergavenny and the Usk valley. After visiting the Punchbowl (a lovely man-made lake) the track leads us to the old tram road, down the so-called ‘big drop’ and back to Llanfoist.

Terrain: Moderate walk with several stiles, one gradual and one steep incline traffic on country lanes.

For your rucksack: : Bring own packed lunch and drink. Bring a camera as there are many opportunities to see wildlife, scenery and local history. At the end of the walk why not visit the many cafes and restaurants available in Abergavenny?

Price: £5 per ticket

This walk is no longer on sale.

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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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

This walk is no longer on sale.