Tag: Views

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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