Tag: Woodland

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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