Monmouth Circular River Walk
A lovely circular walk around the Welsh town of Monmouth, visting Monmouth Castle, The Kymin viewpoint and the River Wye. The walk makes use of the Offa's Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk long distance trails to expose you to some of the beautiful surrounding the town.
The walk starts from the Grade I listed Monmouth Castle, located on a hill above the River Monnow near the town centre. The castle was established in 1067 immediately after the Norman Conquest, by William fitz Osbern. It was also the birthplace of Henry V in 1386.
From the castle you can pick up the waymarked Offa's Dyke Path. It heads east through the town to the Wye Bridge where you cross the Wye River. The path then climbs to The Kymin, where you can enjoy wonderful views down the Wye Valley, up into the Brecon Beacons and across to the Malvern Hills. There's also a number of neo-classical monuments, including the Roundhouse and the Naval Temple, built between 1794 and 1800.
After taking in the views the path then descends through the woodland of Harper's Grove to Upper Beaulieu Farm.
You continue to Upper and Lower Redbrook in Gloucestershire. Here you join the Wye Valley Walk which leads you along the river back to Monmouth. It's a beautiful section with the river flanked by attractive woodland and countryside.
Monmouth is located in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley so there's lots of options for extending your walking in the area. You could pick up the Wysis Way and head east to Highmeadow Woods and then turn north to visit Symonds Yat Rock.
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Walks near Monmouth
- Offa's Dyke Path - This incredible 177 mile trail starts on the River Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire in England before taking you over the border into Wales and on through some truly splendid mountainous scenery
- Wye Valley Walk - This walk takes you through the beautiful Wye Valley in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wales.
The walk begins on the mouth of the River Wye at Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire and follows the River Wye north to Monmouth, passing the fascinating ruins of Tintern Abbey on the way
- Symonds Yat Rock - Enjoy wonderful views over the Wye Valley from this well known viewpoint on the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire border
- Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway path - This short cycling and walking path follows the disused Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway from Coleford to Parkend
- Cannop Ponds - These two large ponds in the Forest of Dean are a lovely spot for an easy afternoon stroll
- Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail - This delightful walking trail takes you to a unique collection of high-quality, contemporary sculptures, within the Forest of Dean
- The Kymin - Climb to the 245m (800ft) summit of Kymin Hill and enjoy wonderful views down the Wye Valley, up into the Brecon Beacons and across to the Malvern Hills
- Goodrich Castle and Coppet Hill - Explore the Goodrich Castle estate before climbing to Coppet Hill on this walk in Herefordshire
- Wysis Way - The Wysis Way runs for 55 miles from Monmouth in Wales to Kemble, in Gloucestershire
- Chepstow - A splendid circular walk around Chepstow making use of the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Path to visit some of the highlights of the area
- Tintern Abbey - Visit the fascinating ruins of this 12th century monastery and then explore the surrounding area on this walk on the England-Wales border
- Tintern Old Station - This park is situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) near Chepstow
- Forest of Dean Family Route - Family Cycle ride around the Forest of Dean:
This circular route takes you along National Cycle route 42 and the Wye Valley path through the delightful Forest of Dean
- King Arthurs Cave - This circular walk visits the mysterious King Arthur's Cave in the Wye Valley AONB near Symonds Yat
- Peregrine Path - This largely traffic free cycle route takes you from Monmouth, Symonds Yat Rock along the River Wye
- Raglan - This Monmouthshire based village is located close to Monmouth and Abergavenny
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south west of the town and you could visit the ruins of Raglan Castle. The 15th century fortress is considered one of the grandest castles in the country.