GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Skenfrith Walk

13 miles (21 km)

This Montmouthshire based village includes a noteworthy old castle and some pleasant trails along the River Monmow. There's also a fine 17th century pub to relax in after your exersise.
This route from the village uses sections of the Three Castles Walk, other public footpaths and minor country lanes to create a circular walk through the surrounding area. On the way you'll visit Skenfrith Castle, Grosmont Castle and enjoy a climb to Edmund's Trump.
The walk starts in the village where you can explore the ruins of the National Trust's Skenfrith Castle. The historic ruins date from the 13th century and are located beside the River Monnow in the village. Here you can pick up the waymarked trail and follow it north towards Garway Mill on the river. The route then heads north west through the countryside and the woodland around High Meadow. You continue towards Grosmont where you cross the Tresenny Brook and arrive at another ruined castle which dates back to the 11th century.
The route then heads south to Graig Syfyrddin where there are some woodland trails and a viewpoint atop Edmund's Trump.
You continue south east following a mixture of footpaths and quiet country lanes towards Wayne Green. Here you can pick up the Three Castles Walk again and follow it east back to the village.

Postcode

NP7 8UH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Skenfrith OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Skenfrith Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to The Bell for some rest and refreshment after your walk. The restaurant here serves high quality food for which it has won many awardsincludingthe ‘Best Place to Eat – Pub’ in theWales National TourismAwards. There's also the Dog and Boot Bar which is better for muddy walkers and their four legged friends. You can find them at postcode NP7 8UH for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and country trails make for a fine dog walk. The Dog and Boot Bar mentioned above is very dog friendly with complimentary biscuits and a doggy shower in the rear garden.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you head north east into Herefordshire you can enjoy a climb to Garway Hill. From the hill's 1200ft (366m) summit there are splendid views over the Bristol Channel into Wales.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Curved parapet of Skenfrith Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 714530

Curved parapet of Skenfrith Bridge. A three-arch bridge over the River Monnow. The river is flowing downstream to the right.

River Monnow from Skenfrith Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 714677

River Monnow from Skenfrith Bridge. Looking upstream. The Monnow flows down through Grosmont and Skenfrith and is one of the larger tributaries of the Wye. It rises in the upland areas of the Black Mountains but for much of its length, it flows through a gentle, fertile valley.

The Bell at Skenfrith - geograph.org.uk - 1190011

The Bell at Skenfrith. Once a 17th century coaching inn, the Bell stands by the old stone bridge by the River Monnow.

Ruined curtain wall of Skenfrith Castle - geograph.org.uk - 714667

Ruined curtain wall of Skenfrith Castle. A castle probably existed on the site in Norman times, but this stone structure was built between 1228 and 1232 by Hubert de Burgh, a powerful Marcher lord.

Entrance to Grosmont castle - geograph.org.uk - 2475597

Entrance to Grosmont castle

Road junction, Grosmont - geograph.org.uk - 1191838

Road junction, Grosmont Minor road joins the B4347. Left to Pontrilas, right to Skenfrith.

The view from Graig Syfyrddin (2) - geograph.org.uk - 2722179

The view from Graig Syfyrddin

Graig Syfyrddin - geograph.org.uk - 2697572

Graig Syfyrddin

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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