|Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||This lovely circular walk takes you around the pretty meadows surrounding Abergavenny Castle. You'll also enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Usk and a visit to the delightful Linda Vista Gardens. |
The route starts near the tourist information centre in Abergavenny and takes you along the River Usk on a good path which is also open to cyclists. The path then heads to Linda Vista gardens, which is a well laid out public park with a variety of plants and flowers. You then pass the ruins of the 11th century Abergavenny Castle where there is a good museum detailing the history of the castle.
Please note, only the first section of the route along the river is open to cyclists.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could pick up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal for more waterside footpaths. View Full Details>>
|Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes||4 miles (6 km)||These splendid gardens in Monmouthshire were built around 1895 but then buried just after WW2. They were rediscovered in 2000 and since then they have been beautifully restored. There are rock gardens, herbaceous borders, pretty ponds and a wonderful labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries. |
The walk below takes you through the 7 acre gardens before heading into adjacent woodland where you can extend your walk along a variety of paths and tracks. View Full Details>>
|Llandegfedd Reservoir||6 miles (10 km)||Enjoy a long circular walk around this beautiful reservoir near Cwmbran and Newport. The complete trail runs for about 10km (6.2) miles through the countryside and woodland surrounding the reservoir. Please note that some parts of the trail are closed between October 1st to March 1st.|
The walk starts from the visitor centre car park at the southern end of the water. It then heads along the western side of the water towards Glascoed, before returning on the eastern side. There's some moderate climbing involved with the walk reaching a peak height of over 450ft. From the high points there are great views backs down to the reservoir. Along the way there are also a number of pleasant woodland trails, pretty streams and hay meadows where you can see wildflowers in the summer months.
The reservoir is a great place for bird watching with a number of hides dotted along the route. Look out for birds including wigeon, teal, pochard, goldeneye and ruddy duck as you make your way around the site.
Llandegfedd Reservoir is located just to the east of Pontypool. You can continue your walking here by picking up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. View Full Details>>
|Brecon Beacons Way||98 miles (158 km)||Follow the Beacons Way through the centre of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. The walk begins at Abergavenny and follows the trail through the park to Llangadog. On the way you will pass some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK with marvellous views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Skirrid Fawr, Llanthony Priory, The Black Mountains, Talybont Reservoir, Table Mountain and Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain.|
The walk is waymarked with a black and white disc. View Full Details>>
|Usk Valley Walk||48 miles (77 km)||This super waterside walk follows the River Usk, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the Brecon and Newport Canal from Caerleon to Brecon. The walk passes through Abergavenny and Usk and is enclosed by beautiful hills for the whole of its length. There are also splendid views of the Brecon Beacon mountains, particularly towards the end of the walk. The route is relativley flat as much of it takes place alongside the river or the canals, so there are only a few notable climbs. |
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|Sugarloaf Mountain||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the summit of this iconic mountain on this challenging walk in Monmouthshire, Wales. Sugarloaf is part of the Black Mountains range and stands at a height of 1,955 feet (596 metres). |
The walk starts at the car park to the south of the summit near the town of Abergavenny. You head towards the lovely oak woodland of St Mary's Vale where you will pass pretty streams and a variety of woodland wildlife.
You continue on to the summit where there are fabulous views of the Severn Estuary, the Cotswolds to the east, as far as the Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan and Corn Du to the west and the Bristol Channel to the south. There are also great views over the nearby Usk River Valley and Abergavenny. On a clear day you could also see the Shropshire Hills and Somerset.
You descend towards Mynydd Llanwenarth, passing ancient medieval ditches before returning to the finish point, back at the car park.
If you'd like to continue your climbing in the area then the Skirrid Fawr walk also starts in Abergavenny. You could also pick up the splendid Brecon Beacons Way which runs through the area. View Full Details>>
|Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk||26 miles (42 km)||This walk runs through the beautiful Sirhowy Valley in south Wales. The trail starts at the delightful Tredegar House Country Park near Newport. Here you will find a 17th-century mansion surrounded by 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. The trail then heads north towards Risca and Blackwood before finishing at Tredegar.|
Highlights on the walk include waterside sections along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal near Newport and along the Sirhowy river through Blackwood. You also visit the pretty Sirhowy Valley Country Park at Risca and climb Mynydd Machen where there are spectacular views of the Rhymney Valley and Sirhowy Valley, Cardiff and the Bristol Channel.
The walk is waymarked with yellow arrow on a white disc. View Full Details>>
|Three Castles Walk||20 miles (32 km)||Visit the three Norman fortresses of Skenfrith, White Castle and Grosmont on this beautiful circular walk through Monmouthshire. The trail takes the walker through woodland and over hills including Graig Syfyrddin (Edmunds Tump), from which there are spectacular views of the Welsh Marches, the Black Mountains and the Forest of Dean. |
The walk is waymarked with a brown and white disc featuring a castle. View Full Details>>
|Offa's Dyke Path||177 miles (285 km)||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. Highlights on the route include the
gorgeous Wye Valley AONB, crossing from England into Wales along the splendid Hergest Ridge and the awe inspiring Brecon Beacons National Park.
For more information on this trail please visit the National Trail web site View Full Details>>
|Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal||37 miles (60 km)||Follow the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Brecon to Newport on this super waterside walking and cycling route. Walkers can enjoy the whole route along canal towpaths while cyclists can follow National Cycle Network routes 4, 47 and 49 from Newport to Pontypool. The cycle path is wide and well surfaced so it's a lovely, safe ride. The cycle section runs for about 12 miles. |
The whole route runs from Brecon to Newport passing through the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The first section runs from Brecon to Talybont-on-Usk via Pencelli. It's a 6.5 mile walk with views of the River Usk and the pretty Brynich Lock.
The canal continues to the delightful Llangynidr locks and then on to Cricklehowell and Abergavenny. There's an opportunity here to visit Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens with a small detour from the canal.
The next section runs from Abergavenny to Pontypool, passing the noteworthy Goytre Wharf, with its historic limekilns.
The final section runs from Pontypool to Newport via Cwmbran. This section is open to cyclists. The route finishes in Newport near the castle. View Full Details>>
|Wye Valley Walk||138 miles (222 km)||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. You continue through Ross on Wye to Hereford and then onto Hay on Wye. You then return to Wales and head to Builth Wells, Newbridge and Rhayader before the final stretch takes you towards the source of the Wye on the slopes of Plynlimon mountain in Powys.
There's plenty of spectacular mountainous scenery as you pass through the Wye Valley AONB, with several waterside sections along the River Wye to enjoy. You'll also visit the splendid Symonds Yat Rock where there are fine woodland trails and wonderful views over the Wye Valley gorge.
The walk is well waymarked with a white disc featuring a leaping salmon. View Full Details>>
|Taff Trail||55 miles (88 km)||Follow the River Taff, from Cardiff to Brecon, on this fantastic waterside cycling and walking route.|
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head along the river northwards passing the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. There are also views of the attractive riverside Bute park and the Weir on the Taff near Maindy as you leave the centre of Cardiff. You soon come to Radyr where you will pass the splendid Forest Farm Country Park and Castle Coch (the red castle) before passing through the village of Nantgarw. The route continues along the river through Glyntaff and on to Pontypridd where you join the trackbed of a disused railway to Merthyr Tydfil. The final section runs from Merthyr to Brecon passing the beautiful Pontsticill, Pentwyn and Talybont Reservoirs. You'll also pass the beautiful Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls before joining the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal taking you into Brecon. There are splendid views of the Brecon Beacon mountains as you approach Brecon.
The trail is waymarked with a black and yellow disc. View Full Details>>
|Hay on Wye||10 miles (16 km)||This circuit around Hay on Wye takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park on the Offa's Dyke Path. It then climbs to the magnificent viewpoint of Hay Bluff, a few miles to the south of the town.|
The walk starts from Hay Castle which was originally constructed in the 11th century. In the 17th century a Jacobean mansion house was built alongside the medieval keep and the property became a private home. From here you can pick up the waymarked Offa's Dyke Path and head south towards Tack Wood. The path climbs to Hay Bluff which lies in the Black Mountains on the border of Wales and England. From the 677 m (2,221 ft) summit there are fabulous views over the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and the English county of Herefordshire.
After taking in the views, the path then loops round before descending back towards Tack Wood. Here you can continue along the nice country lane or follow footpaths towards Cusop Dingle and follow the Dulas Brook back to the town.
Here you can enjoy a stroll around the pleasant streets and visit one of the many bookshops which the town is famous for. If you are visiting in late May to June you can enjoy the Hay Festival. The popular literary festival draws about 80,000 visitors to see and hear big literary names from all over the world. View Full Details>>
|Monmouth||6 miles (10 km)||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. View Full Details>>
|Chepstow||11 miles (18 km)||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. There's lovely views of the River Wye, lots of peaceful woodland trails and a visit to the historic Tintern Abbey as you pass from Wales into England. |
The walk starts at Chepstow Castle, the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain. From here you can pick up the Wye Valley Walk and follow it past the town before picking up woodland trails through Alcove Wood and Pierce Wood. You then pass Piercefield Park and Piercefield House, a largely ruined neo-classical country house dating from the late 18th century.
You continue past Chepstow Race Course, before climbing to the Eagle's Nest viewpoint. Here you will stand high above the Wye at Wyndcliff, looking out over the sweeping curve of the river around the Lancaut Peninsula.
The route then descends through Wyndcliff Wood and Black Cliff Wood before coming to Tintern Abbey. Here you can explore the fascinating ruins of a 12th century monastery. It's a beautiful area with the atmospheric ruins and the river flanked by the attractive woodland of the Forest of Dean.
After passing the abbey you cross the river on the old Tintern Railway Bridge which carried the Tintern Wireworks Branch trains over the river until 1935.
Heading south the next section picks up the Offa's Dyke Path and climbs to the viewpoint at the Devil's Pulpit. From here there are more wonderful views over the abbey and the AONB.
The route then continues to Plumweir Cliff and Worgan Wood before coming to the village of Woodcroft. Here you will pass Wintour's Leap where there are some magnificent limestone cliffs and Peregrine Falcons to look out for.
The final section takes you from Woodcroft back into Chepstow, crossing the river before returning to the castle. View Full Details>>