'Abergavenny is a great base for all levels of walks from easy strolls to challenging long-distance paths like the 95-mile Beacons Way – and the views are nearly always spectacular.'
'Offers everyone the chance to enjoy a walk every Tuesday, in the neighbouring countryside e.g. Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, as well as local walks around Caldicot. After a walk the groups usually go to a local pub or inn for lunch. Occasionally, all-day trips are also arranged, to places further away e.g. The Gower, Hereford.'
The Festival 'has become firmly established on the walker's calender. A border town of Wales and England at the Gateway of the Wye Valley it has a rich past and stunning landscape, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Festival usually Mid April.
The Fit4Life Walking Groups have developed a series of Monmouthshire Health Walking Routes: Short easy access routes: 'Many of the routes use level paths with gates rather than stiles. Some are more challenging, with slopes, steps, rough or muddy ground or stiles. Information is given on the route card for each walk so you can decide whether it will suit you'.
Join us for our monthly walk 'We are as fun and informal as we can be, believing that our walks should be for the enjoyment of the landscape and each other’s company, rather than simply clocking up miles.'
'There are many walks and trails to help you explore the countryside, villages and market towns of rural Monmouthshire. Many of the long distance routes can be walked in full, in stages or adapted to be circular walks ... Local routes include the Usk Valley Walk, the Three Castles Trail and the Monnow Valley Walk. A selection of existing circular walking routes across Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley are available ... ' Note At the time of Review details of a Monmouthshire Walking Toolkit were not accessble.
Brief descriptions of half a dozen Ramblers' Groups in this Area together with a combined diary of forthcoming rambles as well as access to a map summarising walks around and about taken from the Ramblers Routes online library.
'If you like to stretch you legs and get out for a walk – then The Valleys is the ideal place. We have walk routes for everybody – hill top challenges, canalside strolls, circular routes picking out historic sites, trails that pick up the stories of some of our "Heroes" and a brilliant Walking Festival each September where the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides give all walkers an extra insight into area.'
Tintern 'warmly welcomes the many visitors who pass this way each year, seeking the renewal that comes from a short time spent in its uplifting and historic landscape ...'
'The Wye Valley is excellent walking territory, offering the dedicated hiker and the afternoon stroller a wealth of interest and variety - from spectacular viewpoints overlooking the Wye to quiet wooded trails.'
'The Bell's circular walks have become well-known as something of a "must do" when visiting Skenfrith. We have six individual walks ... all of which start and finish at The Bell and take in some of the most beautiful Monmouthshire countryside ...'
'Nigel Andrews, one of the most prolific walk leaders in Bristol Group, has written a book describing a new 85 mile long-distance footpath from Bristol to Brecon. The route includes a wonderful variety of scenery, including mountains, lovely valleys, historic towns and some lesser-known parts of South Wales. It passes through Chepstow, Usk and Abergavenny, crossing Sugar Loaf, Table Mountain and the Brecon Beacons.' The Bristol to Brecon Walk by Nigel Andrews (2008)
'"The most beautiful village in Britain" is how Jan Morris, the acclaimed travel writer, described Grosmont, with its ancient church and castle. Situated near the Welsh Border with England it lies in the valley of the River Monnow between the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty.'
'Also called the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal, it runs 42 miles from Brecon to Newport, Gwent. The first 35 miles are navigable.'
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal John Norris
'Linear walk of 40 miles through the valley of the River Monnow, from Monmouth, near its confluence with the River Wye, to its headwaters below Hay Bluff. From here the walk joins the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, sharing the same route to the finishing point at Hay-0n-Wye.'
'Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley offer walks for everyone, so if you don't fancy a long trek, why not try out one of our many shorter walks taking in our best sights and attractions.'
'A challenging 27-mile linear way-marked walk from Newport to Tredegar with spectacular views of the Sirhowy Valley.'
'The Three Peaks Trial is an organised challenge walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. Since 2010 Longtown Mountain Rescue Team provide support with marshalls on all the mountain top checkpoints. The Walk was first held in March 1963 and was designed for less experienced walkers who wanted to test their powers of endurance and skill at map reading. It is now the oldest challenge walk in the UK.' Usually held late March/early April.
Three Peaks Trial [Cardiff Outdoor Group]
''“The Circle of Legends” is situated at the Old Station in Tintern. It consists of six wooden, life sized sculptures (5 made from oak and 1 from sweet chestnut) depicting 6 mystical or historical characters from Monmouthshire’s past ... Six trails have been devised by the Countryside Service to take you out into the beautiful county of Monmouthshire where you can discover more about the characters and the areas with which they had links.'
'This walk around the Welsh Marches takes in the three Norman castles of Skenfrith, Grosmont and Whitecastle. From Abergavenny, the best starting point is White Castle which is around eight miles from Abergavenny along the B4521 (Old Ross Road, signposted Skenfrith).'
'Walk of startling contrasts from ravine gorge cloaked in woodland, through meadow and orchard, to rugged and remote uplands. Follow the Wye through the battle scarred Anglo-Welsh borders to where it pours in rocky cascades from its mountain source.'
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