Walks Around Monmouth & Symonds Yat

North of Bigsweir bridge, the tidal limit of the Wye, are many circular walks taking in natural and heritage features. This section of the AONB heading up to Monmouth was important for millstone production and can be explored on the ‘Puddingstones and Pubs Walk’ around Penallt. A walk up the Slad Valley near St Briavels rewards with a babbling brook and some amazing Tufa Dams. Offa’s Dyke can be followed on a circular walk from Redbrook to The Kymin at Monmouth, returning along the Wye Valley Walk. The bicycle and buggy friendly ‘Peregrine Path’ is a level route to Symonds Yat along the old Wye Valley railway line.

 

Walk 1: Puddingstones & Pubs

Bluebells and ransomes (wild garlic) in Prisk Wood are a highlight of this 3 mile circular walk, passing two pubs, one at the top of the hill and one at the bottom! Find out about Penallt's hidden millstone industry. Walk across traditional wildflower meadows at Pentwyn Farm, down country lanes, beside the Wye and up a steep ascent from the river to Penallt.

Walk 3: Manor Wood Walk & Manor Wood Leap

Manor Wood Walk leads to a viewpoint overlooking the Whitebrook valley whilst Manor Wood Leap gets up close to the tumbling Manor Brook, which once provided the power for paper, corn and cider mills. The brook is perfect for a game of poo sticks or some splashing about in wellies! There is also a play area for children in the Narth Glade, from where both walks start. With the bluebells out and the beech trees a gorgeous lime green this is the perfect time to explore. Details of these and nearby woodland walks in the download.
Nightjar

Walk 9: Beacon Bimble

Discover the return of an ancient landscape on this gentle, short 1.5 mile walk from the carpark at Beacon Hill, near Trellech, and around the recovering heathland owned by Natural Resources Wales. The Bimble includes a stunning view of the Brecon Beacons, especially at sunset when the distinctive outlines of Skirrid, Sugarloaf and Blorenge are beautifully silhouetted. And if you are out at dusk do listen out for the churring Nightjar, a master of camouflage, and a conservation success story at Beacon Hill. Please do keep your dogs on leads or well under control as this site is a haven for ground-nesting birds. Distance: 1.5m/2.4km; Time: 1 hour; Grade: easy and mainly level.

Walk 12: Offa's Dyke & Wye Valley Walk Circle

This 6 mile walk follows Offa's Dyke Path National Trail between Monmouth, via the Kymin with it's fabulous views, to Redbrook and returns along the Wye Valley Walk beside the river Wye. Steep climb up to the Kymin, decent into Redbrook and level return through riverside fields.
Wye Valley Heritage

Walk 13: King Arthur's Cave and the Doward

Perfect for school holiday adventures, this short walk on the Doward Hill to King Arthur's Cave and the hyena's den will delight young explorers. The bones of Ice Age animals – woolly rhinoceros, mammoth and hyena were found here. Some 12,000 years ago people sat around a fire in this cave eating red deer. Fast forward to the 19th century and' Slippery Jem' and his wife Betsy lived in a nearby cave. He boasted he had lived in his cave for 30 years (and not washed during that period)'!

Walk 15: Whitestone, Whitebrook & the Wye.

This 14.5 mile hike explores the lower Wye area - either on foot, on your bike or on your horse, following bridleways, lanes and forest tracks, high above the Wye and along riverside tracks.

Walk 17: Head for the Hillforts

Packed with history this 7 mile walk links two Iron Age hillforts at Symonds Yat East and on The Doward. Enroute cross a swinging bridge and a rope ferry, pass relics of the railway and river trade, an iron forge and the estate of a Victorian vandal!
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