Starting at Usk Castle in the centre of Usk, we will start walking through woodland and out into the surrounding countryside, through fields, tracks and quiet country lanes. 460m of total ascent throughout the walk, experiencing the lovely views of the Usk valley countryside.
There is no charge for the car park at Usk Castle
Please note that this walk can be very wet and muddy at this time of year, please wear appropriate footwear and gaiters recommended.
Planned tea stop and lunch break
Eglwysilan Common from Parc Penallta
Meet at the main carpark accessed by the entrance at the top of the hill. Please note there is a £3 charge for parking here. Free parking may be available further back along the access road by the education centre but this is limited and users of the centre have priority. If you do park there please walk along the road until you come to the main carpark where I will be waiting.
From the carpark we will visit the earth sculpture of Sultan the pit pony before continuing the walk
Following an initial descent through the park we will climb steeply to Eglwysilan common. Where there can be excellent views and almost certainly will be mud.
After circling the common we descend and come to the Llanfabon Inn before returning to Parc Penallta via fields and a cycle route/disused railway.
As a way of helping keep this area attractive for future areas I'd like to ask everyone attending to pick up just three pieces of rubbish along the way, sadly there is plenty.
- Moor, heath
Pontypool Folly Tower and the Packhorse trails
Starting in the park we climb a short hill to the Shell Grotto before following the ridgeline to the Folly Tower. After this we continue onto Mynydd Garn Wen for our second short steep uphill section of the day. We will pause at the trig point and lunch there if the weather is suitable before continuing and returning via the bottom of the open common land and back the way we came.
Bristol Docks, River Avon, Clifton Suspension Bridge
Departing from our normal meeting point in Cardiff we travel across the Severn Bridge to Bristol for a moderate walk from Bristol quayside. The walk will start from Brunel's Butter cafe at Railway Wharf, providing those that wish to an opportunity to start the day with a bacon butty and a coffee!
Following the River Avon Trail we pass Brunel's SS Great Britain before entering Rownham Hill Wood for the short climb up towards Clifton Suspension Bridge. After walking across the Suspension Bridge and stopping to admire the viewes we will walk through Clifton back towards Bristol city centre, taking in Brandon Hill gardens and visiting Cabot Tower for stunning views across the city. At 400 feet high the Tower is one of the highest points in the city and can be climbed by those wanting to enjoy the best possible views. Making our way back to the quayside there will be an opportunity for drinks and refreshments before we make our way home.
Please bring drinks and snacks for the walk so we can stop wherever we want to along the way.
- Park, green space
- City, town
- History, heritage
Cribarth and Henrydd Falls
Starting at Craig Y Nos Country park we will climb onto the ridge of Cribarth and make our way along past old quarry workings and rockfaces to the trig point.
From here we descend and cross the road before following a river to Henrydd Falls, the highest waterfall in south Wales and rumoured location of the bat cave. Which we will be able to walk behind for photos.
Finally we make our way back to the park via fields and quiet country lanes.