12: Walk No. 20; Date walked: 08.10.16; Review submitted by Andrew
Comments: Hi I ran Walk 20 today and what a cracking route. The
instructions were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Some observations/comments
I started my walk from the main car park as there are toilets, the coffee
shop where I bought the guides and the Co-Op easily to hand. Like I said
at the start, I thought it was excellent. It's the first one I've done
but I have also bought Walks 10, 12, 15, 17 and 19 and plan to work my
way through them in the near future. I prefer the walks with lots of off
road in them. If you have any other walks that you would like me to do
please let me know. Thanks again for producing these guides. Whilst I
live in Raglan, they have given me some great new routes to run.
11: Walk No. 15;
Date walked: 04.09.16; Review submitted by Michelle Mansell
Thank you for providing this walk. I did this walk with my two dogs for
company. For some unknown reason, it took us about 4.5 hours! I have a
few comments on the directions and conditions of the route. Third paragraph:
Where you say to "Go straight ahead downhill, with a wood and fence
on the left", I initially thought that this meant go downhill and
then uphill (in the direction of the cattle that I could see in the distance).
However, I then realised that the gate was only a short distance away
to the left, I decided that we could get through the gate before the cattle
would see us. Maybe the directions should say to head slightly left, following
the line of trees, shortly to a gate/stile. Your word "shortly"
is at the start of the next paragraph and, as such, is slightly disconnected
from the previous paragraph. Fifth paragraph: there was a multitude of
cattle in the field with the telegraph poles and so I managed to find
a way round. There were two way markers on the stile where we had left
the track (and there were two footpaths on the OS map). The easiest way
is to follow the hedge on the right of the field, heading upwards. However,
there are then no further way markers! Also, I could not open the gate
at the top of the field and had to climb over (the dogs managed to get
under the gate). I then continued in the same direction through several
fields (with open gates) and ended up at the farm (sorry, I can't remember
the name). I also checked to the right as I could still see the field
with the telegraph poles and there was an open gate into that field from
the fields that I had passed through. At the final metal gate, I could
not work out how to open it but climbed over (and the dogs got under).
I then followed a track/lane in the same direction which ended up at the
Ty Mynydd in your sixth paragraph and so I was back on route. Sixth paragraph:
I could not find the "small, wooden gate." It appears to be
a wooden fence with two stumps to use to get over and there is no way
marker. The couple living at Ty Mynydd were in their front garden and
I had a chat with them. To avoid any problems, I took their advice and
went back down the track towards the fields and there was a way marked
stile on my right (on the left if you are coming from the fields). Cross
the stile, go straight over the field and then straight over the next
field which has a stile (and an open gate). The third field has a stile
and two gates. However, if you use the stile or one gate, then there is
an awkward cattle grid for dogs. However, the other gate can easily be
used. This brings you out on the same drive to which you referred. Seventh
paragraph: Where you say to cross two more stiles, the landowner has not
been very helpful. There were two gates in the field, one leading to a
crop field and one leading to the lane. The gate leading to the crop field
had barbed wire to keep the gate shut (but could be undone with care)
but the stile after it looked very awkward. Therefore, I approached the
other gate and found it to be padlocked. I climbed over (dogs got under)
and then went immediately right over the overgrown, way marked stile.
The path uphill through Ash Wood was a bit overgrown with brambles and
there was an awkward fallen tree to get under/over (I got under after
taking off my rucksack). What a lovely view at the top! Eighth paragraph:
The two stiles at the corner of the lane had quite a few brambles at head
height ( didn't have my secateurs with me). These are only minor issues
(apart from my wish to avoid large herds of cattle). Thank you once again
for the walk.
10: Walk No. 10;
Date walked: 26.08.16; Review submitted by Michelle Mansell
My dog and I enjoyed the walk. The directions were generally easy to follow.
There were a lot of cattle in the field after the glider club (after the
two metal gates) but they let us pass to the side of them without chasing
us. Please note that the yellow gravel bin is now a dark green gravel
bin. I was surprised by the length of the lane before we reached the allotments.
It would be nice if diagrams could be provided with the walks, especially
where there is lots of offroad walking. Thank you for providing the walks.
I hope to try some more soon.
Review 9: Walk No. 17; Date walked: 11.04.14; Review submitted by Jon Hiscox
Yes we did enjoy the walk, and the instructions are good. Unfortunately
we were too early for the bluebells. The young trees in the woodland by
Llanolway Farm have not overgrown enough to cause a problem.Were
looking forward to doing more of your walks. We did 18 last week and the
instructions for that were good too. Do any of your routes go past Allt
y Bella? Many thanks for your work!
Review 8: Walk No. 15; Date walked: 30.12.13; Review submitted by Edward Richardson
Firstly, can we just say a HUGE thank you for the walk directions. We
had a very short break in Usk recently and had an afternoon to spend on
a walk, so we followed the directions for walk 15. It was an excellent
walk and the directions were very well written, extremely clear and easy
to follow. It did take us a bit longer than expected, but we did stop
briefly and 'ambled' a lot - Plus a long pause before deciding we did
have to wade knee deep through the minor flood! We were conscious that
you wanted feedback on walk 15 and tried to think of as many helpful corrections
as we could. The fact that there were so few, and those were so very minor,
just goes to show how excellent the directions already are! We missed
the blue plaque - didn't matter but thought it may be worth a line pointing
out where it was and maybe a line about who the battle was between. Then
again, anyone who is interested can just google it later! Just after entering
Kitty Beech Road bridleway, ignore the track heading off to the left -
go straight on for a short way before crossing straight over the 1st intersection
you come to (we weren't sure if we had to turn left at this one) A bit
further on: Head towards the double telegraph pole in the middle of the
field ahead of you (we started to head towards another one up on the left).
Like I said - very little improvement can be made to an excellent set
of directions. Thank you for putting in the time and effort to create
them for us and others. We had a fantastic time and will return to the
area to try out another!
7: Walk No. 21; Date walked: 09.06.13; Review
submitted by Julie Chouhan
Review 6: Walk No. 16; Date walked: 21.08.11;
Review submitted by David Hoccom
Thanks again for an enjoyable walk.
Review 5: Walk No. 18; Date walked: 05.08.11;
Review submitted by David Hoccom
It would seem necessary to follow the right hand field edge from the two metal gates to a forestry track. Follow the track, cross a stile and enter the next field. It is not possible to see the next stile across the field so it is best to pass towards the left of the conifers ahead in a "10'o'clock" direction from the forestry track stile.
Unfortunately, there is dense undergrowth on the other side of this
next stile and we had to skirt left into the edge of the wood to get round
it. Some of the stiles need hawthorn etc trimming back to allow easier
access. However, this is an enjoyable walk along quiet lanes, fields and
woodland with some lovely views and St David's Church is interesting.
Review 4: Walk No. 15; Date walked: 01.09.10; Review submitted by Barry Melville
John Nichols and I did this walk today. The directions were very clear
and we particularly liked the idea of pointing the walker in the
direction of the foot slab of a stile. Scenically it was easily the best
of the twelve or so we have done so far. And it did indeed take a bit
longer than the time suggested!
Comments: Great walk and pretty good directions. However, the paragraph below is far from correct. It says 1 and a half miles - it is more like 3. "After 1½ miles turn right on a lane, soon crossing Chain Bridge. (The Chain Bridge pub is nearby.)"
Editor's comment: In fact the OS Explorer map and Microsoft AutoRoute
both indicate a distance of 1.7 miles.
Review 2: Walk No. 20; Date walked: 01.07.08; Review submitted by Barry Melville
Comments: My friend and I felt that this was the toughest of the range of walks but the most enjoyable. The detailed instructions were 'spot on' and the scenery was fantastic. We failed to do it in the suggested five hours though. . . . . more like seven hours! __________________________________________________________________________________________________
Review 1: Walk No. 14; Date walked: 26.01.07; Review submitted by Barry Melville
Comments: This is an excellent walk and the notes are accurate and easy to follow. There are a couple of places where things could be added but, in general, I thought it was written better than the other 'walks' published in local books.
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