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Walk No 3a: Usk Castle - River (West) - Llanbadoc - River (East)
(about 3½ miles - 1 hours
; directions last checked (not revised) on 18.11.21)

(Variation of this route, about 2½ miles: Walk No 3b)

Boots are recommended for this walk as parts of it are often muddy. In summer some sections of the path on the ridge are sometimes overgrown with nettles and thistles, so long trousers are advisable.

This is a short walk in the countryside immediately around Usk, affording good views over the town and river. However, it involves scrambling up a steep, sometimes muddy path in order to reach the ridge to the west of the river. Click here to see the view which can be had from the ridge.

Twyn Square, Usk
Twyn Square

Leave the town square and turn right on the main road. Opposite the fire station, take the lane signposted "Usk Castle".

Pass the car park (on the right) and the entrance to the castle (left) and take the track up the hill, signposted "North Tower & Camping". Follow this round to the right and then left, following blue arrows, and then downhill.

At the bottom of the steps ignore the path down to the left; turn right and you will see the old railway tunnel entrance on the right.

Take the path to the left along the route of the former railway line. Cross the river on the railway bridge and at the end of it go down the steps on the left.

Take the short concrete path ahead to the grassy area known as Usk Island and continue along the riverbank in the direction of the road bridge.

Take the path with a high wall to the right which joins the end of the road bridge.

 

 

Usk bridge
Usk bridge


Go right for a few metres, cross over the road and take the path signposted "Coed Duon". Take the path across the field to a stile and follow it up a steep hill to the right.

Cross a stile at the edge of the narrow wood and turn left, following the wire fence. Continue in the same direction, crossing 2 stiles. Circular Walk 2 is signposted at the first of these.

River Usk near Llanbadoc Church
River Usk near Llanbadoc Church

 

At the end of the field cross a stile to the left of a metal gate and take a secluded, sunken path downhill. Take the signposted path on the left to the left of a wooden gate and turn left on the road. (Llanbadoc Church is a short distance to the right.)

Cross the river via the bridge and at the far end take the path called "Conigar Walk" on the left down to the riverbank. (See a photo of a commemorative plaque giving the history of the bridge and another explaining the origin of "Conigar Walk".)

 

Turn left, go under the bridge and walk along the riverbank. (Click here to see another photo.) After about half a mile, the path rises a little; at this point follow the path round to the left, then to the right, along the football field perimeter. Head for the small car park to the left of a white building and turn left on the road (Maryport Street). Pass the prison and Sessions House (now the town's Civic Centre). Turn right at the OneStop supermarket and return to the town square.

 

The Sessions House, Maryport Street, Usk
The Sessions House, Maryport Street


A laminated A5 card showing this walk route, along with photographs, can be easily ordered here.
The walk can be ordered more cheaply in digital format (PDF file) on the alternative Order Form.

Variation of this route, about 2½ miles: Walk No 3b


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