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Walk No 4: Llanllowell and Usk Flood Route
(4½ miles - about 1¼ hours; directions last checked (not revised) on 31.10.21)


This is an easy route with no steep hills but it does involve walking 1½ miles on a fairly busy road without any pavement. The Flood Route could more appropriately be called the Flood Avoidance Route as the narrow lane from Llanllowell provides a route to Usk when the main road is occasionally flooded about a mile south of Usk centre. (Note that in the first half mile of this walk there is a small number of private gardens which usually have spectacular floral displays in summer.)

Usk Prison
Usk Prison

Leave the town square on Priory Street (signposted "Llantrisant 4") and follow the road round the corner, passing the entrance to the churchyard.

Turn left at the next corner (by the OneStop supermarket) on to Maryport Street. Continue past the Sessions House (completed in 1878 and now the town's Civic Centre) and the prison and then out of town.

Follow this road for about 1½ miles, cross the Olway Brook and reach the hamlet of Llanllowell.

Opposite St Llywel's Church, take the lane on the left signposted "Usk Flood Route". (The church is first mentioned in records in 1254; St. Llywel was a Celtic saint about whom little is known. He probably lived during the sixth century.)

 

 


St. Llywel's Church, Llanllowell
St. Llywel's Church, Llanllowell

The Old Priory, Llanllowell
The Old Priory, Llanllowell

 

 

Looking towards Usk from Llanllowell
Looking towards Usk from Llanllowell

Follow the lane for about a mile and turn left at the next crossroads. Cross over the dual carriageway.

Follow this to a T-junction by the Olway Inn Hotel and turn left. Follow the road back to the town square.
 

Looking south-east from Llanllowell
Looking south-east
from Llanllowell

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