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Walk No 7: Llancayo - Cold Harbour - Llandenny Walks
(7½ miles - about 2¼ hours; directions last revised on 26.12.21)

This walk takes you initially alongside the River Usk and then on quiet country lanes past a few farms and hamlets. There are no pubs or toilets directly on this route but after 5 miles a short detour of only 5 minutes takes you to a pub with excellent food.


The River Usk, looking upstream,
taken from the road bridge

 

Turn left out of the town square and walk along the main road to the bridge over the river. Take the path called "Conigar Walk" (shown in the photo) down to the riverbank just before the bridge. (See a photo of a commemorative plaque giving the history of the bridge and another explaining the origin of "Conigar Walk".) Follow this path to the end and turn left on the Abergavenny Road. After a few minutes take the narrow, sloping path down to the riverbank and after a few hundred metres rejoin the main road.


Where the pavement ends, either continue along the grass verge or cross to the other side to face oncoming traffic; after 5 minutes take the right turn signposted Trostrey Common. (NB: The destination board is loose on its pole and often gets blown 90° so that it is pointing up the main road; if this is the case, please turn it to point to the lane.)

Pass Upper Llancayo Farm and continue through an attractive wooded valley, past a few houses and go uphill. Just after a gated drive to a house called 'Arosfa' stay on the lane signposted Raglan.

 


Valley north of Llancayo
(See another larger photo)


Gwehelog Wesleyan Chapel (built in 1822)

 

Climb the hill and pass the small Wesleyan Chapel (built in 1822).

At Cold Harbour cross over the main road, taking care with regard to traffic, and take the lane signposted Llandenny.

Pause at the top of the hill by the converted 'Big Wood Barn' to admire the fine view over the rolling country-side. A few minutes later, by looking back to the left, it is sometimes possible to see Skirrid Fawr and the top of the Sugarloaf, 2 of the 3 hills near Abergavenny.

Shortly afterwards, at the crossroads where there is a postbox, take the lane on the right (not signposted to anywhere).

 

Looking towards Skirrid Fawr (See enlargement)
     


The Hall Inn, Gwehelog

 

 

After 1 mile take the left turn at the junction (near a green gravel bin). (NB: If, instead of turning left, you continue straight on up the steep hill at this point, you will come to the Hall Inn in Gwehelog village after 5 minutes. A good selection of meals can be had here.)


Continue along the lane for 2 miles, pass the allotments and then turn left on the main road. Follow it back to Usk centre.

See route on Google Maps

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.

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