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Walk No 10: Usk Flood Route - Llangeview Lodge - Llandenny - Gwehelog
(9 miles - about 3 hours; directions last revised on 25.01.21)

Boots are essential for this walk as the fields are often boggy in places.


This is a substantial walk with a few moderate climbs, across farmland and following very quiet country lanes.

North of the Flood Route crossroads
North of the Flood Route crossroads
on a beautiful April afternoon

Leave the town square by the south east corner (i.e. the same side of the square as the Castle Inn) and proceed along Four Ash Street. Pass the former Greyhound Inn (now a house) and continue on Chepstow Road. Turn right at the Olway Inn Hotel. Continue along the lane, crossing above the dual carriageway. Turn left at the crossroads, where the Flood Route is signposted.
(A 2 mile extension to this itinerary can be made but it involves a long steep climb and a very boggy track - see text-only file (Walk 10c) which includes this extension.)


After 5 minutes you will see St David's Church on the left. Shortly after passing a house called 'The Yews' on the right, cross a narrow wooden footbridge on the left at a bend.

Turn right and head for the corner of the field diagonally opposite. Cross the stream by a wooden bridge and turn left on a lane.

 

 

St David's Church, Llangeview
St David's Church, Llangeview


Turn right on the busy B4235, the Usk - Chepstow road, and continue for 5 minutes. Shortly after passing Llangeview Lodge (formerly The Rat Trap), go through a small wooden gate on the left and head half right across the field to a wide crossing over a brook to the left of a tree. Head half right for the more distant, large tree and the far corner of the field, where there is a road bridge over the dual carriageway. Go through the tunnel (with metal gates at each end) under the minor road and follow the field edge with the Olway Brook on the left. Continue into the South Wales Gliding Club's field. Take extreme care when there is gliding activity in progress. (See a photo of the Club's Pawnee tug (tow plane).)

     


The Raglan Arms in Llandenny
The Raglan Arms, Llandenny

 

 

Keep to the left edge of the field, still alongside the brook. Turn left where there is a wide opening and a yellow notice about the danger from aircraft, and go through 2 metal gates close together. Head slightly left to the far corner of the field.

Go through the metal gate, immediately cross the brook and follow the track to the right which crosses the dual carriageway and leads to the tiny village of Llandenny.

Turn left on the road at the Raglan Arms (tel. 01291 690800); this up-market pub restaurant, which serves sophisticated food, is closed on Sunday evening and all day Monday.


Keep straight on at the next junction, signposted Cold Harbour, and after about half a mile, just before the crossroads, go through
the kissing gate on the left into Kitty's Orchard (Gwent Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve). Follow the path to a kissing gate and then keep to the left side of the field. At a metal gate near the third large tree, turn right and head for a small wooden gate in front of a white house. Turn right on the lane and, shortly after, left at a T-junction.

 

 

Llandenny
Llandenny
(See a photo taken in the opposite direction.)

Near the area called Llandenny Walks
Near the area called Llandenny Walks

 

After about a mile, at the junction near a green gravel bin, go straight uphill. At the top of the hill cross a stile on the left.

(If, instead of turning left, you take the road to the right at this point, you will soon come to the Hall Inn. A good choice of meals can be had here. Return to the stile by the Give Way sign if you make this detour.)

 
Go straight ahead, passing to the left of double telegraph poles and a line of trees. Cross a stile to the left of a metal gate and take the track ahead through the wood, which has a beautiful display of bluebells in the spring. Cross a stile, go through a small orchard and cross another stile. Go straight ahead on the lane and after 40 metres cross a stile on the left.  
Bluebells in the wood
Bluebells in the wood

Turn right, cross the field and cross a stile to the left of a tree. Head for a large tree with a double trunk. Continue in the same direction, heading for a distant red brick farmhouse. Go downhill and through a wide gap in the line of trees. Head for the red brick house and cross a stile by a large tree to the left of the house. Turn right on the lane, eventually passing the allotments. Turn left on the road and follow it back to Usk centre.


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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