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Walk No 11: West of Usk - Bridleway - Llanbadoc
(about 3 miles - 1 hours; directions last checked (not revised) on 17.12.21)

Boots are recommended for this walk as stretches of it are often muddy.


This is a short walk on hilly farmland to the west of Usk. It involves climbing a steep, muddy path in order to reach the ridge to the west of the river.



Usk Bridge
Usk Bridge

Leave the town square and turn left on the main road. Cross the river and turn right. Almost immediately cross over the road and take the path signposted "Coed Duon 1.6 km".

Go through a metal gate (usually open) and take the path ahead to a stile. Follow the path up a steep hill through trees to the right, cross a stile at the top and head half left across the field to the double telegraph poles.


Follow the waymark arrow on the telegraph pole, heading slightly left to a metal gate at the end of the hedge, which becomes visible only as you climb the slope. Cross a stile to the left of this gate and another stile after 25 metres. Go almost straight on across the field to a stile in a hedge. Go straight on across the next field, then downhill to cross a stile to the right of a tiny copse.

 

 



West of Usk on a frosty November morning
West of Usk
(See an enlargement)

Turn right and follow the wire fence to a stile at the edge of the wood. Head slightly left towards a telegraph pole and cross the stile nearby on to a track. Turn left and after 12 metres turn right into the wood near a redundant stile, ignoring the entrance on the right to Coed Cefn Ila. (An optional detour can be made at this point to this large and very pleasant Woodland Trust site offering a number of paths.) Take the path through the wood for 50 metres and cross a stile and a gated, wooden bridge over a stream. Turn left and head for the metal gate in the corner of the field. Turn right on the lane and after 20 metres take the bridleway on the left.

West of Llanbadoc
West of Llanbadoc

 

 


Go straight up the field alongside a line of trees and then swing left just before a conifer wood, to take a track to the left; there is a blue arrow on a post at this point. Go straight on, following a track at the field edge, and then through a small wooden gate to the left of a larger gate. Go straight ahead for 80 metres with trees on each side, then pass two redundant gate posts, following the blue arrow on one of them.


Follow the bridleway between the trees and shortly, near a telegraph pole on the left, follow the blue arrow (on a post) ahead.

Go through a small wooden gate (with a blue arrow) and follow the track to another small wooden gate. The track eventually descends steeply past some houses to the hamlet of Llanbadoc.

 

 

The Bridleway
The Bridleway
(See a full-sized different photo.)


Llanbadoc Church
Llanbadoc Church

 

Turn left on the road and shortly turn right at the telephone box to the area called Llanbadoc Island, passing St Madoc’s Church.

Turn left on the riverbank, shortly rejoining the road. Follow this back to the bridge and then to the town square.


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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