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Walk No 14: Usk Flood Route - Llanllowell - Coed Cwnwr - Nant-y-Banw - Llanllowell
(10 miles - about  3½ hours; directions last revised on 31.12.20)

Boots are recommended for this walk as it includes a rough and muddy track.

This is a long walk mainly on quiet lanes, with some climbing.
There is 1 pub on the route (apart from those in Usk itself).

The Flood Route crossroads
The Flood Route crossroads

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. At the crossroads (where the Flood Route is signposted) turn right. Follow this to Llanllowell and turn left on the main road, opposite St Llywel's Church.


After passing under the dual carriageway, take the road to the left and continue up the beautiful valley called Llewelyn's Dingle. Follow the lane round to the right in the hamlet of Coed Cwnwr. Shortly take the first lane on the right. After passing a house called Ty Gwyn, take the lane to the right marked with a dead end sign. After 7 minutes take a track to the right where there are gas pipeline notices. This soon narrows and becomes a muddy path.

 

Llewelyn's Dingle
Llewelyn's Dingle

The Greyhound Inn near Llantrisant
The Greyhound Inn near Llantrisant

 

 

 

Descend through a deep gulley with steep sides. (The most difficult section can be avoided by taking a parallel path on the right.) Follow a stream for a short distance and swing right, climbing. Continue on a track which soon becomes a lane. Pass Fernhill Farm and follow the lane down to a junction. Turn right on the road and go straight on at the next junction. (This road can be fairly busy at times and there is no pavement.) Pass Forge Garage and the Greyhound Inn and return to Llanllowell.


Opposite the church take the lane on the right (signposted Usk Flood Route). Follow this for 1 mile and turn left at the crossroads (signposted Usk Flood Route).

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

 
The Olway Inn Hotel
The Olway Inn Hotel, Usk

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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