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Walk No 17: Coed-y-brain - Ty-Freeman Road - Pentwyn Farm
(6½ miles - 2
¼
hours; directions last revised on 26.09.21)

This walk is best done in winter as there are some sections with waist-high nettles in summer.
Boots are essential as stretches of it are usually very boggy.
Binoculars are useful for spotting stiles and footpath markers in the distance.


This is an easy walk on quiet lanes and through farmland in the pleasant countryside north east of Usk.

 
Leave the town square and turn right on the main road in the direction of Raglan and the A449. After passing the school, take the minor road to Gwehelog (straight on) where the main road bends right. Continue straight on at the junction with Ladyhill. After ¼ mile turn right into a lane by the allotments. After a mile, just after the red brick farmhouse at the top of the hill, cross the stile on the left. Follow the signposted direction to a gap in the line of trees at the far corner of the field, where there is heavy rutting caused by tractors. Continue in the same direction across the next field, aiming for a large tree standing alone (this has a double trunk which appears as you climb the slope). Continuing in the same direction, aim slightly to the right of a house and cross a stile. Follow the direction of the yellow arrow, soon crossing a stile, to turn right on a lane. Just after the stone on the right inscribed "Coed-y-Byrrwch" cross the stile straight ahead into a small orchard.
     
Shortly cross another stile near a stone building on the right and follow the obvious path through the wood, which has a beautiful display of bluebells in the spring. Cross a stile at the edge of the wood and head for a metal gate to the left of the house with 20 solar panels. (If at this point you go straight ahead on the lane past a row of houses, you will soon see the Hall Inn which serves a good selection of food.) Cross a stile and turn right on the lane (Ty-Freeman Road), go downhill and bear left where the main lane swings right near a green gravel bin.

 
Bluebells in the wood
Bluebells in the wood
     
North east of Usk
North east of Usk
 
Where the lane swings sharp left, cross a stile in a dip on the right and go straight ahead. Just after 6 large trees, where the hedge turns right, go straight ahead with a wire fence on the left. Shortly cross a stile at the corner of the field and go straight ahead, with a wire fence on the left. Although the right of way is via a stile in the hedge on the left, access is now obstructed so it is necessary to continue to a metal gate.

Go through or over the gate and down the field with a hedge on the left. Go through 2 metal gates (sometimes left open) to enter another field and head half left towards 2 trees in a hollow on the skyline. Go to the right of the trees and then straight on to a metal gate. Go through this and turn half left to cross a stile. Head half right up the hill towards large trees on the skyline. Cross a stile near the largest of these and turn right on a lane. At a bend where there is a postbox, cross a stile on the right.

 

Go half left through the trees and follow the wire fence on the left. Swing half right near a telegraph pole, go through a heavily overgrown section with no obvious path and soon cross a stile and small footbridge over a stream in the line of tall trees on the left. Shortly cross another small footbridge and a stile. Go uphill, heading towards large trees to the right of a house (Pentwyn Farm). Cross a stile and head half right, passing to the left of a small, red brick construction. Cross a stile, go right for 10 metres, then left on a muddy track with a hedge and farm drive on the left and trees on the right. Cross a metal gate at the corner of the field, turn left on the lane and after 1.2 miles turn left on the road to return to the town square.

 

 

Pentwyn Farm
Pentwyn Farm


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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