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Walk No 18: Red Hill - Mardy Hill Wood - Newhouse Wood - Llangeview
(4½ miles - about 1½ hours; directions last revised on 20.12.21)

Boots are recommended for this walk as various sections are rough
and muddy. It is also overgrown and not easy walking in other parts.


This walk has one long steep climb and offers excellent views from the hills to the east of Usk.

East of Usk
East of Usk

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 private house) and continue on Chepstow Road. Turn right at the Olway Inn Hotel on to Red Hill. Climb the short hill and continue along the lane, crossing the dual carriageway. At the next crossroads go straight ahead up the narrow lane. Continue uphill, ignoring after about 120 metres the parallel track on the right which goes to a house.

 

   


At "Graig-Yr-Ieir" house (the white house at the end of the lane), take the narrow, muddy and stony track up the hill, through Mardy Hill Wood. At the top follow the track with a field to the left and a hedge to the right. (There are splendid views from here across to the hills surrounding Abergavenny.) On reaching a footpath post on the left, to the left of 2 metal gates (just before a house on the right), cross the stile on the left and go half left across the field to a stile about half way along the conifer plantation.

 

East of Mardy Hill Wood
East of
Mardy Hill Wood (See enlargement)

     
East of Usk
East of Usk
  Cross the stile and go down through a clearing in the trees (which can be very overgrown in summer) to a large round concrete tub and wire fence. Cross a stile (sometimes hidden by bushes) 5 metres to the left of the tub and go straight ahead with a wire fence and plantation on the left. Where the fence turns 90 degrees left, go straight across the field, heading for a tall tree. (There is a superb view from here, shown left.)
     

Go through a metal gate and straight ahead downhill, with Newhouse Wood on the left. After 2 minutes go left through a gap between trees, then down a field, heading for the church (St David's) in the distance.

Cross a stile and go down the next field, keeping close to the hedge on the left. Cross the stile at the bottom. Turn left on the lane and right at the next crossroads. Follow this to the T-junction by the Olway Inn Hotel and turn left. Follow the road back to the town square.

 

 

St David's Church, Llangeview
St David's Church, Llangeview (See enlargement)


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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