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Walk No 21: Llanbadoc - Bridleway - Coed Duon
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miles - about  1½ hours; directions last revised on 16.01.22)

Boots are recommended for this walk as there are some very boggy sections.


This is a short walk with a few moderate climbs, through woods and on pleasant farmland to the west of Usk.


Leave the town square and turn left on the main road. Cross the river and turn left. Go up the steps at the side of the bus shelter and take the path along the embankment. Rejoin the pavement for 50 metres, then take the track to the left, passing to the left of Saint Madoc's churchyard. (Note the plaque (see photo) commemorating Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist and author.) Take the lane to the right before Llanbadoc Island recreational area (where there is a "NO EXIT" sign) and turn left on the road. Immediately after a long, low building on the right turn right on to a bridleway which passes Ty Mawr Farm, turns left by a double garage, narrows, then climbs steeply through trees.

 


St Madoc's Church, Llanbadoc
St Madoc's Church, Llanbadoc
(See enlargement of this photo.)


Bridleway west of Llanbadoc
Bridleway west of Llanbadoc


Continue on the track with a wire fence on the right and go through a small wooden gate. After a few minutes go through a small wooden gate and straight on between trees. After a few minutes pass to the left of a metal gate (often left open) and continue with a small sheep enclosure, bushes and wire fence on the right. Shortly reach 2 redundant gate posts and take the waymarked bridleway downhill between trees. Go through a small wooden gate to the right of a larger gate and follow the waymarked track (Circular Walk 1) along the field edge.


Continue to the right of a small wood and, just after the second bridleway marker post, turn right down the field. Pass to the left of trees to the left of double power-line poles, then follow a line of trees on the left parallel to a track which leads to a lane. Go through a small metal gate to the right of a larger metal gate and turn right on the lane. After a few metres go through a metal gate on the left and straight ahead with trees on the right. Cross a gated wooden footbridge and stile, take the obvious path ahead and turn left on a lane. (An optional detour can be made at this point to Cefn Ila, a large and very pleasant Woodland Trust site offering a number of paths.)

Almost immediately cross a stile on the right. Go slightly left towards a wood, cross a stile and go straight ahead with a wire fence on the left. Cross a stile on the left in a dip and turn right. Go straight on where the wire fence turns right downhill. When a white house comes into view ahead, turn half left to cross a stile in a gap in the hedge. Continue towards a wide gap in the hedge between two trees at the field edge. Turn left before this gap and go uphill with a hedge and trees on the right. Cross a stile at the corner of the field and continue with a wood on the right. Cross a stile and continue with a wire fence on the left. Cross a stile, go downhill alongside the wire fence and cross a stile on the right.

 

 

West of Llanbadoc
West of Llanbadoc

Usk Valley and Llancayo Mill
Usk Valley and Llancayo Mill
(See enlargement of this photo.)

 

Go half right downhill on an obvious path. Swing right at a waymark post (marked Circular Walk 3) on to a broad path which soon narrows. Pass another waymark post (marked Circular Walk 3) and shortly cross a stile a few metres off to the left. Go straight ahead with a wood on the right.

Cross a stile to the right of a metal gate and turn right. Shortly turn left at a metal gate (don't go through it) and follow the field edge. Go downhill, cross a stile on the right and turn left. Go left downhill, gradually approaching large trees and a gully on the right, and cross two stiles 12 metres apart. Follow the path, cross a footbridge (not the one on the right) and follow the field edge. Take a track on the right before the field corner and shortly turn right on the road. Cross the river and return 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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