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Monmouth and the Kymin

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Monmouth and the Kymin
Author: DFO, Published: 02 Aug 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Monmouthshire, Welsh\English borders
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Monmouth and the Kymin
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A circular route starting and ending at Monmouth and taking in sections of the Wye Valley Way and Offa's Dyke footpaths. Some steep climbing is rewarded by stunning views into Wales. Most of the walking is easy, with a delightful stretch along the River Wye but there is one prolonged hill climb after Redbrook.

Use the Cattle Market car park off Blestium street. Approx. post code NP25 3EG - co-ordinates 51.808573,-2.71858. Start the walk at the medieval town gate on the Monnow Bridge just a few hundred yards from the car park.

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Monmouth Town Gate to Wye Bridge
Monmouth Town Gate to Wye Bridge

Start point: 51.8086 lat, -2.7187 long
End point: 51.811 lat, -2.7086 long

Head towards the town centre but after a short distance take the first right along Blestium Street with the Cattle Market car park to your right. At the end of the street, near a traffic island, turn left to continue along Blestium Street with a supermarket car park now on your left. On your right, across the road, there is a park with two avenues of trees. Cross the road as you near the second of these avenues and take the path lined with stately trees to a children’s play area. Walk around the right hand side of the play area and along the enclosed footpath, passing a boarding school. The path soon rises to the same level as the A40 road which thunders by on your right. Continue along, crossing a side road, and then immediately after turn right to use the subway and cross under the A40. After the subway bear left to cross the Wye Bridge

Wye Bridge to Redbrook
Wye Bridge to Redbrook

Start point: 51.811 lat, -2.7086 long
End point: 51.7882 lat, -2.6748 long

At the end of the bridge, turn immediate right and cross a car park to a gate in the right hand corner and go through onto the Wye Valley Way. On this pleasant section of the walk, follow the path along the river for a few miles, first under the cover of trees, passing a steel bridge and a disused viaduct, then across open meadows, and finally follow the switchback trail through mature woodland. After another short meadow you reach the A466 Redbrook Road. Continue along it to the outskirts of Redbrook (if you are in need supplies or calories you can continue along the road into Redbrook where there are pubs and a village shop).

Redbrook to The Kymin Viewpoint
Redbrook to The Kymin Viewpoint

Start point: 51.7882 lat, -2.6748 long
End point: 51.8092 lat, -2.6867 long

Take the first turning left onto a smaller road and begin to climb steadily, passing cottages and houses and passing under a railway bridge. After approximately half a mile look out for a wooden Offa’s Dyke sign on the opposite side of the road and, at this sign, turn left onto a smaller metalled lane. This road takes a sharper incline and after a few twists and turns leads eventually to a farm track, still climbing, which then takes you over open meadowland. Enjoy the views because by now you will have earned them. Continue to follow the yellow markers as you climb, crossing further meadows, until eventually you are channelled into a narrow path between a high wooden fence and a shady copse to emerge onto the car park for the Kymin (National Trust). Make your way to the Tower and Naval Temple and enjoy the superb views across Monmouthshire and the Black Mountains of Wales.

Kymin to Monmouth Town Gate

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Continue along the path past the buildings and then take the main track left. At a junction with a road, turn left and when you come to a fork, turn right onto the Kymin Road. Follow this road for some distance as it winds down from the Kymin until you reach a left hand bend where you pick up another wooden Offa’s Dyke sign. Leave the road at this point to follow the direction of the sign, continuing down through woodland until the path meets the busy A4136. Follow this road back down to the bridge at Monmouth. Cross the road and use the underpass on the right after the bridge and then turn left to follow the path past the school and back to the children’s play area. Walk around this and along the avenue of trees and then turn left. At the junction, turn right to the high street and then left back to the town gate.

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1 responses to "Monmouth and the Kymin"

It's an OK walk, though we had to cut ours short as river was a bit high and it closed the path along the river. So it ended up in a failed walk. Perhaps one for summer.

ADMIN RESPONSE: With 2015 being the 2nd wettest on record (thanks mainly to a very wet December) we are (unsurprisingly) having lots of reports about rivers in flood in Jan 2016. This walk will be passable most of the time (even in winter) but please remember that river walks are never recommended after record amounts of rainfall.

By Drinu on 2016-01-03 21:32:40

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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6 images to "Monmouth and the Kymin"

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The River Wye at Monmouth
1198_1DFO1343915126 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: DFO
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An iron bridge crosses the river on the Wye Valley Way
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Another structure spanning the Wye, and also in a state of dereliction
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The start of a long slow climb to the Kymin
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Crossing a series of open meadows on the way to the summit of the Kymin
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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The reward you get for climbing the Kymin is a sweeping views across Monmouth and into Wales.

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