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|Penallt and the Wye Valley|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Apr 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Monmouthshire, Wye Valley|
|A 4.2 mile circular walk from Penallt in Monmouthshire taking in a beautiful stretch of the Wye Valley. Penallt is set high on a hill above Monmouth and the walk begins with a long descent into the valley, before following the path alongside the River Wye and then climbing back steeply into the hills to return to the village. The views throughout are spectacular and in spring the woodlands boast a beautiful carpet of bluebells. A fairly strenuous outing, but well worth it! |
The walk has several fairly steep and long ascents and descents including some sections with uneven steps cut into the woodland paths. There are a few gates plus five stiles on route, two of which are stone stiles which most dogs (and some humans!) could need help to climb. The paths are mainly mud woodland and river side tracks which will be muddy after wet weather. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the village of Penallt in Monmouthshire. If you want refreshments before or after your walk then parking is available at the Inn at Penallt, otherwise roadside parking is available near the village green. Approximate post code NP25 4SE.
|Penallt to Old Railway|
Start point: 51.7792 lat, -2.6941 long
Leave the Inn at Penallt’s car park via the exit to the road and turn immediately left down a grass lane to the right of Pentwyn Cottage. Follow the grass track winding downhill and at the T-junction with a tarmac lane turn left.
|Old Railway to Washings Wood|
Start point: 51.7779 lat, -2.676 long
Cross over and go straight ahead through a wooden gate. Go down a couple of steps and then down the grass path to meet the banks of the River Wye. Turn left to follow the Wye Valley Walk with the river running on your right.
|Washings Wood to Penallt OldChurch|
Start point: 51.7932 lat, -2.6845 long
Turn left up this steep narrow woodland path into Washing Wood. In springtime the woodlands have a stunning carpet of bluebells. The path eventually emerges onto a gravel track with a vehicle gate to the right. Fork right here up the narrow woodland footpath to the left of the vehicle gate.
|Penallt Old Church to Stream|
Start point: 51.7923 lat, -2.694 long
The church dates from the late thirteenth century or early fourteenth century and is a grade one listed building. The main fabric of the building is medieval, although the base of the tower is earlier and the porch is later, bearing a date of 1539. The church is constructed of old red sandstone.
|Stream to Penallt|
Start point: 51.7865 lat, -2.6937 long
Go straight ahead into the field either using the stile or the adjacent gate which is normally open or unlocked. Follow the narrow field uphill and pass over another stile (which does have a gap underneath suitable for most dogs) to reach a lane.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Followed this walk today and really enjoyed it. Your directions are spot on and it was easy to follow .... The ascent from the River Wye was a killer although my 15 year old son didn't seem to have any trouble. A really beautiful part of the country...
|By mikelannon73 on 2016-03-06 15:56:01|
Great walk, the bluebells are stunning, it's a beautiful setting and the old church is well worth a visit. The only issue we had was parking as the Inn was busy, perhaps suggest park at Pentwyn Barn, Gwent Nature Trust where there are facilities too! First walk we have done from iFootpath, thanks for a great day out!
|By Scirocco on 2016-04-17 19:45:56|
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