Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
This departure: Grade 5
Independent travel to The Speech House Hotel in Coleford. Check in is from 2pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6:30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.
Kington to Hay on Wye.
This walk includes possibly the best part of the entire trail. From the Hergest Ridge there are lovely views of the Shropshire Hills and ahead to Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains. Beyond the small village of Gladestry, more open country follows as the trail crosses the smaller expanse of the Disgwyfla Hill before descending to a network of lanes. The highlight of the latter stages is Bettws Dingle, beyond which the path takes us to the River Wye. There follows a series of fields before the trail returns to the river on the edge of Hay on Wye. About 14½ miles, 500 meters ascent & 600 meters descent.
Hay on Wye to Llanthony.
This is one of the most demanding days of the walks but is without doubt one of the most scenic. There is a steep climb up to Hay Bluff and through several fields before we reach the ridge. We then reach Hatterrall Hill where there are some fine views before descending to Llanthony with its Priory. About 13 miles, 600 meters ascent & 450 meters descent.
Longtown to Treadam.
Our walks today are mainly across agricultural land as well as the trail taking us to White Castle, one of the best preserved of the Marcher castles. Finally, we reach the village of Treadam. About 12 miles, 525 meters ascent & 625 meters ascent.
Llantilio Crossenny / Treadam to Monmouth.
The path sets off along the road before joining the River Trothy. The trail continues along the river valley. Our approach to the town of Monmouth is over the mound of King’s Wood. About 9¾ miles, 200 meters ascent & 230 meters descent.
Monmouth to St Briavels.
The original route of the trail follows the beautiful Wye Valley, characterised by wooded slopes high above the gently flowing river finishing at the unusual hilltop village of St Briavels. About 9½ miles, 450 meters ascent & 430 meters descent.
St Briavels to Chepstow via Tintern Abbey.
Journeys end is in sight as we carry out the final walk of this holiday. About 12 miles, 300 meters ascent & 330 meters descent.
Departure after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am.
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