River Activities around Monmouth

Situated at the confluence of the Rivers Wye, Monnow and Trothy, Monmouth has ample resources for exciting river activities or relaxing riverside days out!

River Activities Monmouth, Monmouthshire and The Wye Valley

What could be better than an a leisurely paddle down the river, taking in all the splendour that Monmouthshire has to offer. Or stopping off at one of our many pubs and riverside restaurants and relaxing over a friendly meal whilst watching the water traffic float by!

River Activities Monmouth

Monmouth is famous for it's raft race held in September by The Monmouth Rotary Club. Starting from the Monmouth Rowing Club it winds it's way 6.5 miles down river to Whitbrook where there is entertainment and refreshements!

Canoe Monmouth

 

The 4 Castles Cycle Route

The route is waymarked with blue signs - a bicycle surrounded by four castles.

Cycling in Monmouth

Introduction

Cycling in MonmouthshireThis 52KM (32 MILE) circular route is entirely on roads and takes in the castles of Abergavenny, White Castle, Skenfrith and Grosmont. Although not particularly difficult it is suited to more experienced cyclists used to sharing the road with other traffic. There are several challenging hill climbs.

Cycling is an ideal way of exploring this quiet part of Monmouthshire, where you can make unscheduled stops to enjoy unexpected views of the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons and the Monnow and Usk Valleys or to stop off at one of the country pubs on the route.

Abergavenny to White Castle - 45 mins; Hard; 14km

Turn left out of the bus station. take the first left into Holywell Road. Turn right at the T junction signed Rockfeild. The road begins with a long steep uphill climb (the hardest on route) dropping and climbing again before reaching Llanvapley. Continue straight on through the village to reach Llantilio Crossenny. Turn right off the road into the village. Continue through the village and bear left back to main road. Carefully turn right then immediately left; signposted White Castle.

White Castle to Skenfrith - 30 mins; Easy; 10km

Cycling in Monmouth and The Wye ValleyFrom the castle return 100m to the road, turn left and go downhill. Take the first right and continue uphill past houses. Fork left near old school and follow around to the T junction. Turn left. Do not turn off until you reach the main road B4521. Carefully turn right. Continue through Cross Ash and on to Skenfrith. Turn left into village with castle on your right.

Skenfrith to Grosmont - 30 mins; Easy; 8km

Continue straight on past castle and church and over stream, bearing left. Follow the lane to the T junction. Turn right. Follow the road to Grosmont with good views over the Monnow Valley. The road crosses a stream before a short, steep climb to Grosmont village. The castle is signposted on right.

Grosmont to Graig Syfyrddin - 30 mins; Hard; 5km

Turn left immediately behind Town Hall signposted Cross Ash. After a steep descent, the road levels before forking right uphill land on to a T junction. Turn left. The road steepens uphill past Grosmont Wood Farm before bearing right and levelling.

Graig Syfyrddin to Abergavenny - 45mins; Medium; 15km (9.2 miles)

Take care to turn right before the old school down a narrow road. Follow it downhill (rough in places) to a T junction above the Three Salmons pub. Turn right with care onto the main road B4521 and continue to Llanvetherine. Keep straight on. A gradual climb takes you to the base of The Skirrid before descending gently to Abergavenny. After going under the two road bridges, fork left. Continue downhill past the houses to a T junction. Turn right, then left twice back to the start.

Safe Cycling

Cycling in MonmouthThe Route - Recommended for experienced cyclists used to sharing the road with other traffic. Be aware that the B4521 can be busy, with fast moving vehicles. Some roads re narrow with high hedges. There are several challenging hill climbs, with the reward of excellent views in many directions.

Cycle Stands - You can leave your bike in safety at Abergavenny Railway Station, the Tourist Information Centre, and at White Castle and Skenfrith.

Your Bike - Ensure it is in good working order. Check brakes, wheels and tyres regularly. Always carry a small tool kit, puncture repair outfit and spare inner tube, a small first aid kit and drink/light refreshments.

Cycling in MonmouthClothing - Be safe - be seen. Wear suitable and high visibility clothing. Wearing a helmet is advisable.

Cycling on Roads - Follow the advice given in the Highway Code. Leave a gap of at least 3 meters between riders in wet weather and take extra care downhill. Always ride in single file when roads are busy or narrow.

 

Horse Riding in Monmouthshire

Kings Wood and Trothy Valley Riding Routes

General Info

The main route to the north of the Trothy is 10.5km (6 1/2miles) long and passes through land belonging to the country estate of Treowen and through King’s Wood. There are also several short cut Horse Riding Monmouthoptions. It is difficult to say which King the wood was named after, but given that Monmouth became a Royal lordship in the middle of the 13th Century it is possible that it was named after Edward III.

Directions From Monmouth

Leave Monmouth on the A40 Dual carriageway heading towards Raglan and turn left before the road tunnels. Alternatively leave via Drybridge Street, bearing right at Esso Garage, signed Abergavenny A40: Newport/Cardiff A449. After two miles pass through Mitchel Troy village and after another half-mile turn left onto the road signed Dingestow. DO NOT join the Dual carriageway at this point! In another half mile turn right on the unsigned minor road to reach the parking lay-by over the bridge on the right.

Parking

Lay-by parking is available for vehicles and trailers on the minor road south of Jingle Street at Grid Ref. SO 475105, best approached from the old Monmouth to Raglan road. There is no access to this Horse Riding Monmouthsite from the dual carriageway. Make sure your trailer is safely, securely and considerately parked before starting your ride.Please see below for more detailed directions to the parking area.

Using the Bridleways

Follow the blue arrow markers or the bridleway fingerposts with horse and rider symbols. Keep to the line of the bridleway as described, especially when crossing farmland. Take care not to damage land, fences or gates. Remember that in bad weather your horse’s hooves can damage surfaces. Take care when you meet other bridleway users, including horse riders, cyclists or walkers. Some parts of the route are permissive, by courtesy of Forest Enterprise.

Country Code

Horse Riding MonmouthEnjoy the countryside and respect its life and work. Guard against all risk of fire. Fasten all gates. Keep your dogs under close control. Take your litter home. Help to keep all water clean. Protect wildlife, plants and trees. Make no unnecessary noise. Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.

Riding Safety/Insurance

For peace of mind it is essential to wear a hard hat, secured with a chinstrap, to British Safety Standards. It is recommended that you have at least third party (public liability) insurance. Further information on safety and insurance is available from the British Horse Society.

 
Route Description

All routes start and finish at the lay-by parking area on the lane south of Jingle Street.

Leaving the dual carriageway behind you ride down the lane, cross the River Trothy to reach the driveway to Treowen House. Turn right and follow the track.

Horse Riding MonmouthAs you reach the farm buildings on your right the short spur from Digestow Village joins the main circuit through the first of two gates on your left. Continue on past  Treowen House on to your right, and on to stocking sheds on your left. At the far end of the sheds is a choice of routes. Both meet in the middle of Kings Wood. The main route is 5.2 km or the short cut is 4.2 km. Both are described below.

The short cut continues straight on along the track passing cottages on your right and left before reaching a lane. Cross diagonally right, go through a gate to follow the track. At the end of the track go through another gate and continue uphill passing a barn on your left. Pass through two bridlegates and enter the wood. Follow waymark posts along a grassy track up through the wood. Cross over one forest track and continue on until you join the main forest road, where you turn right to join the main circuit.

From the main circuit turn left at the end of the sheds and go through a gateway. Follow the track through the wood for 350m and enter a field via a gate. Bear slightly right, keeping just to the left of the prominent cone of the sugar Loaf mountain in the distance (if visibility is good!!), to reach a gate in the corner of the field near to a prominent tree. Head straight down the field keeping a line of trees on your right to reach a field gate and a concrete bridge.

Go through and follow a partly sunken track that curves up to the right. Follow the waymarking to a gateway. Carry straight on, keeping the hedge on your left, through three more field gates; the first of which is a boundary between farms. Please ensure this gate is firmly closed after use. A forth gate then brings you out onto a lane.

Horse Riding MonmouthCarry straight on between buildings and after a few meters the bridleway track go straight on as the lane turns right. You are now on Offa’s Dyke Path. After 700m pass through a bridle gate next to a forest barrier into Kings Wood. This is Forestry Commission woodland that is managed on behalf of the nation by Forest Enterprise. Continue for anothe r 350m ignoring the two tracks off to your right to reach the main track crossing. At this point Offa’s Dyke Path continues straight on. Turn right and immediately on your right you will see where the short cut from Treowen rejoins the main circuit.

After 100m fork right at a junction of tracks and follow the track which curves upwards before levelling. Pass a track off to your right, and continue for another 200m where you reach a junction of bridleways. The spur to your right is an alternative route which leads via Whitehall Farm and lanes back to the start (Make sure if you take this route to bear right at this point and not turn right down a wide forest ride, and use your maps for directions).

For the main circuit carry straight on for 100m to a junction of bridleways. Fork left to follow the main narrow section, which descends for over 850m crossing over one main forest track. On reaching a second track turn right. Follow this around passing a track that goes down to your left and shortly afterwards turn right onto a small bridleway through the trees. When this reaches a forest road turn right. Follow the road to a broad road junction. Turn left then immediately right onto a narrow bridleway up through the trees. This eventually brings you up over the top of the rise and down again to rejoin the forest track, and the latest short cut. Turn left and after 200m fork right keeping to the wood edge to reach a bridle gate into a small enclosure. Continue straight on through a second gate into a large field.  The reason for two gates at this point is to prevent stock entering the wood. The gate on your right is another bridleway link to Whitehall Farm.

Horse Riding MonmouthUsing the finger posts as a pointer, head diagonally down through the scattered trees to a dense copse where a waymark post points you down the line of a sunken lane. Continue down passing through a bridle gate to reach the open field. Carry on keeping the hedge on your left, but eventually bear right to reach a field gate in a fence line. Carry on following the obvious tractor route to the road. Riders should be aware they are entering a road on a bend, and drivers approaching from both directions are unsighted. Turn right and follow the road around to pass the entrance to Talocher Farm and a fork in the road leading to Whitehall Farm on your right. At this point you are 1km from the car park. Continue along the lane, turn left at the telephone kiosk at Jingle Street before returning to the start.

 

 
 

 

Walking in Monmouth

 

Golf in Monmouth

Monmouthshire has a wide selection of golf clubs to suit a variety of tastes.


Alice Springs Golf Club
Keneys Commander, Usk, NP15 1JY

Blackwood Golf Club
Cwmgelli, Blackwood, NP12 1BR

Caerleon Golf Club
Broadway, Caerleon, NP6 1AY

The Celtic Manor Resort Golf Club
Catsash Road, Coldra Woods, Newport, NP18 1HQ

Dewstow Golf Club
Caerwent, NP26 5AH

Green Meadow Golf Club
Treherbert Road, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, NP44 2BZ

Llanwern Golf Club
Tennyson Avenue, Llanwern, Newport, NP18 2DW

Marriott St Pierre Golf Club
St Pierre Park, Chepstow, NP16 6YA

Monmouth Golf Club
Leasebrook Lane, Monmouth, NP25 3SN

Monmouthshire Golf Club
Gypsy Lane, Llanfoist, Abergavenny, NP7 9HE

Newport Golf Club
Great Oak, Rogerstone, Newport, NP10 9FX

Oakdale Golf Club
Llwynon Lane, Oakdale, NP2 0NF

Parc Golf Club
Church Lane, Coed Kernew, Newport, NP10 8TU

Parc Bryn Golf Club
Merthyr Road, Tredegar NP22 3AY

Pontnewydd Golf Club
Maesgwyn Farm, Upper Cwmbran, NP44 1AB

Pontypool Golf Club
Lasgarn Lane, Trevethin, Pontypool, NP4 8TR

Raglan Parc Golf Club
Parc Lodge, Raglan, NP5 2ER

The Rolls of Monmouth
The Hendre, Monmouth, NP25 5HG

Shirenewton Golf Club
Shirenewton, Chepstow, NP16 6RL

Tredegar & Rhymney
Cwmtysswg, Rhymney, Tredegar, Gwent, NP22 3BQ

Tredegar Park Golf Club
Parc-y-Brain Road, Rogerstone, Newport, NP10 9TG

Wernddu Golf Centre
Old Ross Road, Abergavenny, NP7 8NG

West Monmouthshire Golf Club
Golf Road, Pond Road, Pond Road, Brynmawr, Gwent, NP23 4QT

Woodlake Park Golf Club
Glascoed, Usk, NP4 0TE