On Sunday 12th June 11 ramblers travelled to Monmouth to meet our leaders, Steve and Ann Jones, members of the Forest of Dean group who kindly led the walk for us. Despite a gloomy forecast we set off in the sun through Chippenham playing fields, crossing the River Monnow to reach Troy Farm. Walking uphill through Troy Park the group arrived at the Old Penalt Church where a coffee break was taken. From this view point they could look down on the River Wye which 5 members walked beside to return to Monmouth. Looking up they could see Offa’s Dyke which was route for the rest of the party.
Continuing uphill they followed the Offa’s Dyke path before descending into a hidden valley. They arrived at All Saint’s Church at Newland, known the “The Cathedral of the Forest” and had lunch. They then walked to Upper Redbrook to rejoin Offa’s Dyke and headed for The Kymin. Beautiful views over the distant Welsh hills and a large family gathering, singing Happy Birthday in English and Welsh were a fitting end to this beautiful walk. They also shared delicious cakes with us to sustain us on the walk down to Monmouth.
Thanks once again to Steve and Ann, who showed us some delightful hidden places that we would never have known about.
Climbing up out of Monmouth
Beautiful little church at Old Penault
The Boat Inn at Penault
The River Wye at Penault
Lunch in the churchyard of the Cathedral in the Forest
Wedding Arch at the Cathedral in the Forest