Distance: 5 km
Grade: easy, mainly good paths
Transport links: Caerleon has excellent bus links to Newport and Cwmbran and less frequent buses from Monmouth and Usk. There are regular bus services to Llantarnam from Newport and Cwmbran. Cwmbran is on the Cardiff-Manchester railway line. See http://www.traveline.cymru/ for details.
Walk up the main road through Caerleon, past the Roman sites and the National Roman Legion Museum and turn left just before the green. Walk past the old university campus and take the third road to the left, Lodge Hill.
At ST 32496 91370 a bridleway goes straight on from the end of the road through the garden of Lodge Hill Farm, but it is very steep and overgrown. Better to turn left when the tarmac runs out and walk along the ramparts of the great hill fort of Lodge Hill. The track goes into some trees and a path goes up to the right, through the ramparts and down a defensive ditch. Cut across the network of tracks on the other side and make your way downhill to a stile in the forest edge at ST 32159 91520.
Walk across the field, through the yard of Park Farm and down the lane. When the lane bends to the right, go straight on along the edge of the fields. The footpath becomes a very overgrown hollow way: you will probably have to stay to the left of the fence and eventually scramble over it to go through a gate and along the track to Pen-y-Parc.
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