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Caerleon to Llantarnam

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.

 

 

At ST 31126 92247, just before the farm buildings, the footpath is waymarked through a gate to your left. It has been diverted to cross the field to a stile at the far left corner at ST 30959 92497. Turn left and walk along the metalled road and across the bridge over the dual carriageway. The road bypasses the private grounds of Llantarnam Abbey and takes you to Croes-y-mwyalch, the beginning of the Llantarnam-Penrhys route.

If you have permission to visit the abbey (the nuns welcome visitors and offer retreats and accommodation for pilgrims), immediately after the bridge, take the waymarked path to your right and walk across the field to a kissing gate. This brings you to the drive of Llantarnam Abbey. From here another right of way goes left just before the underpass and takes you round a modern housing estate and into the churchyard at Llantarnam.

 

Caerleon to Llantarnam

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