Distance: 14 km
Grade: moderate, mainly good paths, some boggy sections
Transport links: there are regular buses to Tintern from Chepstow and Monmouth. Buses between Cwmbran and Chepstow stop near the route in Earlswood at Wellhouse Farm, ST 45203 95360. See http://www.traveline.cymru/ for details.
Cross the main road past the abbey and walk up past St Anne's (once the outer gatehouse chapel). Turn left and walk along the back lane past the Beaufort Arms. Once past the hotel car park, bear right (waymarked for the Wye Valley Walk). At ST 53207 99827 the OS web site marks the Wye Valley Walk up the stony track ahead of you but it’s waymarked to the left, past the limekilns and up to Rudding Farm. This is a long way up to go down again. Better to stick to the track up hill ahead of you.This track is the Stony Way, built for the monks to provide access to their grange farms up the hill.
The track has been very eroded and overgrown, but it seems to be recovering. When you get out of the woods, the climb becomes less steep. At ST 52430 98865, there are stiles to left and right. Go right, walk up the field and cross another stile to a metalled road.
Leave the churchyard by the south gate, cross the field and take the waymarked footpath bearing south-west. At ST 51840 98520, cross the road and take the stony track ahead of you. At ST 51562 98537 the main track goes right to a cottage. Keep straight on and into the forest. At ST 51347 98470 the forest road divides. Take the left fork, then at ST 51255 98312 bear left again up a hollow lane between massive stone walls. Leave the woods by the waymarked stile at ST 51237 98167. Bear right and walk to the far hedge. Go through the right-hand gate at ST 51084 97944 then walk along the hedge to your left (marked on the OS map as a watercourse).
At ST 50675 97875 turn left on the metalled road then right along a stony track. Bear right with the track and walk round the slope. (The big farm below you is on the site of Tintern's Rogerstone Grange, and the reservoir was once a holy well.)
When the stony track goes left into the field, keep straight on. At ST 50160 97395 bear right into the forest. Take the first track to the left. This swings along the edge of the woods to ST 48770 96518. Here you bear left and walk down to the edge of the forest. Just past the Forestry office, turn right on the metalled road and walk down to Itton. Turn right on the main road, left past the council houses and right on a very minor road down to the Glyn and Coed Llwyfos.
At ST 47865 95996 go straight across the cross-roads. In just under 1 km, at ST 47104 96435, turn left down the lane to Coed-Llifos Farm. In about 100m. take the rough track to the right, along the edge of a small plantation. In another 100m. pass a barn on your right. Go straight on down a stony slope and through the remains of a kissing gate following waymarks. Pass the barns to your left and join a metalled track. Follow this round to the right, keeping to the right of the house, and go through a gate on your left at ST 46823 96406.
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