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.
This replaces the route up the Stony Way, which is so badly eroded by off-roading that it has become dangerous.It takes you past the ruined church of St Mary, Chapel Hill, on the site of a church established by the monks for their tenants.
Cross the main road past the abbey and walk up past St Anne's (once the outer gatehouse chapel - the line of the precinct wall is marked in the road.) Cross the side road and walk up a steep stony lane to the church. After visiting the church (see link below for more details. The building is marked as dangerous but the churchyard is stunning, with some huge C18 tombs) continue up the lane. At SO 52946 00098 the tracks divide – take the left fork. This leads up a lovely hollow way and up to a gate.
The path winds right and left through the wild garlic and up to another gate out of the woods. Walk along the hedge to your right, to the gate at the top right corner of the field. Penterry Farm, the old grange farmhouse, is to your right, but there is no right of way past the farm.Instead, turn left on the metalled lane.
You can cut across the fields to Penterry church from the gate just before the next farm buildings at ST 52196 99539 – angle across the field to the far corner at ST 52082 99071 and keep going on the same line. If the animals in the field put you off, continue on the lane to ST 52342 98851, go through the gate to your right, walk up the field with the hedge to your right, through the gate at the top and up the next field to the church. (See the link below for more on Penterry and its church.)
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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