Monmouth Walkers are Welcome

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

Thomas Jefferson

 Blorenge 10 March 2015

Blorenge trig point in the mist

Two dogs and nine hardy members travelled in deteriorating weather to Keepers Pond car park on Blorenge for a linear walk to the trig point and hut to enjoy the promised views.   The bulk of the snow deposited a week earlier had melted, adding to the boggy conditions underfoot.  Dense mist, rain and wind provided a minor route finding challenge but the trig point was reached in good time. Unfortunately we did well to see the trig point in the mist,let alone any view.  We continued for a while in deteriorating conditions until common sense set in and we returned to the cars to return to Monmouth.


Blorenge in the mist

Trellech Walk - February 2018

10 February 2018

After meeting at the Monnow Bridge a short drive took us to Trellech, once the largest medieval village in Wales, to park at the 16th century Lion Inn.  Fifteen walkers and 5 dogs made their way to the Virtuous Well via a rather muddy field in damp conditions.  A short stretch of road led via woodland tracks to Catbrook and hence to Whitestone Forestry Commission and what would have been wonderful views of the Wye Valley but for low cloud.  On to Cleddon Shoots and Cleddon Hall, across heathland to Cotland, returning to Trellech to see Harold’s Stones (three Bronze Age standing stones),  Tump Terret (Norman motte and bailey castle) before an excellent pint and lunch at the Lion Inn.  About 6.5 easy miles in 3 hours with two coffee stops.

Waitrose Monmouth Community Matters

waitrose community

On 7th December, Monmouth Walkers are Welcome Treasurer Grahame Thomas, was presented with a cheque for £340.00 by Waitrose as part of their Community Matters Scheme. The presentation was made by Bobby Williams, one of the managers. This money will be used by MWaW to help train additional Walk Leaders and First Aiders. If you would like to come on one of our future walks please visit the Reception Desk at Shire Hall for details, for your information we are the only local walking group who allow dogs on our walks.

Since 2008 Waitrose Monmouth has contributed £108,000 to local charities and good causes. If you wish to be part of the Scheme please contact Waitrose Monmouth, there are application forms in store.

Monmouthshire Way - Open Meeting

29 January 2018

Dave and I, together with 36 others, heard David Morgan give an interesting presentation on the Monmouthshire Way, a proposed long distance 116 mile circular walk.  There was sufficient interest to form a steering committee to develop this project with a view to launching the project in 12 months time.

“The route is one of considerable contrast. Visiting the towns of Chepstow, Monmouth, Abergavenny, Pontypool and Usk it passes through diverse countryside.

From Abergavenny the route visits the World Heritage site above Blaenavon and the heart of the industrial revolution. The broad whale back ridge of Coity Mountain is followed before the eastern valley of the Afon Lwyd is visited. Leaving Pontypool the route climbs to the Folly Tower before descending to the canal side village of Goytre. The ancient forest of Wentwood is visited and the Wales Coast Path is then followed through the Gwent Levels to Chepstow. The beautiful Wye Valley is followed to the once very important medieval village of Trellech. The Kymin is visited to provide staggering views of Monmouth and the Black Mountains beyond.

Offa's Dyke path is followed to Pandy and from here the Brecon Beacons National Park is entered and the Monmouthshire Way walker will then visit Llanthony and Capel y Ffin on route to the county summit of Chwarel y Fan at over 2000 feet above sea level. Finally, the route climbs to the summit of the iconic Sugar Loaf before descending via the Rholben back to Abergavenny.”

Monmouthshire Way

Monmouthshire Way Facebook

The Long Distance Walkers Association - Monmouthshire Way


Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome Provide Boot Cleaner

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Walkers in Monmouth now have the chance to clean their muddy boots, to the delight of business-owners in the town. Collaboration between the Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome group, Monmouthshire County Council and Chris Grove, publican at the Robin Hood pub, has resulted in a brand new boot cleaner being installed in the beer garden at the Robin Hood.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome said: “We were fortunate to be granted match-funding by MCC (from the adventa programme), which was aimed at improving facilities for walkers in Monmouthshire. Many walkers are reluctant to enter shops, restaurants and pubs in the town if they have muddy boots. By providing a very simple boot cleaner, in a secure location that will be accessible every day from 11am to 11pm, we will be encouraging walkers to be more confident about visiting businesses in the town, without having to worry about muddy boots.”

The walking group is fortunate to have Grahame Thomas, a retired Architect, on their Committee and, working with Chris Grove, publican at the Robin Hood and his maintenance team from Three Rivers Renovations, they quickly identified a suitable boot cleaner, decided on a location and installed it – all in the space of a week!

Chris Grove said: “We always welcome walkers and their dogs at the Robin Hood and we are delighted to be able to help in improving the walking experience in the town.”

Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome is looking for another site for a second boot cleaner, preferably at the ‘top’ of the town. If you know of a suitable location and would like to help, please contact the group via their website or facebook page (search for ‘Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome’).

Boot Cleaner

Members of the Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome group cleaning their boots at the newly installed boot cleaner at the Robin Hood pub in Monmouth.