Destination: Three Castles Walk, Welsh/Herefordshire Marches
Duration: 2 days
Group size: – Open, although camping limited to 16 (early registration advisable)
Cost: Option 1 – 2 nights camping + full board £50
Option 2 – 1 night camping + full board £33
Option 3 – joining for day walks + refreshment at end of each day £5
The Three castles Walk is a circular route about 19 miles (30 km) long. It takes the walker through an undulating landscape of wooded hillsides and hidden valleys in North East Monmouthshire. The countryside in this area retains a strong local identity with its fine tapestry of hedgerows, copses and woods; its maze of narrow lanes, tracks, bridleways and paths; its distinctive old market towns, villages and hamlets; and its secluded historic farmhouses and churches. It is on the borderland of England and Wales and the many castles are a reminder of the turbulent history of this area.
The Three Castles Walk links the three Norman Castles of Skenfrith, White Castle and Grosmont. The main purpose of these “Three Castles” or “Trilateral” Castles was to form a line of defence on the border of the Marches and to control the transport routes from Herefordshire into Wales. The walk runs through sparsely populated countryside.
With a camp being set up at Meredith Farm at Llancloudy on the A466 Monmouth to Hereford road, it is the perfect weekend escape to finish off the summer.