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Hiking Tips

1. Know your physical condition
2. Choose an appropriate trail for your ability before you begin hiking
3. Know the latest weather forecast so you can dress and plan accordingly
4. Estimate your hiking time. Know when the sun will set.
5. Proper dress – wear layers. Hike in sturdy, comfortable, over-the-ankle footwear.
6. Proper food- bring high energy food for snacking and plenty of water (a pint an hour under 90 degrees; a quart an hour, over 90 degrees). Carry a day-pack.
7. Allergies- if you have them please remember to bring your medication.
8. If park rules are posted, read them and adhere to them. If you are asked to sign a “roster of visitors” at the trail entrance, do so –both are for your safety.
9. Communication – inform family or friends where you are hiking and when you will return.
10. Observe hunting signs. Hunting may be in progress from September through February in many areas.
11. Carry identification and let someone know where you are going.
12. Carry your cell phone if you have one.
13. If you're new to exercise, check with your doctor before starting any fitness program.
14. If walking vigorously, warm up and cool down by walking slowly for 5 minutes at the beginning and end of your walk to avoid injury.
15. Walk different routes and trails to enjoy different natural and architectural environments.

Walking

Hendre Farm House is situated in open country next to the Sugar Loaf and Black Mountain range. Peace and tranquility can be found on this working farm bordered by “Rolls” golf course in picturesque Hendre with Offa’s Dyke path running past the gate. The Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Forest of Dean are all very close.

An ideal base for exploring Monmouthshire.

Three Castle Walk

The route is a 19mile walk and links Skenfrith Castle, Grosmont Castle and White Castle together.
It follows woods and hills and takes the walker over Graig Syfyrddin (Edmunds Tump) from where there are views of the Welsh Marches, the mountains of South Wales, including the Black Mountains, and the Forest of Dean and beyond.

The Three Castles Walk links with both the Offa's Dyke Path (at White Castle) and the Monnow Valley Walk (at Skenfrith and Grosmont). The term “The Three Castles” is used to collectively describe White Castle, Skenfrith Castle and Grosmont Castle, all of which are located in the Monnow Valley in south Wales (modern day Monmouthshire).

Offa's Dyke

The Offa’s Dyke trail is not one of the longest trails but it is one of the most challenging in Wales. It stretches for 285km right from the Severn Estuary in the South East all the way along the Wales/England border to Prestatyn in the North. It is the most attractive and varied of them. The route crosses high wild moorland, attractive, well cultivated wide river valleys and ancient woodland. It passes through historic towns and isolated hamlets. En route can be seen hill forts, castles, abbeys and surviving remains of the habitations of former occupants of the beautiful corridor of the path. During the walk all you have to do is follow the acorn.

The section of the trail that goes through Southern Wales is probably the most spectacular section of the route, taking in the beautiful Wye Valley and the Eastern edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park.
Offa's Dyke is well signed posted and passes our front gate, so is great for walkers.

Celtic Trail ~ Route 4

If the Offa’s Dyke goes straight up the country then the Celtic Trail cuts right across it. Taking in the fabulous scenery all the way from Chepstow right through the heart of Southern Wales and on to Pembrokeshire in the West. Although also used as a cycle route the path is popular amongst walkers.

The Brecon Beacons

It is a magnet for walkers and it is easy to see why with its rugged mountains, rolling hills and, of course, its magnificent views. It is fitting then that this area has some fantastic walks. The Beacons Way is a challenging 161km (100 miles) route which highlights the best of the Beacons or there are paths to the summits of Pen y Fan, the Sugarloaf and Ysgyrid Fawr from where there are spectacular views in each direction for miles around.

 Wye Valley and Vale of Usk

The outstanding natural beauty of the Wye Valley and wonderful scenery of the Vale of Usk mean that this area is a haven for walkers. Among the most picturesque is the 218km Wye Valley walk which goes from Chepstow past the beautiful Tintern Abbey and on to Monmouth and eventually Rhayder. The Three Castles walk combines the stunning countryside with the area’s fascinating history as the route takes you past Skenfrith, Grosmont and White castles. Shorter walks in the area include the Caerleon Heritage Trail, the Lower Wye Ramble and the Priory Grove Circular Trail.

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