Clytha and Coed y Bwnydd walk

Walking trail

A ramble through an 18th-century estate, taking in the wildlife-rich River Usk and Coed y Bwnydd - the largest and one of the best preserved hill-forts in Monmouthshire. There are beautiful views of the Sugar Loaf, wider Usk Valley and Clytha Castle, one of the outstanding 18th-century follies of Wales.

Parkland at Clytha Estate, Monmouthshire


Map route for Clytha and Coed y Bwnydd walk


Clytha riverside car park SO361085


Please note sections of this walk crosses land not owned by the National Trust. From the car park take the gate next to the interpretation panel and continue on until you reach a gate down on your left. Follow the Usk Valley Walk way-markers, which run adjacent to the river for approximately 1.8 miles (3km), until you meet the road.

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Turn left up the road and continue for about half a mile (1km). As the road flattens out at the top of the hill, just before you start descending into Bettws Newydd, look out for a gate on your right next to a telegraph pole, partly covered by a hedge. Follow the path through the gate and across the field. Continue into the golf club car park and exit onto the minor road it connects to. Turn right and continue for 50m, then turn left into a lane leading up to the church.


Enter the church gates and go over the stile at the other end of the church yard. Turn right then immediately left and continue until you reach a stile on your left. Continue uphill, cross the stiles and head down the road on the other side of the hill. Follow the narrow lane uphill between two buildings until you reach Coed y Bwnydd hill fort on your left. Follow the circular path round the hill fort and return by the field gate close to the original fort entrance.

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Go through the gate and follow the permissive path past the barn at the other end of the field. Go over the stile and turn left onto the lane. Continue walking and keep left where the lane forks until you reach a kissing gate on your left. Cross the stile and follow the path down the grassy hill, through the gap in the line of trees and continue over two stiles until you reach the woods behind Clytha Castle. Follow the wooden signposts to Clytha.

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Once you've enjoyed the view, follow the path that runs behind the castle through the woods to the wooden gate, continuing along a grassy track above the trees to the driveway. Cross the drive keeping the fenced wood on your right and follow the line of trees diagonally uphill to a gate in the top corner of the grounds. Follow the waymarked route through three gates, leading to steep steps and the busy B4598.


Carefully cross this road to the road turning for Clytha Arms on the opposite side. Pass through the metal gate immediately in front of you and continue over the stile. Follow the waymarked route crossing a horse paddock and several fields until you reach a wood near Chapel Farm.


Pass through the kissing gates into the wood and follow the path winding through the trees running parallel with the A40. Just after the path opens out and passes close to the A40, it joins Clawdd Brook, which it follows until reaching a gate at the woodland edge.


Continue along the waymarked route round the back of Rose Cottage and through an old milk churn dock, to a gate leading to the edge of the main road. Cross the road and pass through the metal wicket gate. Turn right and follow the metal railings along the edge of the field. Pass through a wooden gate leading back onto the Usk Valley Walk and follow the path around the sharp left bend back to the car park.


Clytha riverside car park SO361085

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Clytha and Coed y Bwnydd walk


Mainly grass tracks through woods and fields, though some areas will become muddy in bad weather. There is some walking on tarmac roads. There are a few steep slopes and several stiles to cross. Dogs welcome under close control.

Clytha and Coed y Bwnydd walk

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Clytha and Coed y Bwnydd walk

How to get here

Clytha riverside car park
By train

The nearest station is Abergavenny, 5 miles (8km) away. To reach the start, take bus 83 to The Clytha Arms

By road

From the east head west along the A40 to Raglan. At Raglan take the fourth exit off the roundabout signposted for Clytha and follow the National Trust signs. From the west, take the B4598 from Abergavenny. After approximately 5 miles (8km) turn right for Bettws Newydd and follow the National Trust signs

By foot

The Usk Valley Walk running between Newport and Brecon passes through Clytha Estate

By bus

Bus number 83 between Abergavenny and Monmouth, alight at The Clytha Arms and follow the circular route from this point

Clytha and Coed y Bwnydd walk

Facilities and access

  • Local pubs, Clytha Arms and the Black Bear at Bettws Newydd, are located along the route