Some areas may become muddy in wet weather. Please wear appropriate footwear.
Total steps: 5
Total steps: 5
Clytha riverside car park SO361085
From the car park, take the gate to the right of the interpretation panel and continue for 220yd (200m). Follow the path around to the right and on alongside the River Usk. After about 660yd (600m), go through the second gate on the right (with the stone counterweight) and head slightly up hill and around the field edge to the metal wicket gate leading onto the road.
Follow the waymarked signs through Twyn y Cregan Woods, tracking the course of Clawdd Brook before passing close to the A40 and heading up to the edge of the woods. Before you turn left take in the views across Clytha Park to Clytha Castle. The path now follows a track at the edge of the woods with parkland on your right. After 440yd (400m) you will meet another track. Turn left (note there is no Public Right of Way through the farmyard), then immediately right and follow a path that meanders through the trees. The path brings you out behind a hedge by a track. When the hedge ends cross the track diagonally to your left to a kissing gate that enters a field by a large oak tree. If you end up at the back of Chapel Farm you’ll need to turn around and find the kissing gate on your right.
Around 100 veteran trees are dotted around Clytha Estate, including oak, sweet chestnut and beech. Many are tucked away out of sight, but as you reach step 2, you'll see a split veteran oak tree, hundreds of years old and a rich habitat for dozens of species. As you continue around the back of Chapel Farm, shortly before point three, you will find two more veteran oak trees. The sweet chestnuts and lime trees near Clytha Castle are also worth looking out for.
Keeping the oak tree to your left follow the route across the field to a stile. As you cross the field, you will pass several stones on your left. These are the ruins of St Aeddan's Chapel – Capel Aedan founded in 1188 by Aedan of Gwaethfoed. After crossing the first stile continue to follow the way marked route south through several fields and gates. You eventually cross a horse paddock. Head to the top right-hand corner of this field go over the stile. Follow a short section of track to a metal gate near the road. To your left is the drive leading to the Clytha Arms pub. Cross the road very carefully to a flight of steep stone steps up to the top of a bank where the walk continues.
An ancient chapel
Capel Aedan chapel was still in existence in the 14th century, but later ruined. By 1957, it was just a heap of stones with some architectural features. Surrounding Capel Aedan is the site of a deserted medieval village (DMV), where it's suggested the original Klytha Manor stood.
After passing through the gate at the top of the steps, keep right at the edge of the fields and continue following the waymarkers over a couple of stiles and right through a gate back into Clytha Park on the top of low hill. Follow the line of lime trees diagonally down to the concrete track. These trees used to be the avenue leading to Clytha Castle from Clytha House. When you reach the track, turn left, following the track uphill taking the right fork up to the castle. Pass through a metal gate across the track and into Castle Woods. The track takes you up to Clytha Castle. Please respect the privacy of those staying at the castle.
Considered one of the outstanding 18th-century follies of Wales, it was designed by John Davenport and built by William Jones of Clytha House, with the purpose of 'relieving a mind afflicted with the loss of a most excellent wife'. It's owned by the National Trust and leased to the Landmark Trust who rent it out for holidays.
Follow the wooden signs that direct you along a track that runs down behind the Castle. Pass through the wooden field gate at the edge of Castle Wood and back onto parkland. The path follows a grassy track downhill along the ridge of a steep bank with scattered trees. When the trees end, turn left back under the bank with parkland to your right. After 220yd (200m) head right and downhill until you reach a small metal gate by the road. Pass through the gate, turn immediately left and walk along the road for 50m and then turn right back into the car park where you started your walk.
Take a little time to admire this remarkable place and the far-reaching views across the Sugar Loaf and Skirrid.
Clytha riverside car park SO361085
Mainly grass tracks through woods and fields, some areas may become muddy in wet weather. Generally gentle slopes, one short, steep slope with steps and several stiles.
Clytha riverside car park
The Usk Valley Walk runs from Newport to Brecon and passes through Clytha.
From the east, head west along the A40 to Raglan. Take the fourth exit at the Raglan roundabout, signposted Clytha and follow the National Trust signs.
From the west, follow the B4598 from the Hardwick roundabout just outside Abergavenny. Continue for 4.7 miles (7.5km), turn right onto the Bettws Newydd road and follow the National Trust signs.
Dogs welcome under close control due to livestock grazing in the area. There are several stiles.
Please note that there are limited parking spaces available. Use public transport where possible.
Mainly grass tracks through woods and fields, some areas may become muddy in wet weather. Generally gentle slopes, one short, steep slope with steps, several stiles and a gate.
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