Dawn Chorus Walk

Our ever-popular Dawn Chorus Walk returns this spring on Sunday 10th April. Led by naturalist and broadcaster, Ed Drewitt (https://www.eddrewitt.co.uk), we will gather in the silence and dark of pre-dawn in order to experience the sights and sounds of our local woodland wildlife waking up. We take a short walk through the woodland, pausing frequently to listen to the birds, before returning to the Village Hall for tea/coffee and pastries. We usually identify 25-30 different species of birds, making our woodland a very species-rich environment in which to experience the Dawn Chorus. 

Price £12.50, to include refreshments.

This event is organised by the village Footpath Group. Places are limited and demand is always high so you’re advised to register your interest early. Please email Jane on the_gilliards@hotmail.com to reserve your place.

Autumn Village Walk: 20th October

autumn-trees-clipart-6The village Footpath Project are holding their Autumn Village Walk on Sunday 20th October. The details are similar to previous walks (but a different route of course) with a choice of a longer or shorter walk to suit different people.

These walks are a great way to get to know people as well as exploring different parts of our valuable network of public rights of way.

Meet at the Village Hall, at 1.45pm for the longer walk or 3pm for the less challenging walk.

Afternoon tea will be served in the hall at the end of the walks, between (about) 4.30pm and 5pm. The hall committee would appreciate small donations to cover this cost. Continue reading

Footpaths Project Update

Walking boots

The next Village Walk will be:

Village Meadow Walk: Sunday 26th June 2022

The Footpaths Project has been running since 2015, maintaining and improving the rights of way around the village for the benefit of residents and walkers, and promoting walking as a healthy and social activity in our area.  This is their latest report:

“The Footpaths Group has been active again through the pandemic.  Whenever possible, our regular monthly maintenance group has been keeping paths accessible and in good order by cutting encroaching vegetation and we have been working with the Monmouthshire County Council Wardens and Natural Resources Wales to improve paths across the area of The Narth, Maryland and Pen y Fan, as far as Bigsweir.  New waymarking posts have been installed and others repaired, to make routes easier to follow, so please give them a try.  The more our footpaths are used, then the easier they will be for us to keep clear.

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Spring Village Walk: Sunday 2nd June

ButtercupsThe Footpath Project’s Spring Village Walk on Sunday 2nd June will follow the successful format of previous village walks, but with new routes that will be revealed on the day.

These social walks are a great way to get to know your neighbours while appreciating the beautiful countryside around our village.  Newcomers will be made very welcome by the regular walkers.

There will be the usual choice of a longer walk (about 5 miles or so) and an easier short walk (around 2 miles on flatter ground). Highlights of the short walk will include some spring wildflowers in local meadows, while the longer walk will be through woodland. Continue reading

Footpaths Project Update

chugging_bus_TTake the Bus

Our village no 65 bus service is under threat and needs more passengers so why not make use of it to go for a walk on our wonderful footpath network?  Just a short ride to Maryland, Trellech, Whitebrook Crossroads or Penallt gives great opportunities for linear walks back to The Narth.  Don’t hesitate – the bus is there for us all to use, and if you have a bus pass it’s free!

The timetable is available on this website

Progress in Manor Wood Continue reading

The Village Walk: 3 June

This spring the Footpaths Project is leading another social walk around the footpaths of the area, on Sunday 3rd June.

These have proved to be a great way to get to know your neighbours while appreciating the beautiful countryside we have around us, and newcomers will be made very welcome by the walking ‘regulars’.

2017 village walk

Village Walk 2017

As before there will be a choice of a longer walk (about 5 miles or so) and an easier short walk (around 2 miles on flatter ground). Continue reading

Footpaths Project: February News Update

There is a lot of new activity on the paths around the village.

Monmouthshire CC will be replacing some of the waymarking signs that were damaged in the snow and clearing some fallen trees on public rights of way.

Natural Resources Wales have been installing new signs and interpretation boards at Manor Wood and Beacon Hill and will be putting in new waymarking for the two walks in each of these locations.  These walks have fallen into disrepair over recent years, so we are delighted to see them being brought back into use.  Modest revisions have been made to the original routes to take in features of interest and avoid a few stretches of more difficult terrain.

The final piece of current work is the replacement of the steps down to the Manor Brook Footbridge (pictures below).  Continue reading

Footpaths Project: News Update

We hope that as many people as possible were able to enjoy walking in the woodlands around the village during the wonderful snowy weather.  Unfortunately, the snow has brought down a lot of trees and branches across our footpaths, so in order to get them cleared we are building a list of where work is needed.  If you come across across a route that is blocked, please send an email to brian_mahony@outlook.com with a note of the location (OS grid reference if possible) and a brief description of the blockage and we will notify the right people.

We have had an update from Natural Resources Wales with the good news that they expect to have the Beacon Hill Car Park re-opened in time for the New Year.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who have helped with the Footpath Project in 2017.  We look forward to continuing with more improvements to our local paths in 2018.

Winter footpaths