Tread and Trot in the Monmouthshire countryside

Enjoy spectacular views towards the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, keep your eyes peeled for lots of wonderful wildlife, and discover hidden heritage on the 5.5 mile Tread and Trot Trail.

  • Treowen House in Dingestow, Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk
    Treowen House, Dingestow in the Wye Valley by Nick Kaye

    Dating back to 1627 the magnificent Treowen House is a must see on this trail and may be the tallest house in Monmouthshire. It’s definitely a landmark in the landscape. See if you can spot it at different points along the trail. Look out for mistletoe, topiary balls and a tree that’s probably as old as the house. Grab your camera to capture the views of the Blorenge, Sugar Loaf, Skirrid and Hay Bluff mountains then head off towards Treowen Wood.

  • Abergavenny Castle in the Wye Valley
    Abergavenny Castle, Wye Valley by fillbee

    Like visiting castles? Stop off at the ruins of Dingestow Castle, one of over 400 castles in Wales. Its Norman motte and bailey, was the scene of a fierce battle between the Welsh Lord Hywel ap Iorweth and Ranulf Poer Sheriff of Herefordshire in retaliation for the killing of Seisyllt ap Dyfnwal in Abergavenny Castle. Look out for the black and white road sign opposite the camp site. It still directs traffic to the Station which closed in 1955!

  • A farmhouse in the Wye Valley on the Tread and Trot trail
    Tread and Trot trail, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk by Monmouthshire County Council

    A great start point if you are using your horse to trot the trail is Whitehill Farm, where grazing and parking is available. Don’t have your own horse? Hire a horse and adventure further off the beaten track. The area is perfect for exploring the surrounding valleys and rolling farmlands.  A short drive takes you to Wernglochlyn Farm, Grange Trekking Centre and Redbrook Equestrian – all set in the beautiful countryside.

  • Herd of deer roaming on farmland at Hendre Ifan Goch farm, Bridgend
    A herd of deer

    This peaceful trail is teeming with wildlife. Watch out for dippers, otter and mink dipping in and out of the River Trothy and keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Fallow Deer in Kings Wood. Listen out too, for the woodpeckers in Mill Wood. The trail also offers a glimpse at the neo-Norman splendor of Hendre – a grand old house (now a Golf club) where Lord and Lady Llangattock once resided. 

  • The Monnow Bridge in Monmouth crossing the Monnow River
    Monnow Bridge in Monmouth, Wye Valley

    Offa’s Dyke; a must do for a large number of visitors to Wales. Iconic, stunningly beautiful and 177 miles in total, it takes its name from the Anglo Saxon King Offa ruler of Mercia from 757 to 796. Its purpose was to act as a barrier and highpoint between Mercia and the Welsh Kingdoms. Those highpoints are what makes Offa’s Dyke so special. Join it at Lower Hendre Farm to experience it for yourself.  Catch a glimpse of the pretty Monnow Bridge, while on the trail.   

  • Food stalls inside Abergavenny Market Hall
    Abergavenny Market Hall, Vale of Usk by Ianto73

    The Wye is a relative feast for gastronomic hot spots, with so many foodie places to enjoy, but where better to rest your aching bones than a cozy country pub?  Feast at some of the area’s most popular grazing spots – The Skirrid Inn and Plas DerwenThe Boat in Penallt is also a little great spot, welcoming walkers, cyclers, horse riders and dogs.  Alternatively, pop in to Abergavenny Market to feast on sumptuous local produce. 

Find out about appropriate clothing and footwear as well as more info on protecting and enjoying the countryside in the Countryside Code.