This is a circular walk
The walk starts in Wentwood Forest which forms part of the largest block of ancient woodland in Wales. We proceed east towards Earlswood Common, skirting Gove Wood before eventually turning south at Hale Wood and passing the mansion Park Maes Ffynnon (‘Springfield Park’). The grandiose Monmouthshire manor is only 12 years old, built on the grounds of a former farmhouse in 2007.
Our lunch stop is the popular Carpenters Arms at Mynyddd-bach. The pub boasts a notable chamber pot collection and a ghostly tale to tell. Beer and cider are available. Mynydd-bach means ‘little mountain’, so after lunch there is a short climb, then across fields and a little more woodland to ascend Gray Hill before dropping down to the start.
Note that the meeting point will be the Water Tower for an 8:30 a.m. departure.