Route: Longtown

Area: Herefordshire

Date of walk: 25th July 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.2 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy, some showers and sunny spells

After this morning’s short walk from Kilpeck we still had plenty of time to explore the Welsh Borders, an area which is new to us, and so we drove to the old village of Longtown in the upper Monnow Valley. We parked in the Parish Hall car park and made a short uphill diversion to visit Longtown Castle. The castle was built for the influential de Lacy family in the 12th century and has the oldest circular keep still standing in the area. The keep is presently undergoing repair and cannot be visited but it was a worthwhile detour all the same. From here we retraced our steps back into Longtown and at a junction turned right

A succession of path and stiles through fields eventually brought us to the far point of the walk, Clodock. The ancient church is dedicated to St Clydawg, King of Ewias, who was martyred about 500AD. The present building stands on the site of his tomb, beside the River Monnow. We visited the interior of the church, noted for its three-decker pulpit, said to be one of the best examples in the country, dating from the mid 17th century

We left the church grounds via an old slab-stile beside the River Monnow and followed a path beside the river for a short distance. This brought us to the quiet lane leading back into Longtown which we followed back to the start of the walk. 

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