Strike 2. Yesterday (https://cistercianway.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/llanthony-to-cwm-iou-1/) ended at the bridge at SO 29087 24788 with instructions not to go over the bridge and follow the waymarked route to Cwm-iou but to take the footpath up to Daren. The path started well but got very very muddy. Also it goes through several farmyards – which I always find a bit uncomfortable – and the first farmyard was literally knee deep in mud and completely impassable on foot. The only option was to go back down the lane and go for the lower, waymarked path.
Actually, it isn’t too bad. Cross the bridge at SO 29087 24788, and bear left to the road. Turn left. In about ½ km. at SO 28942 24273 take the waymarked lane over the bridge to your left.
After the cottage, go over the stile to your left,
cross the lane (2 more stiles),
turn right and follow the hedge to your right.
Good views up to the ‘yoke’ which gives its name to Cwm-iou, the result of a post-glacial land slip.
The path is well stiled and waymarked straight along the east bank of the Hoddni to the Cwm-iou road.
Turn left on the road and walk up to the church. (I did try the footpath waymarked to the left but it takes you a long way up to the lane above the church only to come back down again.
The church was as lovely as ever – sad monument to little Joan Williams,
these in the chancel,
this in the south window.
Leave the church by the west gate, turn right on the steep road downhill, then on the next bend at SO 29988 23291 take the waymarked path to the left.
Follow on the same line over the stiles, across the next two fields,
along the hedge,
across a minor road and over a stream.
Bear up to the right across the next field to the lane above Perthi-crwn.
The right of way goes in front of the house and along a lane.
Continue on the same line through the fields, with the hedge to your right.
After you cross a small stream at SO 31468 22758, ignore the turning to the right but go over the stile at the far right corner of the field.
Bear left across the next field,
cross the stream at SO 31728 22698
and bear up to the right towards a stile at the top of the next field, SO 31778 22588.
Keep bearing to the right and cross another stile at SO 31817 22530.
Turn left on a muddy lane then right when you meet a metalled road at SO 31864 22543.
You are now on the Beacons Way. At SO 32074 22362 the Offa’s Dyke Path joins from the left. I’m still puzzled by the stonework in the little garage ahead of you, at Trawellwyd.
It must have been recycled – but from where?
Keep straight on and follow the OD waymarks, which will take to across the railway and main road to Llangattock Lingoed. You could follow the OD to Monmouth but I’m working on a slight diversion past Abbey Dore’s grange at Llanfair Cilgoed.
Possibly tomorrow, DV and Derek the Weather permitting?