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The Three Castles Walk 3-day Self-guided Walking Vacation

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Wales  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 235 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 235 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Discover the rich medieval heritage of the Welsh borders on this short walking tour through the Monmouthshire countryside. Abergavenny and its hinterland have a reputation for excellent food and great hospitality. The tour is gently paced, giving the walker plenty of time to experience the rolling landscape and fully explore “Trilateral Castles” which are encountered along the way.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Skenfrith.

Day 2: Skenfrith to White Castle - 7 miles (11 km)

Your first night is spent in Abergavenny, with a morning transfer to the start of the walk in Skenfrith. The town quickly turns to countryside as you travel the lanes to arrive at the small village of Skenfrith. This is the site of the first of the royal castles, now a quiet ruin and surrounded by a perfect carpet of turf.

A stroll around the unusual, stocky church at the centre of this small village is also recommended before you begin the walk proper, heading eastwards to Llanvetherine and the second fortress of the day – White Castle. Originally lime- plastered, hence the name, White Castle is perhaps the most impressive of the Trilateral Castles, with an impressive motte and huge curtain walls. A very photogenic location with some great picnic spots too!

Day 3: White Castle to Grosmont - 6 ½ miles (10 km)

Leaving the huge stone towers of White Castle behind, the route heads northwards to Grosmont. The route takes your over Graig Syfyrddin, an impressive wooded hill also know as Edmund's Tump. Pause for lovely views of the Monnow Valley and then continue to Grosmont. The fortress here, built in the 11th century, is well-preserved. The nearby church, which was built in the same style as parts of the original castle, contains some beautiful stone carvings and is also worth a visit. This tranquil village, with its lovely eateries, well-kept rose gardens and calm atmosphere is hard to leave and it's where you spend your third night.

Day 4: Grosmont to Skenfrith - 5 ½ miles (9 km)

The final day brings you down through the fields to Skenfrith again, with lovely views and the River Monnow to accompany you for the final couple of miles. Take a second look at the castle, or enjoy a spot of lunch at the Michelin Pub of the Year – the Bell at Skenfrith. You can even tour the organic kitchen garden when you've finished your meal. The tour ends with your transfer back to Abergavenny for the journey home.

Tour summary:
- Duration: 3 days hiking
- Distance: 18 miles (29 km)
- Grading: Easy.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The price is 235 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.

Price Includes:
- 3 nights accommodation in quality B&B, Inns and small hotels;
- Daily luggage transfer, so your baggage is waiting for you on arrival;
- Detailed, customized maps, with your daily walk highlighted;
- Written route notes giving directions and background information;
- Transfers to/from the nearest rail or bus station at the start and end of the tour.

Meals: Cooked breakfast included. Packed lunches and evening meals can be arranged at additional cost.

Options: Add an extra night at any stage of the tour, prices from 40 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person per night.

About This Supplier
Location: Wales
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2007

M16809 is a Partnership, founded and co-owned by Anna Heywood and Luke Skinner. We provide guided and self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Wales. We hold MA degrees from the University of Cambridge and have considerable experience of the travel industry. We have also completed an independent cycling expedition...

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