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Usk Valley Walk 5-day Self-Guided Walking Vacation

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 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: 365 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 365 Pound Sterling (GBP)

A five day riverside walk through the Vale of Usk, from the Roman fort at Caerleon to the market town of Brecon in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Caerleon

Day 2: Caerleon to Usk - 10miles (16 km)

Begin at the old Roman town of Caerleon, originally called Isca after the River Usk, and explore the Roman fortress baths, Legionary Museum and amphitheatre. The first day is a gentle climb through woodland followed by a river-level walk to Usk town.

Day 3: Usk to The Bryn - 10 miles (16 km)

Leaving the peaceful little town of Usk, known in Welsh as Brynbuga, the walk continues along the riverbank. You will pass some of the most beautiful stretches of the river today, with plenty of opportunity to see kingfishers and other wildlife at close quarters. The Abergavenny area has a growing reputation for excellent food, and enjoys a stunning location on the edge of the Black Mountains too.

Day 4: The Bryn to Crickhowell - 11 miles (18 km)

Enjoy views of the Brecon Beacons without any major climbs today as the trail continues past Govilon along the Monmouth and Brecon canal, passing lime kilns and other industrial archaeology. The restored canal is popular with narrow boats, whose bright colours and cheerful flowerpots enhance the natural environment, while the towpath makes for easy walking.

Day 5: Crickhowell to Talybont-on-Usk - 9 miles (14 km)

After breakfast it's worth exploring Crickhowell Castle, before the journey continues westwards through the wide and fertile Usk Valley, first veering away and then rejoining the canal by the village of Llangynidr. A series of five locks are passed as the route ascends to the high point of the walk at 300m above sea level. Then it’s down to Talybont-on-Usk with its sparkling reservoir and marvellous situation in the shadow of the Central Beacons.

Day 6: Talybont-on-Usk to Brecon - 8 miles (13 km)

The final day takes us through the landscape beloved by Henry Vaughan, the 18th Century poet who lived near Talybont, and on to the thriving market town of Brecon. Here fine Georgian townhouse and the buildings of Christ College, a school established by Henry VIII, provide the perfect backdrop for an annual Jazz Festival and numerous other cultural and artistic events.

Tour summary
-Duration: 5 days hiking
-Distance: 48 miles (77 km)
-Grading: Moderate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The price is 365 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.

Tour price includes:
- 5 nights accommodation in quality B&B, Inns and small hotels;
- Daily luggage transfer, so your baggage is waiting for you on arrival;
- Detailed, customised 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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