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Monmouth, the Kymin and the Wye Valley

A beautiful, sunny, Autumn day greeted us in the historic town of Monmouth and stayed with us throughout this amazing walk.

A long walk uphill to the Kymin was rewarded with a magnificent view over much of Monmouthshire, the Brecon Beacons, Sugar Loaf, and Skirrid in the distance.  We then continued on through the ancient and beautiful Forest of Dean, once the prized hunting grounds of Kings.  The trees were just coming into Autumn colour, described by one fellow walker as “looking just like New England in the Fall” - the forest truly rewarded us.

Following lunch on the escarpment of Near Hearkening Rock, overlooking the forest, we headed into England then back into Wales and down a steep decline to the river - a little precarious, but we avoided any injuries!

At the River Wye, we crossed the Biblins Suspension Footbridge, back into England again.  The bridge was stronger than ever, after having almost been washed away in 2020 and repaired, but still had it’s famous ‘wobble’ as we crossed.

A lovely stroll along the riverside led us back to Monmouth and lively conversation at a locally-owned coffee shop in town before we all said our goodbyes.

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