Who could not like a route which follows one of the prettiest of river valleys through a cleft in the mountains to such a town as Brecon?
The Usk Valley Walk is a charming walk along a charming river, and whuile I have complained of routes that depend too much on canal towpaths, as this one does to an incontinent degree in my opinion, it is still a pleasant fifty mile stroll; a gentle way to reach into the heart of the Brecon Beacons.
The route begins in what might be Monmouthshire’s oldest town, Caerwent, which signs will not cease to remind you was the Roman Uenta Silurum, north of Newport, and wanders up the meandering river, seeing where it slices through the mountains until it reaches Brecon, a town as well known to hillwalkers and to soldiers.
Maps and books
- Explorer (1: 25 000):
- Landranger (1:50 000):
- Walks in Monmouthshire and the Vale of Usk by Alastair Ross
- Pathfinder Walks Guide Books: