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Strolls 'n' Stories offers private day walks for groups of two or more. The following day walks are available. Full descriptions are listed below.

Celebrating a special event such as a birthday during your private walk? Bubbly and cake can be arranged. Just let us know.

  • CAPEL Y FIN – In the Llanthony valley, and Brecon Beacons National Park

  • SYMONDS YAT – on the River Wye

  • PATRICIO ( patrishaw) Church– in the Brecon Beacons National Park

  • LlANTHONY PRIORY – in the Brecon Beacons National Park

  • SKIRRID INN and the HOLY MOUNTAIN –on the edge of the black mountains, near Abergavenny the gateway to the Brecon Beacons

  • TRELLECH AND THE WYE VALLEY – once the largest town in Wales


CAPEL Y FIN – In the Llanthony valley, and Brecon Beacons National Park

Walk: a short section of Offas Dyke footpath

Length: 2.5 - 3 miles (4 - 4.8 km)

See:

  • Father Ignatius monastery ruins, the fields where the Virgin Mary was seen 3 times and the statue in her honour. 
  • The small chapel at capel y fin and its amazing ancient yew trees. 
  • The home of Eric Gill artist where he developed a commune.  
  • The most stunning views of the black mountains. 

Hear:

  • The story of the boys who knew father Ignatius and were the first to see the Vision of Mary. 
  • The story of David Jones – artist and war poet who lived at the Commune. 
  • Eric Gills story of genius and child abuse.  

SYMONDS YAT – on the River Wye

Walk: up to Symmonds Yat Rock

Length: Two length options are available

  • Option 1: 2 miles (3.2 km)
  • Option 2: 4 miles (6.4 km)

Cross the river on the Ancient hand ferry. Optional river boat trip.

See:

  • Where poet William Wordsworth walked. 
  • Beautiful views over three counties.
  • The peregrines who breed in the cliffs here.
  • The Olde ferry Inn with its history.

Hear:

  • The poet Wordsworths' story... his affair, illegitimate child and desertion of his lover in France. 
  • What went on in the Olde ferry Inn and the persecution of homosexuals in Britain.
  • Sabrina, goddess of the River Seven.

PATRICIO ( patrishaw) Church– in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Walk: only a little of the Gader range of hills

Length: Two length options are available

  • Option 1: 2 miles (3.2 km)
  • Option 2: 3 miles (4.8 km) 

See:

  • The little church of St Issui, in its beautiful setting.
  • Its exquisite rood screen that survived the reformation.
  • Its medieval wall paintings.
  • The Holy well of St. Issui still subject to well dressing today. 

 Hear:

  • How St. Issui was murdered.
  • The story of the grim reaper medieval painting.
  • The most recent recorded healing at the well.

LlANTHONY PRIORY – in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Walk: A section of Offa Dykes path

Length: Two length options are available

  • Option 1: 2.5 miles (4 km)
  • Option 2: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)

See:

  • The black mountains with stunning views.
  • The majestic remains of the Priory.
  • The little church of St. David.
  • The quirky Llanthony priory Bar and hotel.
  • The site of the home of Victorian Poet Walter Landor. 

Hear: 

  • How Walter de Lacey founded the original priory. 
  • Why the monks had to leave. 
  • How Walter Landor created havoc in the valley!

SKIRRID INN and the HOLY MOUNTAIN –on the edge of the black mountains, near Abergavenny the gateway to the Brecon Beacons

Walk: Up the Skirrid Fawr, a place of myths and legends, isolated from the main mountain range and 486m high. 

Length: Two length options are available

  • Option 1: 4 miles (6.4 km)
  • Option 2: 7 miles (11.2 km)

See:

  • The site of St. Michaels chapel on the summit... a place for catholic worship after the reformation.
  • The landslide on its northern tip.
  • Views of Herefordshire and the Mendips, the Black mountains and the Brecon beacons, the Usk Valley and Somerset, and Gloucestershire and the Forest of dean... 360 degree views.
  • The oldest Inn in Wales with its gruesome past and history. See where criminals were hung. 

Hear:

  • The story of David Lewis catholic martyr persecuted by local Squire John Arnold. 
  • The antics of the ghosts at the Skirrid Inn and the Judge who sentenced people to death there.
  • The myths and legends around the cause of the landslide.

TRELLECH AND THE WYE VALLEY – once the largest town in Wales

Walk: From Cleddon Falls to Trellech (5 miles) OR stroll around Trellech itself (2 miles)

Length: Two length options are available

  • Option 1: 2 miles (3.2 km)
  • Option 2: 5 miles (8 km)

See:

  • The Standing Stones.
  • The Virtuous healing well.
  • The Tump - site of the old castle.
  • The archeological dig uncovering the town's history.
  • Cleddon's Falls sometimes dry now alas!
  • The childhood home of philosopher Bertram Russell (only on the 5 mile walk).

Hear:

  • How old Nell survived the plague.
  • The legends about why the standing stones are there.
  • The guardian of the well who wants to resign!
  • The story of Bertram Russell's mother, who deserves more fame (only on the 5 mile walk).