Wordsworth Walk

Through riverside meadows and along village tracks, climbing in the footsteps of William Wordsworth to the Bread and Cheese viewpoint and Cleddon Shoots waterfall.

Technical sheet
No. 3538825
A Trellech United walk posted on 07/07/20 by Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Update : 23/06/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h30[?]
Distance Distance : 3.3km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 202m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 199m
Highest point Highest point : 212m
Lowest point Lowest point : 11m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Trellech United
Starting point Starting point : N 51.734781° / W 2.685519°
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Description

Start : Brown’s Village Stores, Llandogo OS Grid Reference: SO526040

(D/A) Cross the road and bear right, passing the old village school which opened in 1872. Turn left passing the church on the left. After visiting the church (A) turn left and just after The Sloop take the path on the left beside the stream and go through two gates. This is a level, barrier free route to the river side.

Bear right following the grassy footpath, with the river on your left. Cross the foot bridge keeping on the path and go through a gate on the right. After a very short distance go through the footpath gate on the right, which leads up between the houses, passing the former Ship Inn, now a cottage, on your left.

(1) Keep on the path between the houses until you meet the main road. Turn right along the road and walk for about 20 m until reaching Rosebank on your right. Cross the road and walk up the steps straight in front of you. Keep climbing on this path following the fingerpost signs for 'Cleddon', crossing a cul de sac, and up more steps until reaching the Trellech road. Continue up the steep steps until reaching a tarmac lane.

(2) Turn right, walking past Rose Cottage on your left. (To avoid the steepest section you can follow the short cut from this point back down into the village.) To continue uphill immediately after the next house ‘Misty Cottage’ turn left at a fingerpost signed for ‘Top of Cleddon Falls’. This is the steepest stretch which will get your heart racing but is worth it for the view. Keep on this path until reaching two large boulders – the Bread and Cheese stones. After the stones, continue uphill and turn right along the path. Turn right at the next fingerpost down a bridleway. Follow this track as far as Cleddon Falls. Cross the Falls and turn right immediately before the car parking area, going down the steps beside the waterfall.

(3) Continue on this path, and soon turn right when it rejoins the main track. The path now crosses sections of boardwalk and zig-zags down hill. Keep going down, passing a lookout point over Llandogo (keep right here on main track). Very soon the path arrives at a junction of paths on the edge of the ravine. Turn left here down a steep section of steps.

(4) Follow the path round as it bears right to cross the wooden footbridge. Keep on the path across a second footbridge, passing a bench on the left. Continue straight on downhill with the stream on your right until reaching the road. Take the second road on the left and head downhill to meet the main road in Llandogo. Turn left to enjoy a well-earned ice cream from Brown’s store, or turn right to quench your thirst with a drink at The Sloop Inn. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 20m - Brown’s Village Stores
1 : km 0.6 - alt. 18m - Houses
2 : km 0.96 - alt. 106m - Rose Cottage
3 : km 1.5 - alt. 210m - Cleddon Falls
4 : km 2.67 - alt. 103m - Footbridge
D/A : km 3.3 - alt. 20m - Brown’s Village Stores

Useful Information

Start : Brown’s Village Stores, Llandogo OS Grid Reference: SO526040

More information at The Wye Valley AONB here.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

(A) This church takes its name from Oudoceus the 6th century Bishop of Llandaff who lived here. The church was rebuilt in 1860, although the registers date back to 1694. The bell of the last Llandogo trow, the William & Sarah, hangs in the church.

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