Usk - Usk Castle - Island Usk

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Usk is a picturesque former market town set amongst the wooded Monmouthshire hills and is famous for its floral displays. It is popular with visitors and offers a great selection of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

This gentle stroll starts at the Victorian clock in Twyn Square and takes in the town and its immediate surroundings. It is readily combined with a visit to Usk Castle, a small motte and bailey that overlooks the town from the site of an old Roman fort. This secluded Norman castle dates back to the 12th Century and was probably built by the de Clare family. In 2005, a son et lumiere was staged to tell the story of Usk and its castle from the arrival of the Romans through to the accession of Henry Tudor to the English throne.

After crossing the river, the path leads through Island Usk and along the riverbank. Swans and other waterfowl are often seen and you may even spot a goosander (a diving duck) on the River Usk.

Wales - South Wales - Monmouthshire - River Walk

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Birds, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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