Trellech - The Narth - Whitebrook - Trellech

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Trellech is a small village with a lot of history. It dates back to pre-history, and was reputed to be one of the largest settlements in Wales. There is a lot to see within the village, and the walk begins with a short detour to see one of the main attractions - three standing stones just outside the village., which date back 3,500 years to the Bronze Age. Trelllech’s name comes from the stones - it translates literally as ‘three stones’. Along the way, the Virtuous well can also be seen, which is alleged to be rich in iron, and thought to possess curative properties. If that’s not enough, the village has a 40 foot high mound, that will be seen at the end of the walk. This is all that remains of a motte and bailey castle, that dates back to Norman times.

From Trellech, the walk heads across fields at first, then through woodland to the Whitebrook Valley, and the historical interest on this walk continues here. This was an important water-powered industrial base in between the 17th and 19th centuries. A branch of the Tintern wireworks was established here in 1606. This was the main industry in the valley until 1720. By about 1760, paper mills had taken over - the remains of a papr mill can be seen as the walk heads up the valley. Pollution from the mills turned the brook white, giving the village its name. There is no evidence of pollution today - the walk follows the fast flowing river up the valley, which has several small waterfalls along the way.

Wales - South Wales - Monmouthshire - Wye Valley


Ancient Monument, Church, Industrial Archaeology, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland

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