Walk up the Stony Way, the path made by the monks to reach some of their farms on the ridge west of the Wye. Forest tracks through the Veddow Wood and Chepstow Park lead you to the road above Kilgwrrwg with spectacular views over the Vale of Usk. Newchurch has a medieval church and a Stone Age burial mound.
The old trackways through Wentwood were a magnificent walk but they have suffered badly from motorcycle scramblers. In wet weather they become impassable and you will have to take the alternative route through Usk. In dry weather, follow the bridle ways up into Wentwood and along the Kemeys ridge (more superb views) to join the Usk Valley Walk. This runs along the old Roman road to Caerleon, the Fortress of the Legions, one of Britainís best-preserved Roman sites. Tennyson wrote his famous poem ĎThe Lady of Shallotí here, and the area is full of Arthurian legends.
Walk past the university campus and up Lodge Hill, an Iron Age fort which was re-occupied after the Romans left. Is this Arthurís Camelot? From the summit, a path goes north-west across the fields to the drive of Llantarnam Abbey.People and Places