Distance: 5.1 km | Time: 1.5 hours
This circular route takes you from St Cadwaladr’s to St Mary’s church at Llanwern, over Llanwern Hill for some spectacular views, and back to Bishton.
St Cadwaladr’s, Bishton
The church at Bishton largely dates from the 14th - 15th Centuries, although there has been a church on this site for at least 1000 years. It is named for the Welsh King Cadwaladr (reigned 655 - 682 AD), who was a supporter of the early Christian church.
Great Western Railway
The railway line was designed and built by the celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel during the 1850s and was known as the South Wales Railway. In 1863 it became part of the Great Western Railway, linking London Paddington to Neyland in Pembrokeshire. It was originally constructed as a broad-gauge railway but was converted to standard gauge after 1873.
View from Llanwern Hill
From the top of Llanwern Hill there are great views south across the Gwent Levels towards the Severn Estuary. To the east you can see the wooded top of Wilcrick Hill, site of an Iron Age hillfort, and, on a clear day, the twin towers of the Severn Road Bridge near Chepstow.
During the Summer months, look out for common meadow butterflies along hedgerows, such as Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Common Blues. On Llanwern Hill look out for Marbled Whites, an attractive black and white butterfly, on the wing from June to September. It feeds on thistles and knapweeds. At all times of year, look out for Buzzards circling overhead.
Always follow the Countryside Code.
- Park sensibly – don’t block gates or drives.
- Leave gates as you find them.
- Leave farm animals and machinery alone.
- If you think an animal’s in distress, alert the farmer.
- Keep to the public right of way.
- Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.
- Keep your dog under effective control and pick up after your pet – dog mess can harm livestock.
- It is good practice to keep your dog on a lead around livestock; however, if cattle or horses try to chase your dog, it’s safer for both of you to let your dog off the lead to run away.
- Plan ahead, dress for the weather, and wear appropriate clothing.
- You may want to bring snacks and water on your walk.
- Be aware you may not have a mobile signal in places during your walk.