A stroll with my sketch book – 1854

Imagine the year is 1854. Two years ago, Prince Albert has purchased Balmoral Castle for his wife, Queen Victoria. Charles Dickens has just started writing ‘Hard Times’ and in October, Abraham Lincoln is due to re-enter politics with a speech at the Illinois State Fair. Three weeks later, the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade shows the way that the war in the Crimea is going, causing Florence Nightingale to set off to write her own page in history and here, in the vale of the Usk, something is afoot beyond Goytre Fawr Woods.

Imagine the year is 1854. Two years ago, Prince Albert has purchased Balmoral Castle for his wife, Queen Victoria. Charles Dickens has just started writing ‘Hard Times’ and in October, Abraham Lincoln is due to re-enter politics with a speech at the Illinois State Fair. Three weeks later, the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade shows the way that the war in the Crimea is going, causing Florence Nightingale to set off to write her own page in history and here, in the vale of the Usk, something is afoot beyond Goytre Fawr Woods.
Today, it’s a balmy, tranquil summer’s day on the road to Abergavenny. The air is humid and warm but damp with a light breeze blowing across the fields, heavy with summer crops and clouds of plump, idle, summer sheep. Turn off the A4042 at Penperllenni. It is a good place to start our short one and three quarter mile walk and there is a handy public car park and pub here, as well, (Lat./Long. 51.7489, 2.9821). Opposite is ‘The Goytre Arms’. Before setting off on the walk, drop in there for a coffee or a brew to set you up for the stroll ahead. You will be made most welcome.  Once you’re refreshed, return to the car park. Now face east and go left on the road that passes in front of the Spar village shop. You can see it in front of you. Follow this until you turn left into ‘Fairfield’. Continue along ‘Fairfield’ into ‘Highfield’ (it’s the same street). This curves around to your right. At the ‘T’ junction, turn left. Pass ‘Longhouse Barn’ and ‘Chapel Mead’ on your right. After ‘Capel Eol’ church, turn right onto the footpath between the church and the scout hut. Pass through the kissing gate. You are now heading for ‘Goytre Fawr Wood’.