Three Castles Walk

Three Castles Walk Map

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For four centuries following the conquest of 1066, the Normans sought to subdue the rebellious Welsh, building castles as they pushed further west into Wales. In the borderlands of Monmouthshire they built a triangle of castles to control the routes between England and Wales on this strategically important stretch of border country. The Three Castles Walk is a short circular trail linking the ‘Trilateral' of Skenfrith, Grosmont and White Castles. The scenery of this secluded corner of the Welsh borders is superb - a lovely patchwork of low hills, hidden valleys, fields criss-crossed with hedgerows and small belts of woodland.

The Three Castles Walk begins at Grosmont. Picturesquely sited on a hillside above the River Monnow, Grosmont is a charming village with an ancient castle, noble church, miniscule town hall and a welcoming inn. The trail then meanders downstream within the beautiful Monnow valley to Skenfrith Castle, which stands in a loop of the river in the centre of the village. As well as a fine castle, the village also contains a fascinating church – its fortress-like appearance reflecting its use as a refuge for the villagers during times of trouble.

Taking our pre-arranged transfers, you will be transported back to your accommodation in Grosmont, returning the following morning to continue your walk to White Castle. Named for its coating of white rendering, this awesome castle stands on a low hill protected by high curtain walls, six drum towers and a deep water-filled moat. The views from the battlements over the surrounding countryside to the Black Mountains and The Skirrid or Holy Mountain are superb. After White Castle the trail follows an ancient track used by the monks of Abbey Dore over the fine viewpoint of Graig Syfyrddin and returns to Grosmont, where you are based throughout your walk.

The Three Castles Walk is a single centre holiday based in the wonderful village of Grosmont. Where your walking day does not end in Grosmont, we will provide transfers to collect you from the trail at the end of your walking day and return you to the trail in the morning, leaving you to enjoy the fine accommodation in the beautiful surroundings of Grosmont.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring the wonderful history of the three border castles of Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castle.
  • Completing the challenging walk over Graig Syfyrddin, with views of The Sugarloaf and the Black Mountains.
  • Absorbing the tranquil surroundings of Monmouthshire and the Monnow Valley.

Three Castles Walk

Total Distance 20 miles (32 km)
Start and Finish Circular trail beginning at Grosmont (Wales)
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Three Castles Grosmont Castle
Three Castles Skenfrith Castle
Three Castles White Castle
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
3CW1 3 nights, 2 days walking £275 per person More Information Book Online
3CW2 4 nights, 3 days walking £365 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at the overnight stop:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
3CW1-D 3 nights, 2 days walking £305 per person More Information Book Online
3CW2-D 4 nights, 3 days walking £405 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at the overnight stop:
Extra night (Standard)
£55 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.