Apr 272017
 

GWT Reserve at Springdale Farm, April 2017

This year we are working with Gwent Wildlife Trust to give people the opportunity to walk around some of the county’s most beautiful meadows and to get a feel for how the Monmouthshire landscape would have looked before intensive farming methods were adopted.

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Four meadows are open on Sunday 18th June where there will be hosts to point out the paths and help identify species.

  • Llanllowell Meadows
  • Springdale Farm
  • Kingcoed Meadows
  • Trellech Wet Meadow

New Grove Meadows, another Gwent Wildlife Trust reserve and Monmouthshire’s Coronation Meadow, is close to Trellech Wet Meadow and if you have time we recommend adding this to your itinerary also.

The meadows are open from 10am to 4.30pm

Access is free, but we welcome donations. Refreshments will be available at Trellech Wet Meadow.

More details are below the map, and you can download our leaflet with directions for the day.  As many of the routes are down narrow country lanes we recommend you study this Google map to plan your trip before you go. Click the icon top left to view options to display routes on the map.  Click the icon top right to view the map full screen.


The Meadows

Llanllowell Meadows

Llanllowell House is the home of Meadows Group member Hamish Sandison.  He has two lovely hay meadows, an orchard where he is letting a meadow grow this spring, and woodland alongside a stream called Llewellyn’s Dingle.  The house is on Llanllowell Lane (post code NP15 1LL, grid reference ST 404 992), on the left travelling west to east towards Springdale Farm.  There is parking in one of the fields.  A footpath runs from Llanllowell meadows to the next open meadow at Springdale Farm.

Springdale Farm

Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Springdale Farm reserve is at the east end of Llanllowell Lane at grid reference ST 410 991.  The farm was acquired by GWT for its grassland, particularly a superb set of hay meadows. There is also woodland, with one of Wales’ best displays of woodland flowers, and spectacular views of the Usk Valley, Brecon Beacons and Wentwood Forest.  There is a small car park for about 5 cars in front of the barn at the reserve entrance, from where there is a waymarked trail which takes about 1 hour with some short steep climbs.

Kingcoed Meadows

About seven miles from Springdale Farm, (20 minutes along the country roads) is Monmouthshire Meadows’ own reserve at Kingcoed Meadows, grid reference ST 428 057, post code NP15 1DS.  If you missed seeing these beautiful meadows last year, when the fields were purchased after a successful fundraising campaign, now is your chance.  If you did see them, you may well want to see them again. You will find more about Kingcoed Meadows elsewhere on this site.

Trellech Wet Meadow

Finally, a little further away, you can visit our new venture at Wet Meadow in the centre of Trellech.  There are five fields, from Roman Way behind the surgery running adjacent to the B4293 north of Trellech.  We have permission to park in the car park at the surgery in Roman Park View, post code NP25 4RB, grid reference SO499058.  Alternatively there are walking routes from New Grove Meadows, where you can park at grid reference SO501066 (just north of Trellech, a track signed Wet Meadow and Car Parking).

Refreshments will be served at Wet Meadow near the surgery entrance.

New Grove Meadows

This Gwent Wildlife Trust reserve  just north of Wet Meadow is Monmouthshire’s Coronation Meadow and one of the most stunning wildflower meadows in the county.  Although not officially one of our Open Meadows this year, it is open to the public and it is well worth adding a visit to your itinerary if you have time.

 

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