Through riverside meadows and along village tracks, climbing in the footsteps of William Wordsworth to the Bread and Cheese viewpoint and Cleddon Shoots waterfall.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Cross the road and bear right, passing the old village school which opened in 1872. Turn left passing the church on the left. After visiting the church turn left and just after The Sloop take the path on the left beside the stream and go through two gates. This is a level, barrier free route to the river side.
This church takes its name from Oudoceus the 6th century Bishop of Llandaff who lived here. The church was rebuilt in 1860, although the registers date back to 1694. The bell of the last Llandogo trow, the William & Sarah, hangs in the church.
Bear right following the grassy footpath, with the river on your left. Cross the foot bridge keeping on the path and go through a gate on the right. After a very short distance go through the footpath gate on the right, which leads up between the houses, passing the former Ship Inn, now a cottage, on your left.
(1) Keep on the path between the houses until you meet the main road. Turn right along the road and walk for about 20 m until reaching Rosebank on your right. Cross the road and walk up the steps straight in front of you. Keep climbing on this path following the fingerpost signs for 'Cleddon', crossing a cul de sac, and up more steps until reaching the Trellech road. Continue up the steep steps until reaching a tarmac lane.
(2) Turn right, walking past Rose Cottage on your left. (To avoid the steepest section you can follow the short cut from this point back down into the village.) To continue uphill immediately after the next house ‘Misty Cottage’ turn left at a fingerpost signed for ‘Top of Cleddon Falls’. This is the steepest stretch which will get your heart racing but is worth it for the view. Keep on this path until reaching two large boulders – the Bread and Cheese stones. After the stones, continue uphill and turn right along the path. Turn right at the next fingerpost down a bridleway. Follow this track as far as Cleddon Falls. Cross the Falls and turn right immediately before the car parking area, going down the steps beside the waterfall.
(3) Continue on this path, and soon turn right when it rejoins the main track. The path now crosses sections of boardwalk and zig-zags down hill. Keep going down, passing a lookout point over Llandogo (keep right here on main track). Very soon the path arrives at a junction of paths on the edge of the ravine. Turn left here down a steep section of steps.
(4) Follow the path round as it bears right to cross the wooden footbridge. Keep on the path across a second footbridge, passing a bench on the left. Continue straight on downhill with the stream on your right until reaching the road. Take the second road on the left and head downhill to meet the main road in Llandogo. Turn left to enjoy a well-earned ice cream from Brown’s store, or turn right to quench your thirst with a drink at The Sloop Inn. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 66ft - Brown’s Village Stores
1 : mi 0.37 - alt. 59ft - Houses
2 : mi 0.59 - alt. 348ft - Rose Cottage
3 : mi 0.93 - alt. 689ft - Cleddon Falls
4 : mi 1.66 - alt. 338ft - Footbridge
D/A : mi 2.05 - alt. 66ft - Brown’s Village Stores
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Llandogo was also a boat-building village, where men crafted the distinctive flat-bottomed trows. The heyday of boat building and ship owning was from 1786 until 1868 when the last boat was built. Trows built in Llandogo include :
Built in 1812
Joseph and Sarah
Built in 1832
The William and Sarah
Built here in 1860 for William Williams. (She eventually broke up on the Gloucester bank in 1925.)
The Hannah Louisa
Built at Llandogo in 1868. She was a trow with two masts owned by George Williams, but was altered in 1875 to 72 tons with a continuous deck with box, to allow sea-going voyages. She was lost off Trevose Head on 4th August 1879.
George and Mary
Although built in Newport in 1851, the George and Mary, a trow of 46 tons, had a long connection with the village. Condemned in 1869 she was sold to George Williams of Llandogo, who altered her to 65 tons. As the river trade declined some trows (like the George and Mary) were boxed in, closing their previously open cargo space to holds, and building their bulwarks up to allow them to voyage out to sea, shipping bark to the tanning industries of Ireland.
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