Explore Wales’ Largest Ancient Woodland (located between Bristol and Cardiff)

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Lowland and Hill Walks
May 11

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12km (7.5 miles)4 and a half hours

Going through mixed woodland and carpets of Bluebells, we will pass the highest point in Wentwood (309m) on our way to the  Curley Oak (close to the most recent (1996) execution), then to the Foresters Oaks, where twice yearly Law Courts were held, with the last offender hanged in 1829. We will then go past the Wentwood Reservoir and up to the summit of Gray Hill (273m) where we will find a Megalithic alignment of standing stones, stone circle and  neolithic or Bronze age enclosure. We will then head back to the car park via the “Five Lanes” crossing, where it is possible to head in 10 different directions, which was the scene of Gwent’s biggest ever illegal rave (3000 people, for  36 hours) in 2007. The area is home to thousands of wildlife species and we may be lucky enough to spot wild deer.


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