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River Trothy

Welsh: Afon Troddi


Photo featuring part of the river course and catchment with the Skirrid (Holy Mountain) in the background. Source: Campstone Hill

The Trothy starts on Campston Hill and flows windingly for some 34 miles to its confluence with the Wye at Monmouth. There isn't any great ascent or descent but the source catchment area is made up of beautiful rolling hills and valleys complimented by inspiring vistas across to the Skirrid (Holy Mountain), the Eastern escarpment of the Black Mountains and the Blorenge near Abergavenny.

'The Trothy Trail - A Brothers Last Hike' is the feature length video of our walk along the length of the River Trothy  and wild camp as well as a great last hike with Paul a founder member of this site and the Wye Explorer project. It's long yet the choice in music, chatter, walks, routes, scenery, photography and filming is a joy to sit back to and watch with a brew or two. 

Trothy Trail - A Brothers Last Hike



For the Bus Times to Abergavenny and or Pandy see the X4 (Stagecoach)

This will bringyou in from Hereford and the Heads of the Valleys. Click X4 




Skirrid Mountain Inn

Hunters Moon Inn






The map shows Abergavenny on the A465. Llanvihangle Crucorney and Pandy are due North of the town. Some great or unique views of Edmunds Tump, the Skirrid and Sugar Loaf can be had from Campston Hill due East of Pandy, which is criss-crossed with rights of way. (see above for images from Campston Hill).


In addition to the fantastic Campston Hill walks there are other great walks associated with this little river a right bank tributary of the Wye. Besides the views included are ancient inns and a grand castle namely the 13th century White Castle (link 2), which derives its name from the white rendering on its walls.

i'm inspired by the Wye

The source to the Trothy will take you 3.5 miles North East of the mountain town of Abergavenny famed for its food festival and cycling as well as the mighty Sugar Loaf and Blorenge.


Getting To The Source and Views


Getting to the source of this river, which is subject to a conservation project due to its suitability as a potentially rich wildlife habitat as all rivers are (see River Trothy Project) is easy. Just take the A465 North past Abergavenny turning right at Llanvihangel Crucorney or Left at Pandy if coming in from the North to South.


Campston Hill is where your heading for. Enter source either via Great Campston, Greig Lodge or Blantrothy.

Walk: Trothy Trail

Distance: 6.6 KM or 3 miles Aprox

Features: Trothy, Sugar Loaf, Skirrid and Hunters Moon In

Level: Moderate


Taking in the source of a Wye left bank tributary and some spectacular views this 'source walk' starts on Campston Hill. The PDF file demonstrates the walk in more depth. It's undulating terrain and a moderate walk in terms of effort. However, look to the West at source and you can see, not just the embryonic Trothy but Edmunds Tump (East) and the Sugar Loaf (West) also, which is accompanied by the Skirrid or Holy Mountain to your South. Continue South from off Campston Hill and you will eventually come to a road that leads to Llangottock Lingoed and the 13th century Hunters Moon Inn, which is on the Offa's Dyke Path and recommended. From there head for Lower Cellia where you can almost double back on yourself by way of navigating across the Trothy just beyond the farm. Due North East for half a KM is the back road. Head North to your start point. An alternate route would be from Great Campston.

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3 and a Half KM due South East of Llangottock Lingoed is White Castle part of the 3 Castles Walk and  another fantastic feature just above the Trothy Valley (150 meters). Amazing views. Map


Trothy Trail Diary Link

PDF File - Source Walk

Trothy Source Walk