River Monnow

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River Monnow

Post by stonercanoe » Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:56 pm

December 30, two of us canoed the Upper Monnow, in solo trad boats. We put on at Cloddock and got off at the Church of St James on the A465 upstream of Kentchurch.
We portaged 3 times for trees, no fences to worry about. The run took two and a half hours. The Kentchurch gauge was about 1.5 m, the river was up but nothing too scary!
We saw two otters and saved a sheep from drowning! This is a lovely run.
Jason

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Re: River Monnow

Post by Dave Thomas » Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:53 pm

Grid references?
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Re: River Monnow

Post by stonercanoe » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:31 pm

Is that for the access points Dave? I can work them out if needed!
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Re: River Monnow

Post by Dave Thomas » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:21 pm

yes, please?
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Re: River Monnow

Post by stonercanoe » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:29 pm

Hi Dave, this is done with a romer on a compass (old school)! We put on at SO 161(326,274) and got off at SO 161(389,257).
Turn off the A465 at Pandy (The Pandy Inn) and head towards Longtown. You come to the village of Clodock and by the church turn right. We put on, on river right, discretely nipping down the drive way to the old mill house (which is stunning) and there is an obvious path down to the river. We then parked back down the road in front of the church. There is space for a couple of cars.
The get off is not the one in any of the guides. Go along the A465 towards Pontrilas and the A465 goes over the Monnow and then under the railway line then on to Pontrilas. About 1km before the road goes over the Monnow is the Church of St James on your left (if heading from Abergavenny to Hereford). On your OS map this is marked with a cross, as it has no spire or steeple (very old school)! We left a car there fine, off the road as there is a bit of hard standing before you go down to the church. We got off river right, behind the church and carried up through the field to the gate and to the car. I have used in the past the obvious pathway down to the church. Done this a few times over the years and not had any problems. I would say this upper bit is not ideal for large groups.
I love it in an open boat!
Dave hope this helps.
Jason

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Re: River Monnow

Post by Dave Thomas » Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:21 pm

That's great info - many thanks!
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