White Castle, Skenfrith Castle and Grosmont Castle

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Explore three spectacular castles on an unforgettable trip

Dust off the walking boots, pack the waterproof and the flasks of coffee as you prepare for this thrilling adventure. The 19-mile hike discovering Three Castles Walk is a rare experience full of magical atmosphere and gorgeous scenery.

Whether you embark on the mission with friends or family, it’s guaranteed the trail will start a new passion for stepping back in time.

Let the walk begin

We recommend hitting the paths early to make sure you’re not missing a moment. Start at Skenfrith Castle, where you’ll leave the car in the allocated car park before embarking on the heritage landmarks.

First founded in the early 12th-century by the Norman lord William fitz Osbern, you’ll see the remains of a fortress built later in the 13th-century, with its circular keep protected by well-preserved walls.

From here, it’s a seven-mile journey to White Castle, with plenty of beauty and distant noises of sweet wildlife to keep you company along the way. The castle is the best-preserved of the three, and you’ll instantly be taken aback by its grand defensive structure.

Step on the footbridge over the castle’s moat, gazing at the impressive large outer ward the size of a football pitch that is thought to be the vision of its owner, King Edward I.

William fitz Osbern also built Grosmont Castle, where you’ll be hiking next. Overlooking Grosmont village, Grosmont and the two other castles were built to control an area of the border.

Take a stroll through the grounds and imagine living in the apartments that were here in the 14th-century, before the castle was targeted during the Glyndwr Rising.

Stay for a night or two

If you’re looking to immerse yourself even more in the beautiful countryside and breathtaking history, we suggest staying at Grosmont before the five-mile walk back to the car.

Enjoy a chilled night with a steamy cuppa at Trevyr Barn as you overlook the countryside views, deep in thought in front of a log fire, thinking what life must have been like when the three castles were in their prime.

Want to take on the challenge again?

The Three Castles Walk is something you’ll want to keep conquering, a new tradition among your group of friends or family. Beautiful landscapes, steep Welsh history, and hidden valleys within this stunning part of south Wales will leave you inspired.

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