The Bell at Sken­frith

Mon­mouthshire

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On the banks of the River Mon­now in the lush and green Welsh Marches, this 17th­cen­tury for­mer coach­ing inn has cre­ated six of its own cir­cu­lar coun­try­side walks for guests. The walks run to and from the pub, each with a map and de­scrip­tion of foot­paths and draw­ings of points of lo­cal in­ter­est. The walks were cre­ated with lo­cal cou­ple Eira and Harry Steggles, who have been mar­ried

and walk­ing to­gether for some 60 years, and in­clude The Black Habits Black Deeds Walk and A Wood­land Wan­der.

Although many weary walk­ers will stop off at The Bell for lunch or din­ner, usu­ally near the warm­ing in­glenook fire, own­ers Richard Ire­ton and Sarah Hud­son also or­gan­ise pic­nics, and if any­one gets lost they will res­cue them. The Knights Tem­plar trail

wan­ders into Eng­land and back again to Wales, tak­ing in Gar­way church with one of the ear­li­est Knights Tem­plar al­tars. And it’s not just walk­ers who are made to feel wel­come at The Bell – four-legged walk­ers are treated just as well with free dog bis­cuits be­hind the bar and an out­door pooch par­lour where dogs and the muddy boots of their own­ers can be washed. sken­frith.co.uk

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