Monmouth to Pandy: 17 miles.
From the town centre of Monmouth, the Monmouthshire Way effectively piggy backs onto the wonderful Offa's Dyke National Trail to Pandy. The route leaves the town by crossing the River Monnow via the 13th century fortified bridge and once the built up area is left, King's Wood is reached following a short climb. This stage crosses rolling agricultural land that is always pleasant and provides far reaching views.
The churches at Llanvihangel-Llewern and Llantilio Crossenny are visited on route to arguably the highlight of the section, White Castle. It is well located and provides far reaching views, particularly to the north and west. Whilst its history is long, the 20th century saw it visited by a most unlikely individual. Following his imprisonment having flown to Great Britain from Germany in order to broker peace.
White Castle was regularly visited by Rudolph Hess where he was allowed to sketch during his stay at nearby Maindiff Court Hospital. Continuing north west, views of Skirrid and Sugar Loaf dominate to the west and the route continues to undulate to reach the third church on this stage at Llangattock Lingoed. From here it is a straightforward descent to Pandy after which the route will enter the Brecon Beacons National Park.