The Marches Way is a long distance path of 218 miles through the Welsh-English borders (the Welsh Marches), connecting the cities of Chester and Cardiff. It links many of the most important historic sites on both sides of the border, from Roman times to the tumultuous medieval period when the border lands were fought over by the Marcher lords and Welsh princes.
Passing through woods, forest, river banks and farmland, from the flat Cheshire plain to the mountains of South Wales, the Way varies considerably in its terrain.
It starts at Chester railway station and follows the River Dee valley south before turning east to Malpas and Whitchurch then south to Shrewsbury. The Way takes in the Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge on its way to Ludlow and Leominster. Passing through Hereford, it picks up the River Wye before heading towards Abergavenny.
The Marches Way enters Wales near the village of Pandy. This is the eastern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the route here coincides with the Beacons Way as it passes over Skirrid mountain.
One of our properties along the way is Sugar Loaf Cottage, a one-bedroomed property near Abergavenny, on an arable and fruit farm with an 18 hole golf course just 0.5 mile away.
The Way follows the pretty Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to Pontypool then heads for Caerleon and Newport. It continues west over Caerphilly mountain to picturesque Castell Coch, where it joins the Taff Trail. Nearby, Wales Holidays offers 3 Cardiff Road, a cottage sleeping 4 in the village of Taff's Well near Cardiff.
The Marches Way coincides with the Cambrian Way for this final stretch, taking the walker through pleasant parkland alongside the River Taff to finish at Cardiff Central station.