The secret jewel in the heart of the of the Wye Valley
Llandogo is a very attractive village nestling between
wooded hillside roughly halfway between Monmouth and Chepstow,
just north of Tintern Abby. This stretch of the river Wye
is considered to be one of the loveliest river valleys in
Britain. William Wordsworth, who visited this area on many
occasions, wrote about 'the cottages on the hills' and the
'wreaths of smoke' sent up in silence from among the trees.
The village of Llandogo derives its name from the founder
of the church of St. Oudoceus, who was the third Bishop
of Llandaff in the 6th century. The present church was built
on the same site
Llandogo was a port before Chepstow and many of the local
men were barge builders. In those distant days the village
was open to much water traffic and had been so for centuries.
The flat-bottomed Trow travelled the high seas then, carrying
cargoes of bark and hazel hoops as far afield as Italy,
and brining back barrels of sherry. The Llandogo Trow is
immortalised by the name of a pub in Bristol to this day
There is a multitude of varied, exciting, peaceful and interesting
walks within the vicinity of Llandogo. The zigzag walk from
the stream at The Sloop Inn via the Cleddon Road and up
to the Cleddon shoots is quite spectacular. This area is
a grade one area of special scientific interest
The small hamlet of Cleddon lies at the top of the walk
and it was in Cleddon Hall that Bertrand Russell was born
Llandogo was once an important docking point for small sailing
vessels, which worked, between South Wales and Bristol.
The Sloop Inn has a certain romantic and historic connection
with a pub on the other side of the Bristol Channel at Bristol
Docks called the 'Llandogoer Trow'. A trow was a small sailing
barge, the last one of which has just been restored and
will be moored at the Ironbridge Museum in Shropshire.