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Byford
SO399424 (5*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Rob Loupart (22/07/05)

'An excellent ford with varying depth from 18" to about 4', so must be walked first to pick the best route. The current is quite strong even when shallow, my dog struggled swimming upstream! It is difficult to find and not signposted.

The north bank is approached down an 8' steep bank between a gap in the fence at SO401425, roughly halfway between a house and a farm. You then need to walk across to the southern bank and head upstream for about 100yards to the exit up a 6' steep bank to the UCR at SO398425. Both are quite overgrown in summer, so difficult to spot. You need to avoid the deeper parts of the river and some soft silty parts that cause the vehicles to bog.

The photos are taken from the northern bank looking upstream. The pic of the 110 coming towards you shows the depth, snorkels only! and pic 2 shows the 110 and a 2" lifted Disco near the south bank exit to the left. In winter the water is often 6' higher than shown here in July!'





Clenchers Mill
SO732349 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (19/08/2002)

'Fast, wide concrete ford, about a car's length across and 4" deep. Concrete footbridge. On county boundary with Gloucestershire.'





Craswall
SO278361 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Peter D Smith (22/03/05)

'What appeared to be the road crossing before the adjacent bridge was built is accessible from one end only now, the other leading to a field gate. There is a concrete base beneath water no more than a few inches deep and about one car's length. The muddy slope down to the ford from the road makes this one only possible in an off-roader nowadays. Signs are absent.'





Cwm Dulas
SO362303 (4*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Peter D Smith (22/03/05)

'Even though not coloured yellow on the OS Explorer Map, the road is properly tarmacked. The stream flows along the road for about 40 yards over a concrete bottom. The deepest point, only a few inches when I visited, was just beneath the rather steep north-east exit (foreground of image). There looked scope for the Dulas Brook to be much fuller after rainfall. A muddy path led to a footbridge, but no depth gauge or warning signs were evident.'





Deerfold Bridge
SO379654 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Mike Webb (21/05/2005)

'It is next to a private bridge leading down to a farm and continues on to a public byway. Nice enough ford with hard base easy entry and exit and is about 12 feet across.'





Huntington
SO269535 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (19/08/2002)

'Rough gravel-bottomed ford about a foot deep and 15ft across, on an overgrown, muddy and rutted public byway, passable by 4x4s and trials cars. Footbridge.'





Knill
SO294604 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (19/08/2002)

'One of two excellent fords across Hindwell Brook close to the B4362 between Presteigne and Walton, at the far end of the public (but private-looking) asphalt road through Knill Farm. Attractive setting, good gravel bottom, about 10in deep and 25ft across, footbridge.'


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Lewstone
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Sent in by John Walton

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Longtown
SO320288 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Peter D Smith (22/03/05)

'The narrow public road ends at a gate very soon after this robust-looking concrete Irish bridge. The Olchon Brook in flood would make a sight worth visiting here. The footbridge marked on the OS Explorer map was gone. There were no warning signs beyond the 'No Through Road' one at the road's start.'





Lower Bach
SO545611 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (19/08/2002)

'Shallow, gravel bottom, runs along stream bed for a few yards. On unmade public road, motorable in ordinary car with care, steep (asphalt) hairpin immediately N of ford. Proper newish Ford triangle signs each side!'

'The ford itself is not particularly challenging , nor is the approach from the south- but the exit "road" going north is very rough indeed and has suffered from major washouts on the steepest part of the climb out. (i.e. Known locally as Killhorse Hill"). There is no way one could get an ordinary car up same ( and I write as a trials motorist who enjoys challenging inclines).' Tom Pellow





Michaelchurch Escley
SO318341 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Peter D Smith (15/04/2005)

'It looks as though the swift-flowing Escley Brook in flood could help make quite a worthwhile splash in this attractive setting. A footbridge is provided, but not signs or depth gauge. It is shown as a ford on the OS Explorer Map.'


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Monkland (x2!)

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Sent in by John Walton

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Nash
SO309625 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (19/08/2002)

'On a motorable unsurfaced lane between the B4362 and Nash hamlet, this fine ford has a gravel bottom but is on the deep side - about a foot. Footbridge.'





Newton
SO343332 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Peter D Smith (15/04/2005)

'This ford lies on a stony by-way, muddy in places. It is a few inches deep and about two yards across. The base is the bedrock, and the stream tumbles over the edge of the strata immediately downstream from the ford. There is a short steep ramp on the north side, with a smoother exit to the south. There are no signs or footbridge, but it does appear on the OS Explorer Map.'





Parrys Cwm
SO305322 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Peter D Smith (22/03/05)

'This sturdy construction over the fledgling River Monnow is on a short road leading to a farm. There is a footbridge, but no signs. It does appear on the OS Explorer Map.'





Snodhill
SO321401 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (19/08/2002)

'Charming little watersplash, with tiny footbridge, hidden away on a narrow lane in a remote corner of the Welsh borders.'





The Forge
SO345593 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (19/08/2002)

'Rough gravel-bottomed ford, about a foot deep and 20ft across, on an overgrown, muddy and rutted public byway to Utley that is passable by 4x4s and trials cars. Footbridge.'





Upper Blaen
SO274337 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Peter D Smith (22/03/05)

'The ford is now by-passed by a new bridge downstream, but is still accessible by car. The concrete base is getting a little eroded, especially at the west end, where there is a shelf a couple of inches high up to the tarmac. The ford is about 2 cars long, and not more than a couple of inches deep when the Olchon Brook is low (as in the image), but must be quite fierce after heavy rainfall. Signs and depth gauge are absent. I can't imagine the council maintaining this one, so if you want to drive through it in an ordinary car, better sooner than later.'





Wellington
SO497483 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Peter D. Smith (21/04/2003)

'This concrete-based watersplash lies on a small road in the north-eastern edge of the village.'









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