"Monks Trod" permanently closed

A medieval byway between two Welsh Cistercian abbeys, and walked by monks in the 12th century, has been damaged by modern traffic. The city councils of Powys and Ceredigion have banned all access, even walkers, from the path to preserve the ancient track.

"Monk's Trod route goes through an unbounded natural peat upland which is designated as a Special Site of Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area," said Wynne Jones, Powys cabinet member for regeneration and culture. The surface has been damaged and restoration could cost up to UK£300,000. Until repairs can be made, the byway is "Permanently Closed."