More than ever, we appreciate the beautiful surroundings of our cottages, and the many wonderful walks which we’re able to enjoy from our doorstep. Spending time outdoors in nature is so important to our wellbeing, and our cottages couldn’t be in a better location.
With Abergavenny being on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, it’s the ideal destination to get your dose of green space and a spot of walking. Here are some of our favourites:
Castle Meadows & Linda Vista Gardens. Enjoy this level 1.6 mile walk from a town centre car park or walk from the cottages and join the route once you’ve gone over the river Usk bridge. The route has the added attraction of delicious snacks and drinks from Ambika Social – a converted horsebox café in Linda Vista Gardens on selected dates.
Swan Meadows & the river Gavenny. Like the Castle Meadows route, you can reach the start of this walk by strolling into Abergavenny from the cottages. Then it’s 2.7 miles up and down hill, following the course of the river Gavenny, which feeds into the much larger Usk.
Llanfoist Canal West Walk is a circular route which passes along the canal towpath and the former railway line. There are occasional benches for you to rest and enjoy your flask of coffee, and, best of all, you can start the route right outside the cottages.
For a great day out, pack a picnic and head up the Sugarloaf, the highest peak surrounding Abergavenny. You can drive to the car park on the southern slopes of the mountain and take the obvious route to the summit of the Sugarloaf or, for a real challenge, set out from the cottages.
The other two large mountains are the Skirrid Fawr – easily seen through the gap in the trees on the towpath opposite the cottages – and the Blorenge – directly behind the cottages. It’s just a short drive to the car park at the base of the Skirrid Fawr, starting point of a 4 mile circular walk.
If you want to enjoy magnificent views without too much ascent, drive to Keepers Pond car park on the Blorenge, and do the mostly level, 4 mile Blorenge High Level Walk.
For more walks in the area, check out this list of routes.