River and Canal - 4 miles (mostly level)
This gentle 5 amble takes us from the front door of The Gliffaes along the banks of the energetic River Usk to the ancient Llangynidr Bridge. From here we take to the towpath of the eye-wateringly beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal (Mon & Brec, for short!) We can return the same way, extend the walk further or arrange for transport to pick you up if you've had enough. We could even find a nice pub or tearoom for you to enjoy a well earned rest while your transport is fetched!
Railway and Canal 5 miles (mostly level)
This gentle amble takes us along the old railway line from Abergavenny, now converted into an accessible family trail to Govilon. Here we switch transport routes to walk alongside the scenic Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. Easily extendable if you so wish, this walk is a gentle introduction to the former industrial heritage of our area.
Llangorse Lake and The Allt - 8 miles (1,000 feet of ascent)
This moderately strenuous ramble takes us around South Wales' largest natural lake ~ Llyn Syfaddan or Llangorse Lake. We start at Llangorse Common where you can go boating if the desire takes you. We then follow around the lakeside, stopping at the bird hide to observe the passing wildlife. Next comes Llangasty church, one of the most dramatic situations for any place of worship. Having thoroughly warmed up, we now head uphill to tackle The Allt, a 1,300 foot hill with stunning views over both the lake and the Usk valley, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. With the hard work behind us, we will descend gently to the Welsh Venison Centre tearoom and farm shop to await our transport back to Gliffaes.
One hill, one tramway, one canal. Result: Perfection! 8 miles (1,500 feet ascent)
Overlooking Gliffaes to the west is the conical hill of Tor y Foel. Being of mid height, the summit is one of the best viewpoints of the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and the Usk valley. Our moderately strenuous ramble takes us up the west ridge of the hill, following the route of the Beacons Way. We then descend to reach the 200 year old route of the Brinore Tramway which once transported iron ore down to the canal at Talybont. We follow the historic route down to the pretty canal-side village of Talybont-on-Usk. Following suitable refreshment in the village cafe or one of four pubs, we will wander back along the towpath to our start at Llangynidr, just 2 miles from Gliffaes.
The Dragon's Back 8 miles (2,000 feet ascent)
This strenuous hill walk is arguably one of the best mountain days in Wales. It conbines the exciting ridge of Y Grib with the wild plateau of the Black Mountains. The views can stretch from the Bristol Channel and Cotswolds up to Snowdonia and Shropshire. With a pub situated conveniently close to the finishing spot, there is every reason to enjoy a great day's walk.
The Three Beacons (The best way!) 7 miles (3,000' ascent)
This is the connoisseur's way up the Brecon Beacons. Approaching from the north, we will climb and descend the less well known northern ridges to complete a classic mountain walk. Pen Y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn are the triumverate of peaks that form so distinctive a skyline. This is a day that you won't forget! You will need a reasonable level of fitness. If that's a problem, we could always use the National Trust's Pont ar Daf path which starts from a road half way up!
Sweet Sugar Loaf 6 miles (1,500' ascent)
Surely the best looking mountain in Wales though it doesn't even reach the 2,000 feet mark! Our moderately strenuous hill walk explores this National Trust owned peak. We will walk on the soft green paths, enjoy wide reaching views and descend to the welcoming embrace of the Foody's favourite, Abergavenny.