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Walking in and around the area.

We’re blessed to be in an area surrounded by great walking. OS Landranger Map no 13 (OL13) covers the region and includes an incredible 11 National Trails ; the most famous of which being the Offfa’s Dyke path, which passes within a mile of here. A short diversion along the Beacons Way brings you within a few hundred yards of the front door. And with a choice of fine eateries and pubs within easy distance – what better place to break your journey, or use us as a base for heading off into the Black Mountains on a series of circular walks. Trout cottage has a selection of guides and maps available to borrow, or we can offer guided walks for those wishing to walk freely without the hassle of constantly referring to the maps.

David first fell in love with this area whilst walking the Offa’s Dyke path some 20 years ago in the picturesque section upon Hatterall Hill overlooking the Llanthony Priory. After moving here to live  in 2012 he has now explored the area more extensively, often accompanied by Moja the faithful (?!) black Labrador. Combining this love of the outdoors with his interest in  industrial history he can bring the past and the geography alive together and create a fourth dimension to any walking party.

Just some of the highlights on offer :

  • The castles of Raglan, Skenfrith, Abergavenny, Grosmont, White Castle, Longtown. All are nearby.
  • The beautiful Llanthony Priory (“One of the greatest medieval buildings in Wales”), which at one point was the most important centre of Monastic worship in the whole of West England.
  • Easy access to some great Upland walks including Sugar Loaf, the Skirrid, Bryn Arw, Hatterall Hill, The Blorenge.
  • A choice of circular walks ranging from 3 miles to 20 miles and varying degrees of difficulty ; something to suit everyone.
  • Walking, cycling or canoeing the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, taking in the industrial landscape which during the Industrial Revolution made this area one of the most important centres of Iron and Coal production in the western world.
  • Explore and discover the history of charcoal-making right here on our doorstep.
  • The ancient Rood Screen at Partrishow Church and the wonderful wall paintings.
  • The Roman Fort up on the Gaer.
  • Wales’ oldest Inn – the Skirrid Inn, where 180 sorry souls were sentenced to be hung by Judge Jeffrey, the sentence to be carried out immediately on site at the Inn. As you’d expect, it is now said to be haunted.
  • Grwyne Fawr Reservoir and the old railway built specifically to transport materials and workers to build it in 1912.
  • Wonderful riverside walks near the Rivers Usk, Wye and Monnow.
  • The Revenge Stone ; allegedly the site of the brutal ambush and murder of the Norman Knight Richard De Clare in 1135.
  • Blaenavon and “Big Pit”, now a Unesco World Heritage site for its hugely impressive and significant Iron and Coal Works.
  • Retrace the steps of Alexander Cordell (author of the famous Industrial Revolution Mortymer Trilogy) as you discover the once-great industrial heritage of the area.

Other activities :

  • History : there are over 130 archeological and historical sites within a 10 km radius of Trout Cottage.
  • Sailing or canoeing on Llangorse reservoir
  • Fishing on the rivers Honddu, Usk, Wye or Monnow. Check out
  • Woodland Crafts : a variety of traditional woodland crafts are available nearby in conjunction with  The Curcorney Environmental Group, or see the Courses section of this website

1 Comment

  1. Diana Pears
    January 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Andrea- responding to your recent e-mail about a soap making course. Can you give me some dates as I am very interested. Many thanks

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