Love walking? You’ll love Abergavenny
Abergavenny is a great base for all levels of walks from easy strolls to challenging long-distance paths like the 95-mile Beacons Way – and the views are nearly always spectacular.
Easy Abergavenny walks
There are plenty of walks without hills around Abergavenny. Here are some ideas:
- Circular walk from Llanfoist to Govilon by a circular route along Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and old railway line (3.7 km walk).
- Stroll around town via Castle Meadows, Abergavenny
- More information: Beacons Park Society walks without hills.
Popular walks around Abergavenny
Abergavenny is surrounded by three mountains – the Skirrid, the Blorenge and the Sugar Loaf.
There are multiple routes to choose from and all three will get your heart pumping – and offer great views.
For the less adventurous walker tackling just one of these hills will be an achievement!
Skirrid Fawr walk
You can walk from the centre of Abergavenny but it is easier to drive to the start of the climb. There is a car park at the base of the mountain. The route starts with a gentle stroll up the side of a field before entering a mature wood. The path through the wood can be muddy so good boots are recommended. At the top of the wood, the views open out and the final push is rewarded by stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The Blorenge walk
This walk is best approached by car as its steepest face is presented to Abergavenny and makes for a very strenuous hike. The route is best started from Keepers Pond and heads in the direction of the radio masts. Beyond these is the steep escarpment that overlooks Abergavenny.
The Sugar Loaf walk
The Sugar Loaf dominates the skyline to the north of Abergavenny and is only a relatively short walk from the centre of town. The hill can be approached from a number of different directions but all paths lead to the summit which offers a breath-taking view of Abergavenny and the hills of the Black Mountains.
Vigorous walks around Abergavenny and the Black Mountains
For long-distance walking try the 8-day Beacons Way. It’s a spectacular 95-mile trail which starts at the Skirrid, just outside Abergavenny. Or try the Usk Valley Walk – either from Abergavenny towards Usk or in the other direction towards Llangattock and Llangynidr.
Just up the road from Abergavenny, Llanthony valley offers a stunning choice of walks. Try the Cwmyoy 11km circular walk from nearby Llanfihangel Crucorney or stop at Llanthony Abbey and climb in either direction for stunning views from the escarpments.