Canoeing is a very popular activity in the Abergavenny area. For gentle or long-distance canoeing there’s the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Paddling quietly along is a great way to nature-spot (see the canal river trust website for a spotters’ guide). A short drive from Abergavenny is Goytre Wharf – a fun place to visit. There is boat and canoe hire, cafe, playroom, picturesque walks along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and there is also accommodation available. www.goytrewharf.com
A short drive from Abergavenny, Llangorse lake offers everything from waterskiing and sailing to windsurfing and rowing. There is also pedallo and canadian canoe / kayak hire – find out more from the Llangorse Lake website. Near Usk, Llandegfydd Reservoir offers fishing and watersports run by Gwent Adventures (kayaking, sailing and windsurfing). NB The lake will reopen to recreational users in spring 2015.
There’s fantastic fishing on the River Usk (for salmon, sea trout and brown trout) during the season which runs roughly from March to October. Find out more about fishing restrictions and the beats on the Usk Fishing Association website. For fishing in Abergavenny’s Castle Meadows contact Monmouthshire Council. ADTA members Gliffaes Hotel, Swan Meadow Holiday Cottages and Psycodlyn Farm Caravan Park own fishing beats and sell permits / run special fishing holidays.
On a hot summer’s day the River Usk offers the chance to cool off in its deep pools – then you can sunbathe and dry off on flat rocks on the river’s edge. Or head to the Grwyne Fawr valley on the edge of the Black Mountains for a smaller, more manageable river with lovely pools for the kids to swim in.