Abergavenny provides an ideal base for exploring the Brecon Beacons on foot. A short walk from the town centre takes you into the countryside, longer walks could take you to the top of one of several mountains overlooking Abergavenny. The three main peaks also have car parks closer to the summits for those who prefer a shorter climb.
The Blorenge offers dizzying views over the town of Abergavenny, whilst the Sugarloaf (the highest of the three peaks) provides views across unspoiled parts of the local countryside. The Skirrid has a steep initial climb, which then breaks out onto a long ridgeway which ends by the ruins of an old chapel at the highest point.
Pen-Y-Fan, just a short journey by car and close to Brecon, is the highest mountain in South Wales, and the 20th highest peak in Wales.
The Three Castles walk starts nearby and takes in Skenfrith, Grosmont and Whitecastle, three small but still impressive castles.
For the hardened walker, the historic Offa’s Dyke footpath runs nearby. Built by Offa, King of Mercia in 757 to 796 AD the dyke formed the boundary between England & Wales, running 182 miles from Prestatyn in the north to Sedbury, near Chepstow in the south. There are several access points near Abergavenny – a good start (or end) point is Llanthony Priory, which just happens to have an excellent pub nestled within the priory ruins…
You’ll find a good selection of walk details based in and around Abergavenny on these sites.