This is a circular walk
Cwm Llanwenarth and the adjacent Clydach Gorge are coupled together in a remarkably compact area of isolated, little communities. Improbably situated on two steep hillsides, and separated only by a small valley, they are two very contrasting landscapes. Cwm Llanwenarth is a beautiful, peaceful, rural haven. At its base is the lovely Monmouth and Brecon canal, while above there is a complex of delightful lanes and footpaths set amongst a farming community. Clydach, on the other hand, is very much a former mining and quarrying centre. Whilst below it there exists a beautiful wooded valley and stream, the higher ground is a desolate landscape of former tips and ruined mine-workings. And sandwiched in between, a complex of vertical quarry-faces, old railway tunnels, functional dwellings & some recent cycle-ways. It's a fascinating shambles of a place.
On our visit we shall have a look at a great deal of the area, the good, the bad, and the ugly. In doing so, you can expect a busy day with lots of ups and downs (about 3,200 ft. of ascent), some remarkable views (not all pleasant ones!). An altogether intriguing day’s outing, by turns rural, rugged and industrial.
A pub is included.