Abergavenny is a market town that doubles up as an excellent base for all levels of walkers. Whether you’re looking for short, family-friendly strolls or challenging long-distance routes, this picturesque and scenic town has everything you’re looking for and more.
Swan Meadows and River Gavenny
This 2.7-mile walk follows river Gavenny up and downstream. It starts and finishes at the Abergavenny Bus Station, making it not only easy but also convenient. The highlight of the walk is the stone circle at Swan Meadows that was erected in 1912. There’s also the east bank opposite the meadows, which is a great place to see and hear some woodland birds.
Abergavenny to Little Skirrid
This a short but relatively steep walk that will take you from Abergavenny to the top of the Little Skirrid. The route passes behind the A465 and the railway station and heads into the wooden slopes of the Little Skirrid. There are plenty of birds to see along the way, including the Cuckoo, Hawfinch, Hobby, Red Kite, and plenty of exciting flora as well.
After you conquer the steep path, it delivers you to a summit where you get to see breath-taking views of the surrounding hills. You can take the forestry tracks that will take you down the back of the hill to the fields skirting the hill.
Skirrid Fawr Walk
This is one of the most popular walks in Abergavenny. Most walkers prefer to drive to the start of the walk, which is at the base of the mountain. After packing, you start the walk with a gentle stroll up the side of the field that takes you into the mature woods.
You need a pair of sturdy boots to get through the woods, because it’s often muddy. The fantastic views start at the top of the woods, with more stunning views of the countryside visible when you get to the apex of the walk.
The Sugar Loaf Walk
The Sugar Loaf Walk is another popular walk-in Abergavenny. It dominates the skyline to the north of the town. The walk starts at the centre of the town and is only a short walk. You can approach the hill from various directions. No matter which path you take, they will all lead you to the summit where you can enjoy breath-taking views of Abergavenny and the hills of the Black Mountains.
The Blorenge Walk
Walkers looking for a challenge can attempt the Blorenge walk, which makes for a strenuous hike. The best place to start the route is from the Keepers pond. It heads in the direction of the radio masts. Once you pass the masts, you have to work your way through the steep escarpments overlooking Abergavenny.
Although short, this route will make you work for the remarkable views you get to enjoy when you get to the top.
Llanfoist Canal East Walk
This is one of the several dog-friendly walks in the town. It’s a 1.6-mile walk along the Brecon Canal and Monmouthshire. The return is by path on a minor road. The moderate hike features one steep flight of steps before reaching the canal. As you would expect, the views that await you at the top are worth every effort you and your four-legged friend will put into getting to the top of the canal.
The best views are north across Abergavenny and the surrounding hills. While on the walk, take some time off to see the Llanfoist Wharf.
The most amazing thing about Abergavenny walks is the abundance of eateries and restaurants in the town to suit every palette. You also have various accommodation options that include cottages, campsites, caravan parks, hotels, inns and guest houses, among others.