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Iconic mountains, rich countryside and a sweeping 18th century landscaped park
The Sugarloaf and Usk Valley is a landscape of contrasts.
It’s where the dramatic Black Mountains give way to broader, rich and green open pastures.
The iconic peak of the Sugarloaf mountain watches over the market town of Abergavenny, dominating the surrounding landscape and offering glorious views towards mid-Wales in one direction and south-west England in another.
Meanwhile the distinctive ‘Holy Mountain’ Skirrid Fawr peers in from the north-east, standing on the very edge of the mountain range - the legend of a landslide at the moment of Jesus’s crucifixion coupled with the now-ruined chapel at the summit are likely origins of the mountain’s local nickname.
Ancient woodlands and riverside walks provide the perfect escape from everyday life and each passing season brings something new to discover: Coed-y-Bwnydd’s carpet of bluebells to the rich turning colour of St Mary’s Vale’s woodlands.
The magnificent Clytha Estate brings the Picturesque era into the present. It includes Grade One listed Clytha House, beautiful gardens and sweeping parkland with stately trees.
Top things to do in the Sugarloaf and Usk Valley
- Fly a kite on the Sugarloaf where there's always a breeze
- Go bird watching in St. Mary's Vale and the Rholben. Can you spot any endangered species?
- Climb a tree at Coed-y-Bwnydd. There are lots to choose from, all different shapes and sizes
- Pick blackberries growing in the wild in Pant Skirrid Wood
- Make a trail with sticks at Clytha. There are plenty of twigs lying around in the autumn
Respect, protect and enjoy the great outdoors during your visit by checking out the Countryside Code.
Mountains are amazing, but they can also be dangerous so make sure you read this advice before you set off....