Woodlands at Coed y Bwnydd

Bluebells and campion at Coed y Bwnydd, Monmouthshire, Wales

Coed y Bwnydd is the largest and possibly best-preserved Iron Age hill fort in Monmouthshire, with a history of human involvement stretching back more than 2,000 years.

Today, dappled shade, birdsong and the heady scent of bluebells in spring means this gently rolling landscape continues to be a haven for people and wildlife alike.

Coed y Bwnydd is situated high on a wooded promontory, 196m above sea level overlooking the village of Bettws Newydd and close to the Clytha Estate.

An ancient monument

Its steep and densely wooded slopes give way to a trivallate fort where the well-preserved ramparts enclose a circular wooded centre. In fact, the ramparts are so well preserved that the fort’s importance is nationally recognised by its status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).

A carpet of colour

Sitting at the southern end of a long wooded scarp that runs parallel to the River Usk, Coed y Bwnydd is the perfect place to drink in immediate views of the fields and woods that surround the fort, with glimpses of the spectacular views of the Usk Valley and beyond.

In spring, a carpet of bluebells, primroses, orchids and red campion add a dazzling array of colour to an already beautiful, and archaeologically important, site.

In memory

The fact that Coed y Bwnydd was given to us by Captain Geoffrey Crawshaw in memorial to his friend Sergeant Arthur Owen, who died in a flying accident in World War Two, adds an extra poignancy to this already special place.