Discover the Kymin walk

Walking trail

Tread in the footsteps of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, who came here to see the fine views of Wales and England more than 200 years ago.

Admire the Georgian banqueting house at the Kymin

This walk visits two interesting Georgian buildings - the Naval Temple, a monument to Admiral Lord Nelson, and the Round House, a circular, castellated Georgian banqueting house.

The Kymin's round house, Monmouth


Discover the Kymin walk


The Kymin car park, grid ref: SO528125


From the car park head toward the white building you can see to the north. This is the Naval Temple.

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Walk to the Round House. This quirky Georgian building was built by a group of local gentleman who met here to dine. Emerging on your left is a spectacular view over Monmouth and beyond. You may spot buzzards and peregrine falcons soaring here. You are likely to see Sugar Loaf Mountain, which looks like a pointed volcano from this direction. On a clear day you will see Pen y Fan in the far distance, the highest point of the Brecon Beacons.

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From the Round House, keep going along the drive. In front of you is Beaulieu Grove, an ancient woodland once used particularly for charcoal burning. Enter this woodland and follow the well-worn track along the top of the ridge until you reach the viewpoint with a bench and information board to the left of the path. Carry on for approximately 150m and take the steep winding path downhill on the left, just before the end of the ridge. This can be slippery and difficult to find at certain times of the year. Follow this path downhill for about 250m until it joins a wide vehicular track. Turn right following the track for 600m until you reach a kissing gate signed 'Kymin'. Go through the gate and follow the path through the middle of the field. Continue uphill through a few trees, then cross diagonally through a second field to a kissing gate to re-enter the Kymin ground.

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Go back through the kissing gate, and keeping The Old Stable to your left, walk straight ahead until you come to the Bowling Green. This was landscaped by the same people who built the Round House and is a lovely spot for a picnic or a game of croquet. If you're not stopping, then it's a short walk back along the drive to the car park.


The Kymin car park, grid ref: SO528125

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Well-made paths and grass paths, can be muddy after rain. Kissing gates not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Dogs welcome but must be kept on leads.

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How to get here

The Kymin, Monmouth, NP25 3SE
By train

Lydney railway station 10 miles (16km); Abergavenny railway station 13 miles (21km); Chepstow railway station 12 miles (19km).

By road

2 miles (3.2km) east of Monmouth, signposted off A4136. The lane to the Kymin is steep and winding with hairpin bends so we do not advise anything much larger than a minibus. Post code NP25 3SE.

By bus

Chepstow to Monmouth no 69 nearest stop Wyesham Monmouth 1.5 miles (2.5km) walk to the Kymin. Visit Traveline-Cymru