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 33yd (30m) away. This quirky Georgian building was built by a group of local gentleman who met there to dine. Emerging on your left is a spectacular view over Monmouth and beyond. You may spot buzzards soaring here. You are likely to see Sugarloaf 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. Just before reaching the wood, turn right following the drive down towards a stone cottage. This is the Old Stable, which was built at the same time as the Round House, to stable the diners' horses. It is now occupied by the Custodians of The Kymin.


Before the gates for the Old Stable, turn left and follow the path for a few yards to a kissing gate. Go through the gate and take the smaller path bearing to the left, to the fence between the field and Beaulieu Wood. Follow the fence line and look out for some very large ant hills. These are the home of Formica rufa, the red wood ant. If the weather is clear, in front of you through a gap in the trees, you will also see the Malvern Hills.

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Once you have reached the far left-hand corner of the field, turn right and follow the small path until you reach the opposite corner. At this point turn right and follow the broader, well-worn path leading diagonally back up the field to the kissing gate where you first entered the field. Just before you get back to the kissing gate, if you look left(ish) towards the Wye Valley, you can see the tower of Newland Church, otherwise known as The Cathedral in the Forest.


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