Activities

Walks from Middle Ninfa Farm                

A good path leads from the bunkhouse and campsite up to the Punchbowl lake high on the eastern slope of the Blorenge.

From here foot and bridle paths lead in both directions within the National Park and World Heritage Site.  A wide range of routes are available. Two circular walks are particularly popular, perhaps as both have an excellent hostelry somewhat over the halfway point.

Hill's tramroad near The Tumbles

Hill’s tramroad near The Tumbles

Lamb and Fox and Blorenge circuit.  The 7 mile walk sets off north from the Punchbowl and curves west around the Blorenge at the boundary between the open moorland and enclosed farmland.  It crosses the main track up the mountain from Llanfoist Wharf and meets and follows Hill’s tramroad  along which iron and limestone from Garndyrus and Blaenavon was brought in drams pulled by mules to the inclined plane in Cwm Craf. From here the drams were lowered on continuous chains down the extremely steep mountainside to the canal at Llanfoist for onward transport by barge to Newport and overseas.

The walk along the level tramroad crosses the Blaenavon-Govilon road and continues past the site of Garndyrus Forge and through theTumbles.

Friendly welcome at the Lamb and Fox, Pwll Ddu

Friendly welcome at the Lamb and Fox, Pwll Ddu

Just before the sheer limestone face of Pwll Du quarry we climb up to the balance pond and then to the Lamb and Fox, a remote and characterful survivor of the Pwll Du mining community, for a good ale and warm welcome, or if you’re lucky, some lunch.

Return through the stark and beautiful country of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site, via Foxhunter’s grave to the Punchbowl and Middle Ninfa. Pwll Du and Blorenge summit walk route guide also available at the farm.

 


The Gander at the Goose walk
. This walk starts at the farm and goes south via the Punchbowl and farms flanking the eastern scarp to the Goose and Cuckoo. This remote public house, is famous for its whiskies, historic pram race and being just out of reach of the redoubtable Lady Llanover, champion of Welsh culture and ardent teetotaller, who closed all the watering holes on her estates.  Good and reasonable menu.  Return along the canal.  Laminated map and guide available at the farmhouse or bunkhouse. Click here for more details

Other special places accessible by foot include the Clydach Gorge (14 miles round trip), Goytre Wharf, Blaenavon Big Pit and Iron Works.

For details of a number of walks in the locality please see our entry in Walking World

What’s on in the Abergavenny area? 

winter sport at Middle Ninfa

winter sport at Middle Ninfa

 

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throughout the year.

Adventure Activities in the locality

Rock climbing, Canyoning, Zip Wires and Horse riding

Paragliding and tandem rides  

Quadbiking, archery, clay shooting

Horse riding and pony trekking

Canoeing on the River Wye

Indoor Bouldering in Abergavenny

Climbing, coasteering, canoeing, caving, rafting etc

Gliding in Black mountains

Ballooning near Abergavenny

Cycle hire and delivery from Hay-on-Wye

Wings of Wales- Falconry outings and photography workshops

Artisan Breadmaking classes with Rachel Watson, the Abergavenny Baker.

And for the kids:

Blaenavon Heritage Railway

Please also visit

Dark skies & bright moon

Dark skies & bright moon

Monmouthshire Walking Festival

Crickhowell Walking Festival Feb/March

Boots, bikes and bunkhouses

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