36. A stroll around Clydach Ironworks and Picnic Site
The ruins of this blast furnace, in the lower end of the Clydach Gorge, were an important site in the early industrial revolution.
The excavated and semi-restored remains are now protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and can be safely seen from the fence. The site is signposted from the entrance to the car park: turn right out of the car park, head along the tarmac road for 20 metres, turn right and cross the stone bridge and up the compacted stone track for a further 200 metres and then over the old iron bridge into the ironworks. A picnic and barbecue area is located in the parking area.
How to get there: Clydach is signposted on the A465 between Brynmawr and Gilwern. The car park is on the left hand side after you descend from the village.
Nearest town or village: Clydach or Gilwern.
OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL 13 or Landranger Map 161 - SO 230 133.
Distance: 300 metres from the car park (one way).
Contact: Monmouthshire County Council on 01633 644856.
Facilities: There are no facilities at this site. The nearest facilities are in Gilwern.
Parking: There are 4 spaces on a level tarmac lay-by, with a further 10 spaces on the main compacted stone car park.
Toilets: The nearest public toilets are at Gilwern and the closest disabled access toilets (RADAR) are in Brynmawr