47. Coed y Cerrig Nature Reserve
This mixed woodland, in a tranquil valley near the Black Mountains, is home to a variety of plants and animals.
A boardwalk winds its way through the woodland and joins up with compacted earth paths. This is an isolated spot with little traffic passing by. The valley bottom is wet where alder trees and other plants which like wet conditions grow. The drier woodland elsewhere has large oak, ash and beech with hazel underneath, where dormice have been found. The woodland was traditionally managed by coppicing, with the timber used for clog soles and making charcoal.
How to get there: Coed y Cerrig is on the north-east side of the Sugar Loaf mountain. From Abergavenny take the A465 north towards Hereford. Turn off the A465 at Llanfihangel Crucorney and then take the turning at The Skirrid Inn. After 1.5km turn left at Stanton and follow the road for a further kilometre. There is a small car park opposite the start of the boardwalk.
Nearest town or village: Llanfihangel Crucorney.
OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL13 or Landranger Map 161 - SO 294 213.
Distance: Up to 500 metres of routes.
Contact: The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) on 01873 737000.
Facilities: The nearest facilities are in Llanfihangel Crucorney or Abergavenny.
Parking: There is a small, roadside car park opposite the start of the boardwalk.
Toilets: The nearest public toilets are in Abergavenny or at Llanthony Priory.