The Hafod and Llangattock Hillside
Perched above the Usk Valley overlooking Crickhowell and Gilwern, the 'Hafod' road and Llangattock Hillside offer a mix of walks along a level, minor road and the chance to explore the limestone quarries along gently sloping quarry tracks.
The road itself was used to transport limestone to the iron-makers in Brynmawr and Ebbw Vale, whilst other routes lead downhill to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. The views on a good day extend across to the Black Mountains and into England. This route is reasonably well used by cyclists and local people, with the quarries regularly used by rock climbers.
Location: The ‘Hafod’ road (location map) is situated above the Clydach Gorge and stretches for 3 miles from Brynmawr around to Llangattock hillside. This is a single track road which leads off Intermediate Road in Brynmawr close to the comprehensive school (location map). There are plenty of passing places, but please note that there are steep slopes on one side of the road which is mainly unfenced.
Parking: There is a car park and roadside parking in Brynmawr. There are a number of parking spots alongside the road and a stony car park near the main quarry (location map).
Toilets: The nearest disabled access toilets are in either Brynmawr or Crickhowell town centres
Facilities: The closest facilities are in Brynmawr, Crickhowell or Gilwern.