35. A stroll around Gilwern Wharf Picnic Site

A well-used picnic site alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal with two picnic tables, one with an overhang, situated on a level grassed area. This site is a good starting point for strolls along the canal towpath.

Further Information

The towpath stretches for several miles or kilometres in both directions and is surrounded by fields and woods. There is a tarmac path to a viewing point which is 470 metres to the west with views across woodland, fields, the Sugar Loaf and the Black Mountains. The path heading towards the village (east) becomes narrow (70 centimetres) and bumpy for a short stretch. Gilwern village is 300 metres away along the towpath.

How to get there: From Gilwern, take the A4077 Crickhowell Road. Just past the garage, turn up Church Road, which is signposted: Llanelly Church: 1.5 miles. The entrance is 300 metres uphill on the right hand side.

Nearest town or village: Gilwern.

OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL 13 or Landranger Map 161 - SO 243 146.

Distance: A choice from 100 metres to several kilometres.

Contact: Monmouthshire County Council on 01633 644856 or visit Monmouthshire Countryside Access.

Facilities: The village of Gilwern has shops, a petrol station and several pubs.

Parking: There is a flat, stone dust car park for up to 12 cars.

Toilets: The nearest toilets are 500 metres away on Main Road in Gilwern or in the pubs alongside the canal. The closest disabled access toilets are at Crickhowell or Abergavenny.