Outdoor adventures around Abergavenny
You've probably guessed by now that our family spends a lot of time outdoors. We live in such a beautiful part of the world that staying indoors feels like a waste especially considering that we never know what the weather will be like from day to day!
With that said, today I'm sharing fun outdoor adventures around Abergavenny. There's no particular theme with these recommendations - just fun, outdoor places that we like to visit and a few gems that we've discovered recently! If you're local you'll no doubt be familiar with some of these, but hopefully you'll learn about at least one place you've never been and can put on your list to visit.
Have fun and enjoy!
Linda Vista Gardens
If you live in Abergavenny you will definitely know about Linda Vista Gardens! We are so lucky to have this gorgeous community green space right in the centre of town. The garden is a wonderful place to visit all year round as the plants, trees and shrubs take on different looks depending on the season. There's a wonderful natural play area for kids to enjoy, lots of grass to sit and relax, a big hill to roll and run down (my toddlers personal fave) and loads of bushes, trees and boardwalk for kids to explore. It really is the gem of our town! It's also home to the annual Close-Knit Community tree courtesy of Zimele UK which is definitely worth going to see.
Location: Tudor St., Abergavenny NP7 5DL
Rowlestone Court Farm
Rowlestone Court Farm is a family run farm about 15 minutes away from Abergavenny and is a great place to take the kids. Along with nature walks and camping they have a dedicated play area, shorter nature walks for little legs and an amazing adventure playground complete with zip wire, tyre swing and climbing wall. You are welcome to bring your own picnic or eat at their cafe which serves tea, coffee, light snacks and their delicious homemade ice cream. Best of all entry is only £2 and under 12's go free! The farm is only open in spring and summer so be sure to check their website for opening times.
Location: Rowlestone Court, Rowlestone, Hereford, HR2 0DW
Ewyas Harold Recreation Ground
Ewyas Harold Recreation Ground is located in the village of Ewyas Harold about 20 minutes outside of Abergavenny. It can be a little tricky to find and sat nav doesn't always take you to the right place. It's just beyond the local primary school behind a set of houses. If you get lost just ask a local to direct you! The grounds include a beautiful open green space perfect for a picnic and a fab park with lots of lovely equipment. Personally, I love this park as it's just the right distance from Abergavenny for an afternoon outing especially if your kid needs a quick power nap to get through the rest of the day!
Location: Ewyas Harold Recreation Ground, Hereford HR2 0JD
The Punchbowl is lovely spot on the eastern side of Blorenge mountain. It's quite hidden and not particularly easy to get to, but it's definitely worth finding! I'd recommend you park just down (heading back towards Llanover) from the main Foxhunter carpark - look for an open patch of green grass on your left next to the stone wall and the gate that says Coed Cadw. Walk through the gate (you'll see a small sign for The Punchbowl) and follow the path until you get to a fork in the path and another small gate on your left. Walk through the gate and follow the path down to the water. It's worth noting that it is a steep path and pretty advanced for little legs. It's not too bad getting down with kids if you help them, but there's a good chance you'll need to take lots of breaks on the way back up.
Location: Eastern side of Blorenge mountain | More Info
The Skirrid is a beautiful mountain on the outskirts of Abergavenny. If your kids are willing and able it's a moderate hike to the top - an hour, maybe two depending on how many times the kids need a break on the way up. Once at the top you'll be greeted with stunning views of the surrounding area. If you prefer a low level walk the base of the mountain has lots of trails to explore. There is a large National Trust car park so be sure to bring your parking pass if you are a National Trust member.
Location: Llanddewi Skirrid, Abergavenny, NP7 8AP
Silent Valley Nature Reserve
Silent Valley is a gem we recently discovered. If you didn't know it was there you would easily drive right by it given it's location just off a residential street in Cwm. Silent Valley is a sweet little woodland similar to St. Mary's Vale, but on a much smaller scale. There's a lovely little stream for the kids to safely play in and if you follow the boardwalk up the hill you can do a nice circular walk through the trees. It's about 30 minutes from Abergavenny so another perfect adventure for those times when you want the kids to nap on the way. Bring wellies and waterproofs!
Location: End of Cendl Terrace, Cwm, Ebbw Vale NP23 7RX | More Info
Goytre Hall Woods
Goytre Hall Woods is a local woodland that I absolutely love - it has something for everyone including a stream that runs through it, dens and bluebells during bluebell season. It's small enough that the kids won't get lost, but still has plenty of bits to explore. This is one of my favourite local woodlands and definitely worth a visit. Bring wellies and waterproofs!
Location: Just off the A4042, follow the sign for Goytre Wharf | More Info
This Llangattock woodland is another personal fave that I recently discovered. It's right next to Llangattock playground and is a fantastic woodland to explore made even better by the fact that it has proper paths that are buggy and bike friendly which you don't find in many wooded areas. The entry is a little tricky: as you pull up you will find a cow grid and a "private property" sign. You cannot drive beyond the cow grid since it's private property so park on the street in the residential area. The gate to enter the woodland is just on the other side of the cow grid (you're allowed to walk on the private property to enter the woodland...I know because we got in trouble by the owner for parking there when we didn't know what the setup was and he kindly explained it to us). See if you can find the giant carved mouse once inside!
Location: next to Llangattock playground | More Info
Newport Wetlands is a brilliant place to take the kids for a fun, educational day out. There's loads of amazing wildlife to learn about and if you're a keen bird watcher it's definitely the place to go! There's an adventure playground which the kids love and an onsite cafe although I'd recommend you pack a picnic. Entry is free so if you bring your own food it's a free day out. Bring wellies if it's been raining as the paths can get quite muddy and pack hats and sunscreen if it's sunny because there's very limited shade on a bright day. It's definitely worth venturing to the lighthouse!
Location: W Nash Rd, Newport NP18 2BZ | More Info