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image for Walking Route item type29 Gilwern to Clydach

Route Overview

The route leaves Gilwern and follows the canal, riverside and minor roads gradually climbing up the Clydach Gorge. At Blackrock the route goes under the A465 and crosses the Devil’s Bridge then ascends the steep wooded hillside. From there it contours around the hillside following the disused railway line, now cycle way, before descending an old incline to the old Clydach Iron Works and rejoining the outward path.
Points of interest include much evidence of this area’s industrial heritage such as Clydach Iron Works and its cast iron bridge. In contrast the route takes in the Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve with its stunning beech woodland and waterfalls.
Please see PDF below for route map

Route Information

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
OS map OS Explorer 1:25000 Sheey OL13 Brecon Beacons National Park (Eastern Area)
Toilets Public toilets on junction next to Beaufort Public House.
Refreshments Pubs and shops in Gilwern village.

Route Details

Free parking in Gilwern Village car park.
No stiles. Most of the route is on level lanes and tracks. However there is a very steep ascent above the Devil's Bridge and steps in several places.
Bus numbers 3 (Abergavenny to Brynmawr) and X4 (Abergavenny to Cardiff) stop in Gilwern.

Route Essentials

Duration: 3 hours

Miles: 6

Clydach Gorge

Clydach Gorge

29 Gilwern and Clydach