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Llanthony Priory
Llanthony Priory

Plan your visit to Monmouthshire

Visit safely

We are delighted to welcome you back to Monmouthshire and to help you visit safely. We want you to enjoy your time here, but we ask everyone who travels to and around Wales always to respect our local communities and beautiful countryside.

To make the most of your time here, please plan ahead and be aware that restrictions are being lifted at different times in Wales and England.

Check individual business website entries before turning up to find out:

  • whether businesses / sites are open
  • what their opening times are
  • whether facilities like toilets are available
  • whether you need to book in advance
  • how you need to pay - some places may be contactless or cash only

Have a Plan B or be prepared to come back later as your preferred place to visit may be too busy to visit safely.

Even where sites are open, onsite facilities like toilets and refreshments may not be available so make sure you know before visiting where your nearest facilities are located.

Our businesses have been working hard to prepare for welcoming you back. Look out for the 'We're Good To Go' industry kite mark for tourism and hospitality businesses for reassurance that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Each business will have its own rules in place to ensure the safety of your visit so please take time to read the posters and signs which are there for your benefit.

Businesses will have had to reduce capacity to allow for social distancing so will reach maximum capacity quickly. Please be patient, respect staff, plan ahead and be prepared to go somewhere different if queues are long.

Be vigilant with hand washing and hygiene and be aware that gates, stiles, picnic benches and other outdoor structures are touched regularly (bring with you and use hand sanitiser). Maintain social distancing rules at all times - even when in the outdoors or on rights of way networks. 

If you're planning on visiting one of our high streets, read our FAQs and advice for shoppers.

Enjoy our countryside. Safely.

For a safe and enjoyable visit to our countryside sites, and on public rights of way, please follow this guidance:

  • Always observe social distancing
  • Be vigilant with hand washing and hygiene
  • Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has Coronavirus Symptoms
  • Please be respectful of other people’s space and wait at a safe distance in places such bridges, kissing gates, or steps, until it is safe for you to continue on your walk;
  • Please do not leave litter - be prepared to take your rubbish home with you to recyle or dispose of
  • Be a responsible dog owner by following the Dog Walking Code
  • If our car parks are full or busy please come back another time and do not park on access roads or surrounding roads
  • Don’t linger in car parks so that others can safely come and go.

Many footpaths and bridleways cross private land and in some cases working farms are close to private homes. Please keep to the paths, follow the countryside code, keep your distance from landowners and continue to follow the restrictions and measures in place to protect you and others. 

Closures on paths due to flooding, dangerous bridges etc. can be found here.

Information on locally promoted routes can be found here.

Be adventure smart

  • Enjoy active outdoor recreation while practising good social distancing at all times
  • Do not travel to popular tourist areas and reduce the risk of groups gathering in one place
  • Stay close to home – consider low risk, familiar activities in local areas, such as a local walk or run
  • Avoid public transport and social gatherings – keep active by travelling on foot or bike

Ask yourself 3 questions before you set off:

  • Do I have the right GEAR?
  • Do I know what the WEATHER will be like?
  • Am I confident I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?

For further information and guidance on safe active outdoor recreation, visit the AdventureSmart website.

Toilets and carparks

Most car parks and all public toilets (except White Horse lane toilets in Abergavenny) have reopened. An hour's free parking has just been introduced in our town centre car parks. Check individual website entries for the status of car parks and toilets on sites you're planning to visit. 

If travelling to the Sugarloaf, please park in the Fairfield car park in Abergavenny as The National Trust car park at Llanwenarth and the road leading to it are CLOSED. Parking at Fairfield is £1 all day on a Sunday.

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