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Our 5 favourite Monmouthshire picnic spots

We’ve taken picnicking seriously for years in Monmouthshire. In fact, the Round House on the Kymin was built in 1794 by the Monmouth Picnic Club to provide a breathtaking spot for lunch, overlooking this border market town in the Wye Valley. With very little effort you can pick up some amazing local produce in our delis, bakeries and farmers’ markets to make a delicious picnic. Then all you need is an amazing view and something to occupy the younger members of your party. Below are our five favourite picnic spots with suggestions on where to buy the ingredients for your perfect picnic. Look out for locally made picnic rugs and willow baskets (for that authentic feel) direct from the makers at Court Cupboard Craft Centre

Of course we can’t do anything about the occasional spot of rain.

#1 Black Rock Picnic Site, Caldicot

First up, a place so synonymous with picnics it has it in its name : Black Rock Picnic Site. Located on the Wales Coast Path near Caldicot, it offers great views over the Severn Estuary and plenty of space to relax and enjoy your picnic.

Check out the recently installed sculptures at the site. The Engineer stands at the top of the old slipway, looking out across the water towards the Prince of Wales Bridge, and was inspired by the 19th century civil engineer Thomas A. Walker, who undertook the completion of the Severn Tunnel and built Sudbrook for the tunnel workers.  The second sculpture is a wooden Fisherman wading through the grass in the picnic area, holding a lave net with a wooden salmon leaping out of the grass ahead of him, to celebrate the lave net fishing heritage of the area.

You can work up an appetite by walking the 3 mile Black Rock Health Walk, which takes in parts of the Wales Coast Path and the Gwent Levels. 

#2 Castle Meadows, Abergavenny

Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the River Usk at Castle Meadows. This is where we say 'Please keep on the grass. Lie Down. Roll around on it and forget all the worries of the past 15 months'. There's 20 hectares of meadowland, so plenty of space. Once you're relaxed you can explore the area on the 1 mile Castle Meadows Health Walk.

Another nearby option are the grounds of Abergavenny Castle, which are open every day 11am - 4pm. Combine your picnic with a trip to Abergavenny Museum (within the castle), open every day except Wednesdays.

#3 The Kymin, Monmouth

High above Monmouth stands the Kymin, a wooded landmark hill offering 9 acres in which to stroll. It's been a renowned picnic site since the 18th century, and was so famous that even Admiral Nelson visited in 1801. Offering breathtaking views over Monmouth (and as far as the Brecon Beacons), it's a perfect spot for a picnic. From the town, it's possible to walk (1.5 miles uphill following the Offa's Dyke footpath) or drive (steep with hairpin bends) off the A4136.

#4 Caldicot Castle and Country Park

Enjoy your picnic in the beautiful medieval surroundings of Caldicot Castle. Entry is free, and there's plenty of outdoor space within the castle to relax. There's also a tea room to buy food and drink if you prefer.

The castle is set in a 55-acre country park with large areas of woodland, a reach of the River Nedern, and pleasant open parkland to enjoy. You can take it all in on the 1 mile Caldicot Castle Health Walk.

#5 Goytre Wharf, near Usk

Goytre Wharf is located on the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal (known affectionately as the Mon & Brec), considered by many to be Britain's most picturesque canal. The canal is a diverse natural habitat - a colourful nature trail in all seasons - and home to an impressive array of historical industrial heritage. It's a long distance path for walkers and cyclists and a pleasant route for exploring by electric day boat, kayak or narrowboat. There's a lovely onsite cafe called 'Penelope's' at Goytre Wharf where you can buy hot and cold drinks and food, or you can just bring a picnic and sit on the grass next to the lime kilns. You can also hire boats at the site from ABC Boat Hire.

Goytre Wharf

Buy local produce for your picnic

Green & Jenks Gelato House

Homemade ice cream loving produced in our shop using locally sourced ingredients.

The Marches Deli

The delicatessen showcases a selection of fine artisan foods as well as some favourite beers, wines and spirits from across Monmouthshire and the Marches region. The majority of our food is sourced directly from producers.

Madame Fromage

Established in Cardiff in 2005, Madame Fromage has now grown into one of the leading cheese emporiums in the country. In May 2021, we opened our new Deli & Cafe in Nevill Street, Abergavenny.

The Angel Bakery

The Angel Bakery has opened in Abergavenny, selling delicious bread and baked goods at the high standard people expect from the Angel.

Abergavenny Market Hall

Abergavenny Market is a lively and bustling market in the centre of Abergavenny. The retail market offers the best locally produced products every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday.

Wye Valley Producers

We are a collaboration of multiple award winning food & drink producers located throughout the beautiful Wye Valley. Browse our products & produce on this website, place an order and pick it up in Chepstow at our next Click & Collect event!

Welsh Dragon