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You will find a wonderful diversity of countryside, castles, activities and the ability to just be peaceful in and near The Black Mountains.

There is hill walking straight from the door. You just have to put your walking boots and go.

You can pony trekk at 3 excellent trekking centres in the Valley, offering a wonderful variety, to suit every ability and sense of adventure.

Court Farm Pony Trekking

Trevelogg Pony Trekking - 01873 890216

The Grange Pony Trekking

Take an art course at The Broadley Farm, with experienced and expert tutors, and really appreciate the beauty around you.

Llanthony Art Courses: Clare Whitehead - 01873 890343

Canoe down the River Wye from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye. A brilliant way to give the whole family a wonderful day out.

Fish on numerous mountain streams and rivers locally (in season). The Usk and Wye Catchment Passport gives you the choice of exceptionally unspoilt and special fishing.

Take a glider trip over The Black Mountains at Talgarth.

Go to Hay-on-Wye and visit the heavenly bookshops and relax for the day.

Visit the ruined and evocative border castles that make their mark upon the landscape. Castle such as Whitecaste Castle, Raglan Castle, Grosmont Castle, Longtown Castle give you a sense of the history of the area.

Nearest Shop and Petrol

Skirrid Mountain Garage Shop at Llanvihangel Crucorney. Monday to Friday opening hours are 7.30am to 6.00pm. Saturday 8.00am to 2.00pm. Sunday 8.00am to 1.00pm. They are extremely helpful and stock a good supply of general provisions. Local eggs, local honey, local apple juice, local charcoal, daily papers and delicious local home made cakes. Tel: 01873 890275.

General Shopping

Abergavenny is 13 miles away from Llwyn-on and is a bustling market town. The main food market is on Tuesday in the Market Hall, however a good proportion of stallholders also appear on Fridays. An excellent cheese stall and very good vegetable stalls, fish and meat stalls. Really good bread and jams, chutneys etc. - www.abergavennymarket.co.uk

The farmers market happens in the market Hall every last Thursday of the month. A real treat for those who like good meat, vegetables, and home made delicacies. 9am until 2.30pm - www.abergavennyfarmersmarket.co.uk

Very good local butchers www.hjedwards.co.uk, and a vegetable shop, with general high street stores also.

Supermarkets: Waitrose at Llanfoist, (just outside Abergavenny and easy to get to) is excellent. Tesco Metro, in Frogmore Street, Abergavenny, has a very good range of products. The Co-op, in Hay-on-Wye is excellent too.

Hay-on-Wye is 11 miles away. You drive over the Gospel Pass and see most of mid Wales spread before you. It must be one of the most wonderful views in the UK. A delightful border town with masses of good second hand book shops, and local provisions. A lovely way to spend the day. Early closing is on Tuesdays, and the local butcher, baker (and candlestick maker!) do close at 1pm, however all the book shops are still open as are the pubs and restaurants. Market day is Thursday, and there is a small but perfectly formed market in the square, with good fish, meat, vegetables and flowers.

Restaurants and Pubs

Close to home you will find The Priory Hotel, (The Abbey pub), which is set in the glorious surroundings of Llanthony Priory. Good pub food, crispy chips and good ale. It is a spectacular place to sit on a glorious summer evening, watching the swifts and the swallows swoop around the ruins.

The Half Moon is a basic and friendly pub as you approach Llanthony, on the road, which welcomes dogs.

The Skirrid Inn at Llanvihangel Crucorney is famous for being extremely haunted, which is not surprising as it has witnessed numerous hangings of criminals in the distant past. It claims to be the oldest pub in Wales, and is definitely worth a visit to have a drink, or a pub meal.

Restaurants to recommend include:

The Walnut Tree Inn at Llandewi Skirrid - 01873 852797. It has an excellent chef, Shaun Hill, and is receiving plaudits galore. It is held in affection in the local area as it was started about 30 years ago by Franco and Ann Teruschio, and was the scene of many enjoyable gastronomic experiences. It went through a lean patch when Franco sold it, but has now been revived by a local family, and is buzzing again.

The Hardwick Old Raglan Road, Hardwick - 01873 854220. The owner chef, Stephen Terry, was trained by Franco. Very good food, and generally highly recommended.

The Bell at Skenfrith - 01600 750235. In a glorious setting next to the ruins of Skenfrith Castle. This pub/hotel constantly adds more awards to its name. Immaculately run, with very good food, and a good atmosphere. Award winning exhaustive wine list.

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny - 01873 857121. An old fashioned hotel that has been seriously shaken up, and is a lovely place to go to have lunch or supper. Good food, peaceful and good service.

The Foxhunter at Nantyderry - 01873 881101. A highly recommended place to eat. Excellent food and extremely well thought of.

The Crown Inn, Pantygelli - 01873 853314. Good food, and well liked locally.

The Blue Boar, Hay-on-Wye - 01497 820884. Good pub food. Welcoming atmosphere, a stalwart of Hay.

Kilvert Court Hotel, Hay-on-Wye - 01497 821042. Good pub food. Cheerful service. Always reliable. Good beer garden.


Shahi Balti, 5 Mill Street, Abergavenny. Tel: 01873 859201. Good Indian restaurant, with good service and good value.


Boona Too Thai Restaurant, TeL 01873 737757. First Floor, 22a Cross Street, Abergavenny. The owners are an Englishman and his Thai wife. She does the cooking and it is good and authentic thai food.

Church Services

St. David’s at Llanthony. 8.30am every Sunday.

St. Mary’s at Capel-y-ffin. 2.30pm every first and third Sunday of the month.

St. Martin’s at Cwmyoy. 9.30am every Sunday.

St. Michael’s at Llanvihangel Crucorney. 11am every Sunday.

Our Lady and St. Michael's Catholic Church, Abergavenny, Mass 10am and 6.30pm every Sunday.