The Clydach Gorge (Brynmawr to Abergavenny or vice versa) walk
Wild and dramatic Clydach Gorge: waterfalls, cascades, fast-flowing waters, ancient beechwoods as well as an ironworks' ruins and an elevated railway line
17.9 km (11.1 mi), with 368/644m ascent/descent or 18.0 km (11.2 mi), with 656m/380m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
4 out of 10, with 4 ½ hours walking time. Or 6 out of 10, with 5 ¼ hours walking time.
The Clydach, a short and fast river on the boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park, flows off the southern slopes of the Mynydd Llangatwg through a wooded valley to the Usk River. For about 3 km the valley forms the Clydach Gorge/Cwm Clydach, containing waterfalls, cascades, fast-flowing waters and a few caves as well as some ancient beechwoods. The gorge is not only little-visited, but – despite the presence of the A465 Heads of the Valleys dual-carriageway, which also travels along the valley – also wild, dramatic and unspoilt.
The walk is written up in both directions, down or up the valley, and bus stops nearby enable shorter walks.
A start/finish at Abergavenny Bus Station cuts 750m distance, and 30m ascent – if at the end of the walk.
OS Explorer: OL 13 (Brecon Beacons NP East)
Brynmawr Bus Station, map reference SO 191 116, is 11 km west southwest of Abergavenny, 213 km west northwest of Charing Cross, 351m above sea level and in Blaenau Gwent, Wales. It is linked to train stations by several lines: X1 from Cwmbran, X4 from Merthyr Tydfil and Abergavenny, X15 from Newport and the 3 from Abergavenny. All operate Mon-Sat only. Abergavenny Station, map reference SO 305 136, is 30 km south east of Brecon, 202 km west northwest of Charing Cross, 75m above sea level and in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is served by the Welsh Marches Line (Newport – Hereford), connecting at Newport to Paddington, with mostly two trains per hour (total journey time from 135 mins).
Saturday Walkers’ Club: This walk is doable as a daywalk from London. Take a train no later than 09.45.
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Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
Sep-21 Thomas G
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk