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Points of Interest near the Cambrian Way

With links for further information on the Internet (Arranged from Cardiff to Conwy)

Southern Section (Cardiff to Llandovery)   Central Section   Northern Section

Please note that the link from the Grid Reference of each point will not work on devices unless they have graphics that are compatible with Windows 7 or later.

Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo
  Cardiff Castle   Cardiff Centre - Guidebook Map 1.   ST181765
 A Victorian Gothic fantasy built on the remains of Norman and Roman ruins, with a colourful interior. The official starting point of the Cambrian Way.   Official website 
  Restored Water Wheel   Ty Mawr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff. Directly on the route - Guidebook Map 1.   ST142800
  The Melingriffith water pump is a water wheel driven water pump whose purpose was to use the waste stream from the Melingriffith Tin Plate Works to pump water back into the Glamorgan Canal.   Wikipedia Entry 
  Castell Coch   Hillside above Tongwynlais, Cardiff. Directly on the route - Guidebook Map 1B.   ST131826
  Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais, Cardiff.   Cadw website 
  The Arches or Three Bears' Cave   Fforest Fawr above Castell Coch, Tongwynlais. Just left of route - Guidebook Map 1B.   ST136836
  The Three Bears' Cave has been used as a filming location for Doctor Who and Sherlock. Originally an iron mine, it has an explanation board to the NW of the forest path.   Doctor Who Locations
  Fforest-fawr Sculpture Trail   Fforest Fawr above Castell Coch, Tongwynlais. Just left of route - Guidebook Map 1B.   ST137837
  A little way past the Three Bear's Cave, a Sculpture Trail goes off to the left and runs parallel to the main track. It is obviously aimed at children, but provides a welcome distraction from the forest track and involves very little extra walking. The trail ends by the car park.
  WW2 Secret Bunker   Coed Coesau Whips, Rudry. Near entry to forest - Guidebook Map 2A.   ST199865
  During the Second World War, Churchill created a resistance force called the Auxiliary Unit and one of their bunkers in Coed Coesau Whips has now been restored and has an explanatory notice board. The site is now enclosed by a metal fence with a grid covering the holes in the ground, so it it is not easy to see inside, but this photo by Rodry ap Hywel shows the site before these were fitted. It is located near the track between the point where the Ridgeway Path turns sharply south and the Maenllwyd Inn, Rudry. Take the path uphill to the right just past a wide metal barrier and gate.   See More   Special Duties Branch Entry
  Blaen Bran Community Woodland   By Blaen Bran Reservoirs - Guidebook Map 3.   ST264973
  After descending down from Mynydd Henllys to the track by Blaen Bran Reservoirs there is a green kissing gate (not designed for those with large rucksacks) leading into the Blaen Bran Community Woodland where a broad track leads past wooden sculptures the reservoir and rejoins the route three quarters of a mile further on. This provides a pleasant detour along a smoother track without adding to the distance. The area can be explored further if time permits.   Blaen Bran website
  Pontypool Park Gates (Pontymoile Entrance)   Usk Road, Pontypool - Guidebook Map 3B.   SO291005
  Pontypool park is leased to the Local Authority by the Hanbury-Tenison family who are substantial landowners who made their fortune as iron founders. The Pontymoile park gates were first made in 1720 but were remodelled into their present form in 1835 according to the Torfaen Council website, and are now Grade II listed.   See More     Wikipedia Entry Pontymoile Gates     Wikipedia Entry Pontypool Park
  Shell Grotto   0.6 miles NE of Pontypool. 50 yards left of route - Guidebook Map 4.   SO293010
  The Shell Grotto or Shell Hermitage stands on the ridge on the boundary of Pontypool Park. Built in the late 18th century it is considered the best surviving grotto in Wales and is a Grade II listed building.   Wikipedia Entry
  Folly Tower   1.5 miles NNE of Pontypool. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 4.   SO295025
  The Folly or Watch Tower stands on the hill above Pontypool Park. Originally built around 1770 on the site of a Roman Watch Tower, it was demolished in 1940 to avoid being used as a landmark for German bombers. Rebuilding work started in 1990 and it was reopened in 1994.   Wikipedia Entry
  Foxhunter's Grave   Minor road from Abergavenny to Blaenavon. 30 yards W of route - Guidebook Map 5.   SO263108
  The champion showjumping horse Foxhunter died in 1959, and was his skin buried on the Blorenge mountain, between Abergavenny and Blaenavon. His skeleton is displayed in the Royal Vetinary Museum. A memorial plaque listing Foxhunter's achievements marks the site and a car park is situated nearby. When Sir Harry died in 1999 his ashes were scattered around the horse's memorial.     Wikipedia Entry
  Tramway under Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal   Descent of Blorenge towards Abergavenny. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 5.   SO285130
  Where the path descends to the canal from Blorenge, it is part of a tramway which carried limestone and ore for shipping on the canal. There are two trams on display and an information board. The canal has a basin for barges and the tramway, which is on the route of the Cambrian Way, runs underneath the house and canal towards Abergavenny.
  Ancient Oak Tree  Opposite Llanfoist Cemetery Gates. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 5.   SO290138
  Opposite the gates of Llanfoist Cemetery, near the bank of the River Usk on the way towards Abergavenny, there is an ancient oak with an iron circular seat which has been absorbed into the tree.
  Abergavenny Castle  South of town centre. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 5.   SO300139
  Abergavenny castle, built by the Normans, is a Grade I listed building which is now in ruins. It had a stone keep, towers, and ditch as fortifications. It also housed the family and army of the lord and had cellars, kitchens, a great hall, gatehouse, and a chapel. There is a Museum set in the grounds of the Castle where you can enjoy a picnic during the summer. Admission is free.     Castle Wikipedia Entry
  Partrishow Church  On Hill above Village, 0.8 miles W of route - Guidebook Map 5.   SO279224
  The church is named after St Issui, an early Celtic saint who is thought to have built a cell here. The site became a place of pilgrimage after he was murdered. Among the church's treasures are an exquisite rood screen, carved out of Irish oak, and some interesting medieval wall paintings.     Church on Visit Wales website
  St Martin's Church, Cwmyoy  In Vale of Ewyas, 1 mile E of route - Guidebook Map 5.   SO299233
  St Martin's in Cwmyoy, near Abergavenny, is a pretty little crooked church with a leaning spire. No part of it being square or at right angles with any other part. This is the result of being built on ground where subsidence has occurred.     Brecon Beacans website
  Dialgarreg - The Revenge Stone  Ridge 2.3 miles N of Fforest Coal Pit. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 6.   SO283240
  The remains of the cross commemorating the murder of Richard de Clare, Marcher Lord, in 1136.     Landscapism blogspot     Geograph Photo 1     Geograph Photo 2
  Bal Mawr Trig Point  Ridge 1.3 miles W of Llanthony. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 8.   SO267271
  The trig point on Bal Mawr at 607m (1991ft) has an interesting plaque dating from the O.S. "adopt a trig point scheme" and bearing the message "On all the peaks lies peace. Goethe" (Perhaps a message for those who opposed the CW on the basis that it should not go over mountain tops!)
  Capel-y-ffin  Village in Vale of Ewyas. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 8.   SO255315
  Capel-y-ffin meaning Chapel of the Boundary, has a charming chapel dedicated to St Mary which is normally open to the public and is one of the smallest in Wales. A third of a mile to the west, on the route into the village, lies the Monastery, which is now used for self-catering accommodation, with a very interesting history.    Wikipedia Entry
  Twmpa or Lord Herefords Knob   Peak in the Black Mountains - 2,263ft (690 metres). Directly on route - Guidebook Maps 8 & 9.   SO225350
  There is a fine panoramic view from the summit. "Twmpa" means "mound". In the local Radnorshire dialect an "Unty Twmp" is a molehill.    Wikipedia Entry   There is also an amusing but rather bawdy song with lyrics and video.
  Pen Twyn Glas   Minor peak in the Black Mountains 2119ft (646 metres). Directly on route - Guidebook Map 10.   SO213257
  The two slabs mentioned on Map 10, 300 yards north of Pen Twyn Glas, have names carved on them, one Scottish, the other, headed "Dinas" the name of a Victorian MP for Herefordshire. Although they look like (and may be) gravestones, they are merely used as boundary marker stones.
  Table Mountain or Crug Hywel   Hill overlooking Crickhowell 1480ft (451 metres). Directly on route - Guidebook Maps 10 & 10A.   SO225207
  Crug Hywel or Table Mountain is a flat-topped hill which was once an Iron Age Hill Fort. Though not as high as other hills in the Black Mountains, it is an imposing sight towering over the town of Crickhowell to which it gives its name.     Wikipedia Entry
  Steps up Canal Bridge   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 11   SO208172
  After following the canal towpath from Llangattock, the exit onto the road is up some steps built into the wall of the bridge.
  Ogof Agen Allwedd - Locked Cave on Llangottock Escarpement   Directly on Route - Guidebook Map 11   SO190157
  Ogof Agen Allwedd is one of the most extensive caving systems in Wales with over 20 miles of underground passages. The entrance is kept locked with access by a key which must be signed for together with details of the route being taken (in the photo also guarded by sheep!)     Wikipedia Entry
  The Chartist Cave   Remote location on Mynydd Llangynidr. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 12   SO127152
  The Chartist Cave or Ogof Mawr (Large Cave) was once in the middle of wild remote area of moorland and was an ideal hiding place for Chartist Rebels to stockpile weapons. Nowadays, there is a well trodden path leading past the entrance, where there is a plaque explaining the history.     Wikipedia Entry     Caves of South Wales
  Tommy Jones' Obelisk   0.75 miles W of Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 15   SO000218
  The Obelisk was erected to mark the spot where the body of a five-year-old boy was found in the summer of 1900. He had wandered a long way up the mountain after getting lost and it was only after weeks of searching that his body was finally found. Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in South Wales at 2906ft (886 metres) and it is said that if you take an eastern line from the top of Pen y Fan it will not meet a mountain as high until you get to the Urals.     National Trust Entry
  Waterfall and Cliff   Rhos Dringarth, Brecon Beacons. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 16   SN949201
  When crossing Ross Dringarth, about 2.1 miles west of Storey Arms there is a stream crossing at SN949201. There is an impressive waterfall and cliff with interesting rock banding, trees and plants, making a good place for a break. There is also a good view down to Ystradfellte Reservoir to the south.
  Maen Llia   4 miles N of Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons. Close to Main route - Guidebook Map 16 & 17   SN924192
  Maen Llia is a Standing Stone 3.7 metres high thought to date from the Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago. It lies 60 yards East of a minor road running from Ystradfellte to Hoel Senn and Brecon. It has a very attractive explanation panel which is shaped like the stone itself.     Wikipedia Entry
  Crai Stone Tower   Close to A4067 near Bwlch Bryn-rhudd. 100 yds SW of Main (Cnewr) route - Guidebook Map 17   SN870196
  There was considerable speculation about the age and purpose of this Tower, which is about 12 ft tall and marked on OS maps. The latest theory is that it was a ventilation shaft for the tunnel carrying water from the Crai Reservoir to the filter bed at Nantyrwydd. It was probably built early in the 20th century and was restored in July 2015.     Images of Wales Entry
  Shelter on Fan Brycheiniog   Summit of Fan Brycheiniog. Directly on Main route - Guidebook Map 18   SN825218
  There is a circular stone structure with "seats" on the top of Fan Brycheiniog which gives good shelter from the wind for a lunch break. It is also worth walking 0.2 miles N to Fan Foel to see the Excavated Burial Cairn and the views.     Cadw Entry for Burial Cairn
  Rescue Shelter by Llyn y Fan Fach   Below Dam of Llyn y Fan Fawr. On Llanddeusant Hostel Variant - Guidebook Map 19   SN803220
  There is a rescue shelter below the dam at Llyn y Fan Fach which can be used for shelter in bad weather. There are fixed wooden benches inside and a fireplace, though it this is not a bothy and should only be used in emmergencies. (Note it is now recommended to follow the Beacons Way before reaching the dam, in which case it is 0.4 miles off the route.)     Enlarged Photo    Legend of Llyn y Fan Fach
  Filter Beds / Fish Farm   Near Blaenau, Llanddeusant. On Llanddeusant Hostel Variant - Guidebook Map 19   SN797239
  The Fish Farm is part of an operation based at Blaenau shown in Map 19. Just before Blaenau there is a large newly stoned car park with an information board which has a map of Forest Fawr and features the Legend of Llyn y Fan Fach (The Lady of The Lake).   In the season refreshments may be available a the next farm at Blaenau SN794241.
  Llanddeusant Church   Llanddeusant Village. On Llanddeusant Hostel Variant - Guidebook Map 19   SN777245
  Llanddeusant Church (Church of the Two Saints) is open and very interesting comprising a nave and side aisle which is as large as the nave, both barrel roofed. It is a very early Celtic site which was once a monastery. There was an exhibition of good quality pottery which is available for purchase, a folder containing extracts of work by local authors including Richard Vaughan, whose book "Moulded in Earth" was set there, and another folder of photos and descriptions of the excavations of the cairn at Fan Foel.     British Listed Buildings Entry
  Myddfai Community Hall & Visitor Centre   Opposite Myddfai Church. Directly on route - Guidebook Map 19   SN792301
  Myddfai Community Hall and Visitor Centre was created with funding from the Big Lottery Village SOS Scheme. It has a café in very comfortable and friendly surroundings and a good craft and gift shop too.
  Llwynywermod Estate   0.9 miles N of Myddfai. 0.5 miles W of route - Guidebook Map 20   SN770316
  The route runs about half a mile west of the farmhouse of Llwynywermod Estate (Llwynwormwood English spelling), Prince Charles' Welsh home and through areas which formed part of this ancient estate. The old coachhouse was converted into the residence using traditional building techniques and the courtyard buildings are used for holiday lettings when Prince Charles is not in residence.     Wikipedia Entry, Llwynywermod
  Statue to Llwelyn ap Gruffudd Fychan   Llandovery - 0.1 miles from route - Guidebook Map 20   SN748343
  A 16-foot (4.9 m) high stainless steel statue to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan was unveiled in 2001 on the north side of the ruins of Llandovery Castle, overlooking the place of his execution six hundred years earlier.     Wikipedia Entry, Llandovery

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