Cwm Claisfer Nature Reserve, Llangynidr
The wooded reserve of Cwm Claisfer is a mixture of commercial forestry with areas of high nature conservation interest. The Trust has a management agreement with the Forestry Commission and works with them to enhance the wood’s biodiversity and accessibility, whilst allowing it to remain commercially viable.
What to look out for:
The best part of the wood has developed below the limestone escarpment of Craig Cwm Claisfer, an area of old red sandstone. This is a mixed ash and alder woodland with a boulder-strewn floor supporting a rich carpet of mosses and liverworts. The site’s different soils produce a mixed ground flora of calcium-loving and calcium-hating plant species. Look out for sanicle, lesser spearwort, St John’s wort, lady’s mantle and a wide range of ferns.
The verges of the wide forest tracks are a good place for spotting butterflies. They can be seen feeding on thistles and other plants on the sunny margins of the woodland rides.
Other things to do...
Although built for a wealthy family to live in comfort, Raglan Castle has many defensive features and is the ideal setting for lively games of knights and warriors.
Pony trekking and riding for experienced riders and beginner
A small mixed woodland not far outside Cwmdu village
A tiny church in a remote spot
Brecon’s centre for the arts and entertainment
A range of cycles to hire – suitable for all the family plus quality mountain bikes – perfect for cycling around Monmouthshire, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the surrounding areas
Romantic ruins, painted by JMW Turner amongst many others, in a breathtaking site – well worth the trip
A wonderful small church hidden away in the hills with some surprises inside
The Oriel CRiC Gallery upstairs in the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre is a beautiful space which showcases creative excellence at its best
The canal passes just a mile from Crickhowell, skirting the edge of Llangattock village on the opposite side of the River Usk. The canal is one of the most picturesque of the UK’s leisure waterways, flowing peacefully through stunning scenery and close to nature
Kevin Walker has been running navigation and hill-skills courses from Crickhowell since 1978, and offers a warm, Welsh welcome
Theatre in the centre of Abergavenny