GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blorenge Walk

7 miles (12 km)

This challenging walk takes you around this prominent hill in the southeastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The hill is located near Abergavenny and rises to a height of 561m (1,841ft).
This popular walk starts at the car park next to Keeper's pond and follows footpaths across the hill before climbing to the summit. There are fabulous views of the Usk Valley, Sugarloaf Mountain and Skirrid Fawr. You'll also pass through the Punchbowl on the eastern side of the hill. This delightful area has a large pond and woodland which attracts a wide variety wildlife.
If you're interested in more hill climbing in the area then Sugarloaf Mountain and Skirrid Fawr are also easily reachable from Abergavenny.

Blorenge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Blorenge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head into Blaenavon and you could reward yourself with post walk refreshments at the splendid The Butterflies Bar and Kitchen. The historic gastropub dates all the way back to 1832 and has a delightful interior. The food is of a high quality with steaks that are renowned in the area. They have even won an award for “best steaks and grills” in South East Wales. There are two restaurant areas including a lovely Garden Room with views onto the courtyard and the large walled garden. The Cwtch room is part of the original 19th century pub and includes a cosy fire and log burner. You can find them in the town centre at 31 Old Queen Street with a postcode of NP4 9PN.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the western slopes of the mountain you'll find the delightful Keepers Pond. The small lake is a popular place for easy walks, wild swimming and picnics. It's a nice place to rest and relax after your climb.
The hill can also be climbed from nearby Blaenavon by following footpaths north from the town. You can explore the town on the circular Blaenavon Walk. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes a fascinating industrial museum and a wonderful heritage steam railway. You could catch the railway south and visit Pontypool where there's the extensive Pontypool Park to visit. You can also pick up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal here and follow it to the popular Goytre Wharf.
Just to the west you'll find the splendid Clydach Gorge. The scenicsteep-sided valley is where the River Clydach flows to the River Usk. Near here there's also the pretty Gilwern Wharf where there's some lovely scenery and a fine canalside pub.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Brecon Beacons Walks page.

Photos

Path to Blorenge - geograph.org.uk - 492266

Path to Blorenge

Blorenge - geograph.org.uk - 43232

Blorenge and the Usk valley near Abergavenny, viewed from where the footpath enters Caer Wood on the southern slopes of Ysgyryd (Skirrid) Fawr

Lawns and the Blorenge - geograph.org.uk - 1773939

Lawns and the Blorenge. Trees frame lawns dotted with daisies in Linda Vista Gardens. The Blorenge mountain makes a scenic background. Keywords: grass, clouds, landscape, scenery

Footpath leading to the Punchbowl, Blorenge - geograph.org.uk - 1086521

Footpath leading to the Punchbowl, on Blorenge. The path bends to the left and descends steeply down to the Punchbowl

The very edge of the Blorenge - geograph.org.uk - 158132

The very edge of the Blorenge. The humps and bumps at the edge of the Blorenge are the remains of intense industrial activity from 100 years ago. The view can be spectacular, Skirrid visible middle distance.

Summit cairn on Blorenge - geograph.org.uk - 284902

Summit cairn on Blorenge. The distinctive top of the Sugar Loaf is in the middle distance.

Keeper's Pond - geograph.org.uk - 1369687

View north-east across the Keeper's Pond to the west of the mountain. It appears suspended in mid-air but drains steeply down the valley from the far end. At 475m above sea level, it provides great views across the Usk Valley towards the cone of the Sugarloaf Mountain on the other side. The pond was built around 1824 to provide water for the Garn Ddyrys Forge near Govilon in the valley below. It is probably known by this name as it was near the house of the Earl of Abergavenny's gamekeeper. Its Welsh name of Pen-ffordd-goch, translates as 'head of the red road', probably a reference to the red sandstone which was used in the construction of the mountain road to Govilon.

Elevation Profile

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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