GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Llangattock Walks

5 miles (8.2 km)

This pretty village lies in a lovely spot within the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons and the Usk Valley. Walking highlights include the Brecon canal towpaths and the great limestone cliffsof the Llangattock Escarpment.
This circular walk from the village climbs to the escarpment and its associated quarries to the south of the settlement. It's a varied walk with woodland, canalside paths and steep climbs to a wonderful viewpoint above the village.
The walk starts in the village and heads south west along country lanes and public footpaths. You'll cross the Nant Onneu river before climbing to the escarpment where there are some fabulous views over the countryside and hills of the Usk Valley. At the summit there's also ancient cairns, old cave's and rare wild flowers.
Paths will then take you west past the quarries before turning north to Waun Ddu and Cwm Onnau. Here you turn east through the forested area of Coed y Cilau before picking up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to take you back to Llangattock.
At the western end of the route you can extend the walk by exploring the Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve. The reserve includes some interesting rare plantlife, murky caves and wonderful limestone scenery.


NP8 1PA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Llangattock OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Llangattock Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in the village head to the Horse Shoe Inn for some post walk refreshment. They serve good quality food and can be found near the canal at3 Plas Cottages, NP8 1PA.

Dog Walking

The forest and climbs are good for fit dogs and the Horse Shoe Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The village is located just across the river from Crickhowell where you can pick up the Crickhowell River Walk along the Usk. Here you can also visit the 12th century Crickhowell Castle and see the 18th century bridge over the river.
To the south 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.
The epic Cambrian Way passes through the settlement. The long distance waymarked route starts from the city of Cardiff and runs for nearly 300 miles through the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia before finishing on the North Wales coast at Conwy.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Black Mountains Walks and the Brecon Beacons Walks pages.


View towards Craig y Cilau - - 1765268

View towards Craig y Cilau. The great natural amphitheatre formed by the cliffs ofCraig y Cilauand the quarried Daren Cilau was designated anational nature reserveon account of a variety of rare plants, notably species ofwhitebeamendemic to the area. The hollow itself is thought to be a product of both glacial action and a massive rotationallandslipduring the ice ages.

Looking over the Usk Valley - - 1765272

Looking over the Usk Valley

Llangattock Escarpment - - 713133

Llangattock Escarpment. Travelling east above the edge of a small quarry beside the Beaufort road and rounding a bend to the southeast gives this spectacular view along the larger run of quarries.

Roadside at Darren, Llangattock - - 364489

Roadside at Darren. The twisting minor road at Darren above Llangattock affords views towards the Llangattock escarpment. Much of the adjacent land is open country, so freely accessible to those on foot. The original limestone cliffs have been heavily scarred by quarrying although this has long ceased.

Agen Allwedd Cave - - 609736

Agen Allwedd Cave. This is the entrance to Agen Allwedd cave on the Escarpment. The cave is 37.5 km in length and is kept locked for safety reasons, with access by permit only.

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, Llangattock - - 1413646

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, Llangattock. Note the old limekilns on the left of the canal.

View from Chwar Mawr - - 1765282

View from Chwar Mawr

Steep climb through the woods near Llangattock - - 1765270

Steep climb through the woods near Llangattock


GPS Files

GPX File

Llangattock.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Llangattock.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)