GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

The Kymin

2 miles (3 km)

Climb to the 245m (800ft) summit of Kymin Hill and enjoy wonderful views down the Wye Valley, up into the Brecon Beacons and across to the Malvern Hills. The National Trust owned site also has nice woodland trails and the Grade II listed Round House built in the late 18th century. There is also a Naval Temple built in 1800 to commemorate the second anniversary of the British naval victory at theBattle of the Nilein 1798. In the early 19th century Vice AdmiralHoratio Nelson visited the Naval Temple and the Roundhouse on Kymin Hill, where he enjoyed the magnificent views. On a clear day you can see Abergavenny with Blorenge, Sugarloaf Mountain, Skirrid, Pen-y-fan and Corn Du.
The Kymin Dash takes place on the hill every year. The course covers about 7 miles, circling the town and both ascending and descending the Kymin by forest tracks, field paths and minor roads.
It's easy to extend your walk in this lovely area. You can pick up the Wye Valley Walk and head along the river to the mysterious King Arthur's Cave and Symonds Yat Rock where you can enjoy more great views and a number of waymarked walking trails.
You can virtually explore the Kymin by using the google street view link below!


NP25 3SE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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The Kymin OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

The Kymin Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Soft drinks and snacks are avaiable in the roundhouse and there's also picnic areas on the site.

Dog Walking

The area is a nice place for dog walking, though it is advised to keep them on leads.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the south you could visit the interesting village of St Briavels. Here you will find the historic St Briavels Castle which dates back to the 12th century and is open to the public under the care of English Heritage. The village can be accessed by crossing the Bigsweir Bridge over the Wye from Llandogo in Wales to St Briavels in England on the other side. In Llandogo you can enjoy a walk to the pretty Cleddon Falls on the River Cleddon.
Near here there's Brockweir where there is easy access to the historic ruins of Tintern Abbey and Tintern Old Station, where you can learn all about the history of the local railway.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wye Valley Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Silver Birch trees at the Kymin - - 606872

Silver Birch trees in Beaulieu Wood.

Beehives at the Kymin - - 1500871

Beehives at the Kymin

Justin's Hill and Wyesham from the Kymin - - 472054

Justin's Hill and Wyesham from the Kymin

View from the Kymin - - 1500875

View from the Kymin

Looking east from the Kymin - - 890911

Looking east from the Kymin View over fields and woodland on the western fringe of the Forest of Dean. The hill is shown on mapping as having Buck Stone at its crest (279m) and is in Gloucestershire just west of Staunton.

View west from The Kymin - - 890847

View west from The Kymin. In the foreground are the trees sheltering the houses on the Kymin Hill. The middle distance is taken up with the town of Monmouth spread out on a welcome patch of July sunshine. In the blue far distance are the hills around Abergavenny with Blorenge, Sugarloaf and Skirrid clear as well as Pen-y-fan and Corn Du just to the left of the Sugarloaf's cone. The Black Mountains and Hay Bluff are over to the right.

The Kymin, near Monmouth - - 1179660

The Round House at the Kymin, and Naval Temple beyond (in background).

Trace Of Hereford and Gloucester Canal, Kymin - - 1366839

Trace Of Hereford & Gloucester Canal. A rise in the road, this shallow depression behind a garden and the house's name (Canal House!) indicate the course of the former Hereford & Gloucester Canal, long abandoned, but still easily identifiable hereabouts.


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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