Sunday, 20 April 2014


Didn't we have a lovely day the day we went to --- Abergavenny. First outing of the year for Rascal was an idyllic rural campsite in the Welsh Brecons - Pyscodlyn Farm - at the foothills of Sugarloaf Mountain. 

A gate to the rear of the campsite leads to a footpath along the river Usk into the centre of Abergavenny.

If you are ever that way let us recommend breakfast at "Eat You Heart Out", bottom of the high street in Aber, evening meal at Venue 59 at the George, best pub is the Bell at Glangrwyney a mile or two beyond Aber - but avoid the Lamb and Flag if you possibly can!

A round trip took us to Tallybont on Usk where the canal crosses the Usk and was a major trading route when mining was at its height and before the railways took over. 

There are a number of great walks in the area including the Henry Vaughan Way. Henry Vaughan was a Welsh author, physician and metaphysical poet, his twin brother a hermetic philosopher and alchemist. Along the Way are marker posts with quotes from Henry. Then onto Llangorse Lake. Prehistoric settlers were attracted to Llangorse Lake because of it offered food and water where there was a natural opening in a landscape which at that time would have been densely wooded. In 1868 an Iron Age Crannog was discovered on a small man made island of stones just off the northern shore of Llangorse Lake (Bwlc Island). This island would have supported a small number of buildings. Similar dwellings known as Crannogs have identified in many locations in Ireland. In 1925 a remarkably well preserved dug-out canoe dating from 800 AD was found and can be seen in Brecon Museum.

Y-Fenni itself has much history on offer and its castle and museum, being free from English Heritage, has free public access! Its recent standing stones also testimont to the fact that it hosted an Eisteddfod

Did try, but afraid they didn't declare me king of england :-/

might go off n join Owen Glendowers lot :)

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