The Village of Govilon
Govilon is situated at the foot of the majestic Blorenge mountain which dominates the Usk Valley here at the “Gateway” to Wales. The village nestles quietly where the energetic Cwm Shenkin Brook flows off the hills and out onto the floodplain of the glorious River Usk. Its situation provides panoramic views of the well known hills and countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The village owes its origin to the brook. This provided power to a small number of mills and forges; the name Govilon itself is thought to derive from the word “gefail” which is Welsh for forge. During the early 1800s, the canal arrived, and was soon followed by tramways and then a railway. Today, only the canal remains, and so the village maintains a very rural nature.
This picturesque rural aspect belies the fact that it is only three miles from the popular and bustling market town of Abergavenny. Govilon is also so close to the historic South Wales valleys that parts of the village actually lie within the Blaenavon World Heritage site.
The village has excellent transport links. Abergavenny Railway station provides quick train links to just about everywhere. Local winding lanes soon connect to fast routes such as the Head of the Valleys highway so that car travel is quick and easy. With ease of access and good local roads Govilon is easy to reach and ideal as a base to explore around and about. This corner of Wales has something to suit everyone.
Govilon itself has much to offer. Local services include two public houses, a post office, village shop, garage, church and chapel, and canal wharf. The area is excellent for walking and cycling with countryside, environment and industrial heritage opportunities. The River Usk and the Canal provide a range of watersports activities including fishing. The hills provide some of the best hang- and para-gliding sites in the UK.
Govilon truly is a special place, but don’t take our word for it. Look through our website, or better still come and visit, you’ll be assured a warm and inviting welcome.