Visitor Information

Things to Do

Govilon is the ideal base for an activity holiday or break and provided you are properly equipped the activity you are looking for here. Local activities include walking, cycling, riding, fishing, hang gliding, pony trekking, canoeing, climbing and caving. From the strenuous to the sedate, all are within easy reach of Govilon.

Walking

Walking in the Govilon area is one of the “musts” for all visitors. Our village walking leaflet, available from village outlets, provides three gentle strolls to explore the village and its surroundings. Longer distance and more strenuous walks start from the village and details on these, including leaflets, can be picked up from the Information centres at Crickhowell (CRiC – open 7 days a week), and Abergavenny and at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre.

Each year we run three guided walks centred on the village. These explore the local countryside and its rich history. Each are led by a local historian and are supported by National Park and World Heritage wardens. Details of all the walks are advertised on this site. Additionally information on these walks and others occurring locally can be found on the Crickhowell Walking Festival site, and on the Brecon Beacons National Park Site.

The famous South Wales Three Peak Trial (the third oldest event of its type in the UK) takes place each spring. The route passes through Govilon and is an event designed to test endurance and map reading skills. It takes in the three dominant peaks that surround the Usk Valley near Govilon, The Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Mountains. Details can be accessed at http://www.threepeakstrial.co.uk/.

Govilon is on the route of the 48 mile Usk Valley Walk, a long distance pathway starting in Caerleon and ending in Brecon. Details on the walk can be found on their website and a route guide is available to purchase. See the Usk Valley Walk website for outlets for the guide.

Boating

The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal passes through Govilon. The towpath provides a key access route through the village and Govilon wharf provides a location for many pleasure boats that use the canal. There are additional mooring points throughout the village.

Though the canal is not linked to any other waterways, several hire-boat bases situated near Govilon offer everyone a chance to cruise the rewarding route between Brecon and Cwmbran.

There is only one flight of locks to tackle along the 35 miles route, at Llangynidr – making unhurried cruising a pleasure. Otherwise, the canal largely keeps to the level. This makes it a particularly welcoming canal for the novice or for smaller crews.

Details on the boating can be found on the British Waterways website.

Cycling – Energetic

The many bridle paths, tracks, and lanes that cris-cross the hillsides around Govilon, as well as the open mountain tops provide the ideal landscape for the serious off-road cyclist.
The well known trails at Cwm Carn are less than half an hours drive away. More information is available at: www.mbwales.com/cwm_carn.

A book about Bike rides around West Gwent and the Borderlands is available from Odyn Books.

Cycling – Touring

The area is well suited to touring with fantastic scenery to explore. National cycle Route 46 passes through Govilon on an all weather track now occupying the route of the old Abergavenny to Merthyr railway track. This provides a quiet traffic free and gradual gradient route to explore the fantastic local scenery. More Information from Sustrans.

Cycling – Sport

Govilon village is at the base of the famous cycling climb known as the Tumble. This has often been a key climb in stages of the Tour of Britain and is now a regular section in the Iron Mountain Sportif event in the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling. To find out more visit the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling site.

Fishing

The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is an excellent coarse fishery where carp, bream & roach fishing is permitted all year round Anglers will need an Environment Agency Rod Licence (obtainable online or from Post Offices) and a British Waterways Permit which can be purchased from the British Waterways Office at Govilon Wharf (01873 830328)

The northerly tip of the village sits alongside the bank of the beautiful River Usk. The river constitute some of the finest fishing in Wales. The Usk is noted as an early river for native brown trout and, in most years, the occasional salmon will have taken up residence by March. The season for trout is 3rd March to 30th September and for salmon 3rd March to 17th October

As well as salmon fishing, the river is known for its brown trout and sewyn (sea trout) fishing. The river is a notified Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is a European Special Area of Conservation.

The banks of the River Usk adjacent to Govilon are private. However Abergavenny has approximately 2.5 miles of river with fishing on both banks. It is owned by Monmouthshire County Council and looked after by members of Abergavenny Game Fishing Association. The river is stocked with 12-14inch trout on a yearly basis.

A rod licence is required from the Environment Agency along with a permit which can be purchased from Abergavenny Town Hall and Keith Price Garage, Merthyr Road, Abergavenny. For more information contact Tony Flynn, Secretary of the Abergavenny Game Fishing Association on 01873-857737 or E-mail ajf1957@aol.com

Further information on fishing in the Govilon area can be found at on the Visit Wales (Fishing) website.

Football

Govilon AFC, known as the Badgers, play in local leagues and use the King George V playing fields on the western edge of the village.

Rugby

The National game of Wales is well represented in the area. The nearest club is Abergavenny RFC and they play in Bailey Park, Abergavenny. Details on the club, the fixture list, and range of club activities is available at their website.

Extreme Outdoor Activities

With the best of the great outdoors at its finger tips Govilon hosts businesses specialising in outdoor activities. Please visit the following sites for further information: A4 Adventure, Black Mountain.

A full range of activities available in the area can be found through the following links:

Climbing

The hills around Govilon are not rugged and so are good for walkers but not suited to climbing. Fortunately for those more at home with a harness than a walking stick the numerous man-made quarries in the area provide good quality bouldering and ascencion climbs.

The less experienced amongst us can get a flavour for the joys of the belay through visiting the indoor facilities at Llangorse Rope Centre. Additionally climbing activities can be arranged with local service providers such as A4 Adventure and Black Mountain.

Pot Holing

The Limestone Outcrop above Govilon provides some of the best pot holing in the UK. It also contains some of the longest cave systems in the UK. Ogof Draenan lay largely undiscovered until 1994, but is one of the most significant caves in Britain. It passes under the area and carries water as far south as Pontypool. Further details on the Ogof Draenen system can be found at ogo.org.uk and CavingUK.

Llangattock mountain, just 10 minutes west of Govilon also provides a number of well known cave systems.

For the less experienced and novice pot holers the underground experience can be gained only through specialist providers. A good start is to visit either of the climbing centres located nearby at Llangorse Rope Centre. Alternatively contact local service providers such as A4 Adventure and Black Mountain.

Supported by Dafydd Vaughan