Campsites near Abergavenny

Camp in the heart of South Wales’ grandest walking country around hill-flanked Abergavenny.

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Campsites near Abergavenny guide

Overview

Three of South Wales’ most iconic summits—Blorenge, Ysgyryd Fawr and Sugar Loaf—soar up out of the fertile countryside surrounding likeable farming town Abergavenny, and give good indication as to the key activity hereabouts. Fabulous hillwalking begins right outside town in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with Abergavenny well-poised for exploring the park’s eastern portion. The region is also known for its high-quality produce, and there are cracking restaurants in the vicinity.

Where to go

Black Mountains

The Black Mountains prop up the eastern end of Brecon Beacons National Park, a dark, brooding wedge of hills running from Abergavenny to Hay-on-Wye. The long-distance Offa’s Dyke Path trundles across the range, but hiking opportunities are limitless. The main way in for campers is the Vale of Ewyas, with its Abergavenny-Hay-on-Wye road bisecting some remote countryside below the ridges. Sites here are typically simple and small-scale.

Eastern Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons is a national park of four parts. The eastern part of the Brecon Beacons themselves slot in west of the Black Mountains, south of Brecon and north of Merthyr Tydfil. It is the park’s most-visited area, with the highest peak (Pen y Fan, 2907 feet) and easy access from bigger towns such as Abergavenny, at the southeast corner. Campsites in this rugged expanse are in the verdant valleys around the edge and usually family-oriented.

Usk Valley

The sinuous River Usk threads through winsome, much-overlooked countryside south of Abergavenny. This is a green, gently-rolling land with the Brecon Beacons National Park’s bigger summits still looming in the background. There is delightful hiking, including on the long-distance Usk Valley Walk between Brecon and Caerleon, site of some impressive Roman ruins. Wood-fringed riverside campsites are conveniently positioned near the region’s midriff and area pubs.

When to go

Abergavenny is fabled for its festivals, so it’s worth planning a trip around them: Abergavenny Food Festival is the annual showpiece, in September. Crickhowell, just north, also has a walking festival in March. Weather is notoriously capricious here, and April and September can offer the same dry sunny spells that the height of summer can—and the same seemingly never-ending rain too—only without summer’s crowds.

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