The Rock and Fountain Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. It is situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park that covers an area of 519 square miles and is an area of outstanding natural beauty with many recreational activities and amenities within easy travelling distance.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there is much to offer. The area offers outstanding walks to suit all levels of fitness and ability that will take in some of the most beautiful country in the British Isles. The Clydach Gorge, within which the Rock and Fountain Hotel is situated, is renowned for its beauty and has many walks that range from an easy stroll to a strenuous hike. The nearby Monmouth and Brecon canal offers easy, peaceful walks whilst the more extreme Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are close by. There is also Mountain Biking, Hang Gliding, Paragliding, two nearby indoor climbing centres and Pony Trekking with nearby riding centres, The Wern at Llangattock, Llangenny and The Black Mountain.
The golfer is well catered for with many local golf clubs. West Monmouthshire Golf Club boasts the highest tee in the UK and is only a few minutes drive from the Rock and Fountain Hotel. Other golf clubs include Monmouthshire Golf Club outside Abergavenny, Monmouth Golf Club, The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, Merthyr Tydfil, Brecon, Alice Springs near Usk and The Werndu Golf Centre where pro lessons can be arranged with Alan Ashmead PGA.
The Rock and Fountain is also situated within one of the most important caving areas within the UK. Ogof Craig yr Ffynnon, named after the hotel, is situated above in an old quarry and is arguably one of the most beautiful caves in Britain. In fact, the natural spring that flows through the Fountain Restaurant originates within this cave system. Other nearby systems include Ogof Darren yr Cilau, Agen Allwedd and the recently discovered Ogof Draenen which is fast becoming the longest cave system in Britain. These caves however are only for experienced cavers but the impressive show caves of Dan yr Ogof and Cathedral Cave are only a short drive away.
The Valleys of South Wales, is an area rich in industrial heritage with many museums and heritage centres at places like Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Pontypool. Sites to visit include the Big Pit Mining Museum, Blaenafon that takes the visitor on guided tours of an actual mine, the Blaenafon Ironworks, one of Europe's best-preserved 18th century ironworks and a milestone in the industrial revolution. You can also visit the Clydach Ironworks, at the bottom of the Clydach Gorge itself; it can form part of an interesting walk within the gorge and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.
There are of course many castles in South Wales, such as Raglan, Caerphilly, Chepstow and Caerleon Roman Fortress all within easy driving distance.
The most useful maps are those produced by the Ordnance Survey. The Outdoor Leisure map Number 13 showing the Brecon Beacons National Park Eastern Area is an excellent map for the walker at a 1:25,000 scale. Alternatively, the Landranger 161 map showing Abergavenny and the Black Mountains is also an excellent map at the larger scale of 1:50,000.
If you need any help in deciding where to go or how to get there, then please ask and we shall be glad to help.
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