The Area

Drws Nesa is ideally located for visiting the Welsh borders – the Brecon Beacons are half an hour away, the Forest of Dean in England is half an hour away, and the cities of Bristol and Cardiff are within three quarters of an hour’s drive.

The countryside is ideal for walkers, with many local trails around Usk, as well as longer walks such as Offa’s Dyke and the Usk Valley Walk. There are some picturesque and easy walks along the Monmouth & Brecon Canal, as well as opportunities for boat hire from Goytre Wharf about 20 minutes away.

There is also pony trekking in the Brecon Beacon National Park and we’re not far from several national cycle routes.

Fishing is available on the Usk, there’s a gliding field near by. There are numerous golf courses in the area – including the prestigious Celtic Manor, home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, 20 minutes down the road.

Local Places of Interest

Both Usk and Raglan have castles, which are well worth visiting. Abergavenny, “the gateway to Wales”, has a good market on Tuesdays and hosts an annual international food festival held in September.

Monmouth has plenty of heritage and history, while Caerleon has a Roman amphitheatre and museum. The area has numerous Farmers Markets, including an excellent one in Usk on alternate Saturdays.

Useful links – This is the site for Usk Town Council and its gives a lot of information about where to eat in the area, local attractions and so on. – To find out more about local goings on in Raglan and the surrounding area. – Abergavenny is the traditional gateway to Wales, and is host to the famous annual “Abergavenny Food Festival” held every September and which now takes over the whole town for a week long celebration of food, drink and celebrity chefs.– This gives a brief history of this historic town and of local events and attractions. Chepstow is another historic border town with cobbled streets and a castle whose walls are built on the banks of the River Wye, as well as forming the southern start to Offa’s Dyke.