The Area

Drws Nesa is ideally located for visiting the Welsh borders – you can be in the Brecon Beacons, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean in England within half and hour 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 pony trekking in the Brecon Beacon National Park and we’re not far from several national cycle routes. In fact there are exciting off-road cycling opportunities with in the welsh valleys and the Forest of Dean.

Fishing is available on the Usk, there’s a gliding field near by and there are several 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.

Usk Castle

Useful links – to find out what’s happening and what this corner of Wales has to offer – 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.