Flanking the Brecon Beacons National Park, ABERGAVENNY (Y Fenni), seven miles southeast of Crickhowell, is a busy and breezy market town which people flock to primarily for its outstanding cuisine – this reaches its zenith during the September Food Festival. The town is also a useful base for walkers bound for the local mountains: Sugar Loaf, the Blorenge, and the legend-infused Skirrid Mountain (Ysgyryd Fawr). Stretching north from town, the Vale of Ewyas runs along the foot of the Black Mountains, where the astounding churches at Partrishow and Cwmyoy are lost in rural isolation.

Abergavenny also makes a good base for visiting Monmouthshire’s “Three Castles”, set in the pastoral border country to the east.

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