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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Craig Y Cilau Walk

Craig y Cilau Walk map

Eaten too much at the Food Festival? Walk it off here! This walk takes in the fascinating industrial landscape of the Llangattock escarpment and the beautiful Craig Y Cilau nature reserve. There’s an optional, more challenging section that includes the summit of Mynydd Llangatwg and makes the walk circular. The walk is just over 4 […]

On the Rampage in 1912

Women were challenging Lloyd George on his home ground over his refusal to give them the right to vote. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports When the Liberals won a landslide victory in the General Election in 1906, they began a wide platform of social reforms including the introduction of national insurance and […]

Lock Up!

Unfortunately the rainy weather hasn’t deterred thieves this summer and Monmouthshire officers are urging residents to check their shed and garage security to make sure they don’t get targeted. Unfortunately the rainy weather hasn’t deterred thieves this summer and Monmouthshire officers are urging residents to check their shed and garage security to make sure they […]

Be part of something special!

Synergy at Llangollen in 2011

Do you enjoy singing into your hairbrush in front of the mirror, or warbling in the shower? Even if you don’t but you do fancy improving your singing voice, here is the perfect opportunity to do so on a free 6 week course run by Abergavenny-based men’s choir – Synergy. If you haven’t heard of […]

Young Explorers are Quizzed

crick the dragon

There’s a new explorer in town and he goes by the name of Crick the Dragon. The engaging character is the star of five free quiz trails that have been developed for children (and their families) as a way of exploring and learning more about who and what lives in Crickhowell and the surrounding area. […]

The Hedgerow Handbook: Recipes, Remedies and Rituals by Adele Nozedar

The Hedgerow Handbook

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us an insight into what’s good to read this month. If there’s one distinctive feature of the British countryside, it has to be the hedgerow. In fact, hedgerows are such an established part of our landscape that sometimes we take them for granted. But take a closer look, and […]

Grwyne Fawr Valley

grwyne fawr map

What could be a better way to celebrate the great outdoors than a walk in the Black Mountains? Hopefully the sun will be shining and the ground will be dry enough for a picnic! NB: Due to access disputes, we no longer recommend returning via the road at the valley floor. Click the map for […]

Carry On Camping


Hannah Hill, Editor of the Focus, talks about her fear of and subsequent love affair with camping. ‘I’ve got an idea,’ said my husband as I pored lovingly over the holiday brochures in front of me, depicting Caribbean Islands and azure seas, ‘Let’s go camping.’ My head snapped up. I peered over the top of […]

Nature’s fireworks in the August night sky

The Milky Way

As the evenings draw in with autumn just around the corner, it is a wonderful time to sit back, while it is still warm enough, and watch the stars emerge one by one as night falls. By the end of August the sun sets just after 7pm and by 8:30 it is quite dark.  Not […]

Culinary Crusaders head for Abergavenny

Walkers Are Welcome patron, Kate Humble

Box office is now live for the 2012 Abergavenny Food Festival. Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin – one of the UK’s largest independent private client investment managers – the weekend of 15 & 16 September is a totally immersive experience, a special time for celebration and feasting. Here’s your chance to take some risks, try something […]

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