38. A stroll around Keepers Pond and the Blorenge

Keepers Pond, or Pen-ffordd-goch pond, at 475m above sea level, provides great views across the Usk Valley towards the Sugar Loaf and the Black Mountains.

Further information

The pond is within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site as well as the National Park and examples of the old coal tips can be seen from the car park. This is a popular site for picnics and includes a 400 metre long stone dust path with benches leading to interpretation and seating. The site is also ideal for watching dragonflies in the summer and birds all year round. Hang gliders and paragliders can often be seen launching from the Blorenge. Another 2.5km walk winds its way across heather clad moor land onto the Blorenge. At the end of the path around the pond, cross the small footbridge and turn right. The surface is mainly uneven compacted earth/cropped grass with short sections of stony and rocky ground. There are also two minor roads close to the car park offering easier strolls further a field.

How to get there: Keepers Pond clearly signposted, 3km north of Blaenavon, at the peak of the winding B4246 road between Llanfoist and Blaenavon.

Nearest town or village: Blaenavon or Llanfoist.

OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL13 or Landranger Map 161 - SO 254 107.

Distance: Either up to 400 metres to the view point or up to 2.5km onto the Blorenge.

Contact: National Park Visitor Centre on 01874 623366 or Abergavenny TI & NP Centre on 01873 853254.

Facilities: The nearest information centre, shops and services are in Blaenavon.

Parking: A tarmac surfaced car park overlooks the pond.

Toilets: The nearest toilets are in Blaenavon, Abergavenny or Brynmawr.