Blaenafon Walks Pack
Discover the hidden corners of the Blaenafon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site using this pack of walks leaflets. The walks pass historical sites from the Bronze Age, through the Industrial Revolution and into a landscape and history that inspired famous author Alexander Cordell.
The walks range from easy strolls to energetic hikes with distances of just under 4 km (2 ½ miles) to just over 18 km (12 miles). You can tailor your walks to suit yourself from a quick walk around Garn Lakes while you’re waiting for your underground tour at Big Pit or combine several of the walks to provide a whole day of exploration. Each walk starts and finishes at a convenient car park, village centre, pub, picnic site or a heritage attraction.
The walks included in the pack are as follows:
The Iron Mountain Trail – Part One
Takes you over and around the Blorenge Mountain on former tramways and ancient paths, passing through the site of Garnddyrys Forge and taking in breathtaking views out over the Usk Valley. This can be linked with the IMT part two for a longer walk. Download a copy of the Iron Mountain Trail – Part One leaflet here.
The Mynydd Y Garn-Fawr
A circular walk in part across open mountain, that passes old parish markers, bronze age cairns and a show jumpers grave! Download a copy of the Mynydd Y Garn-Fawr leaflet here.
The Whistle Stop Tour
A circular walk through Garn Lakes and along old trackways that take you past the Blaenafon Railway and Big Pit. Download a copy of the Whistle Stop Tour leaflet here.
The Iron Mountain Trail – Part Two
Explore the more industrial landscape of the World Heritage Site, passing through the former village of Pwll Du and many of the historic features which make this landscape of world significance such as the Blaenafon Ironworks. This walk can be linked with the IMT Part one for a longer walk. Download a copy of the Iron Mountain Trail – Part Two leaflet here.
Blaenafon Industrial Landscape
This walk has been designed to guide visitors around part of the World Heritage Site to see some of the heritage features that contribute towards its recognition as outstanding in terms of its industrial heritage. Included on the walk are numerous Grade I, II and III Listed Buildings. It takes in open mountain, woodlands and the Town of Blaenafon. Download a copy of the Blaenafon Industrial Landscape leaflet here.
Carn Y Gorfydd
A more rural short circular walk in the World Heritage Site, dropping down into farmsteads along green lanes. Download a copy of the Carn Y Gorfydd leaflet here.
Goytre Wharf to Blaenafon Landscape
An energetic circular walk of 14 miles, taking in the historic lime kilns at Goytre Wharf, the Holy Well and the Goose and Cuckoo country inn. Download a copy of the Goytre Wharf to Blaenafon Landscape leaflet here.
Last Modified: 06/09/2022
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