Beacon View, near Monmouth
Walk through heathland and woodland
Coed y Cerrig National Nature Reserve is in the southern part of the Black Mountains within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
There is an accessible boardwalk over the wet valley bottom and a short but steep circular climb through the woodland.
Lying in a small deep valley shaped by glaciers, this small wooded area is hidden away but the road through the reserve was once a busy railway line, carrying materials to construct the Grwyne Fawr reservoir.
A wet alder woodland covers the valley floor – these trees used to be coppiced to make charcoal and soles for clogs.
A mixed woodland, full of fragrant bluebells in spring, clings to the steep valley sides and an oak and beech woodland grows in the deeper soils at the top of the reserve.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.
Notice the multi-stemmed alders – evidence of ‘coppicing’ (cutting to near the base and resprouting).
In spring, look out for showy marsh marigolds and the delicate pink ‘umbrellas’ of valerian growing along boardwalk, and smell the fragrant bluebells growing along the path section.
Enjoy the swathe of bluebells along the path in spring.
The landscape and wildlife varies at Coed y Cerrig National Nature Reserve depending on which time of year you visit – here’s what to look out for.
There are over 70 National Nature Reserves in Wales.
National Nature Reserves are areas of the countryside where special examples of Britain’s habitats and wildlife are protected.
Coed y Cerrig National Nature Reserve is in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The National Park covers approximately 520 square miles of mountains and moorland in South and Mid Wales.
It is looked after by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
For more information about visiting the Brecon Beacons go to the Brecon Beacons National Park website.
The wide and level boardwalk is suitable for wheelchairs.
It starts just over the road from the car park and has passing places and wooden benches.
Coed y Cerrig National Nature Reserve is 4 miles north of Abergavenny.
It is in the county of Monmouthshire.
Coed y Cerrig National Nature Reserve is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 13.
The OS grid reference is SO 293 211.
Take the A465 from Abergavenny towards Hereford.
After 4 miles, turn left into the village of Llanfihangel Crucorney.
After ½ mile turn left onto a minor road to Llanthony.
After 1¼ miles take the left fork, following the brown and white nature reserve signs.
The car park is on the right after 1¼ miles.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Abergavenny.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Car parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.