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Activities and things to see near Llanthony

There's so much to see and do during your stay at the Half Moon Hotel.
abbey ruins
Church yard

Sightseeing

Llanthony is one of only a handful of places in the world to have been given the accolade of being a designated dark sky at night location. If you are a keen photographer or painter, Llanthony should be on your lists of places to visit; whether it is to photograph the stunning rugged mountains, the amazing night sky, the historical monuments or the wildlife.

 

If your interests lie in old churches or ancient monuments there are many to be seen locally. Within 8 miles there are 7 churches/chapels, and the renowned ruins of Llanthony Abbey is just 200 yards across the field. There are also many other historical monuments and special sites of interest locally, from old castles to nature reserves. We have more details of some of them in leaflets at your disposal during your stay.

 

If you just want to sit and enjoy the scenery, you do not have to go anywhere else, but you can go walking, horse riding or driving to find more fantastic scenery. Remember also the scenery changes through the different seasons, or even throughout the day.

If you wish to explore and see the sights even further - Hay-on-Wye is only about 13 miles away, Abergavenny 10 miles, Crickhowell 17 miles, Raglan 19 miles, Brecon 33 miles and Hereford 24 miles.

Inside a church
Man and dog walking on a moor

Activities to enjoy

There are many activities for you in and around the area, both for the fit (or not!) to the super athletic. Here are a few suggestions :-

Get out and about

  • Geocaching

There are millions of geocaches around the world, just waiting for you to find them.  Llanthony is a good a place  to start or to collect more. Click here for more info. 

https://www.geocaching.com/map/#?ll=51.94427,-3.03629&z=18

 https://www.geocaching.com/play

  • Stargazing

  • Bird watching - we have counted over 50 species in and around the valley

  • Walking/hiking - see below for more information

Walking/hiking

A short walk to the top of the Hatteral Hill will bring you onto the Offa's Dyke path along which the boundary of England and Wales runs. From the top of the hill and on a clear day you can see 9 different counties and take in the breath-taking view of both the typical patchwork quilt landscape of Herefordshire and the counties beyond to one side and the rugged Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons to the other.

There are many walks from The Half Moon suitable for all abilities. We have maps and routes you can use, or there are many routes to download off the internet in preparation for your visit, this is just one of many sites:- http://www.everytrail.com/browse.php?activity_id=13&city=Llanthony&country=United+Kingdom&state=Wales

The Half Moon is within 5 Km of the following long distance walks

Beacons Way (Brecon)158 km / 98 miles < 1 Km
Brecon Beacons Traverse142 km / 88 miles < 1 Km
Cistercian Way (Wales)969 km / 602 miles < 1 Km
Offa's Dyke Path National Trail 285 km / 177 miles 1Km Cambrian Way 441 km / 274 miles 2 Km
Cambrian Way Highlights 23 km / 14 miles 2 Km
Monnow Valley Walk 60 km / 37 miles 3 km


Llanthony also hosts the big black mountain challenge, one of many events locally. Not to be missed is our Llanthony show.
http://www.llanthonyshow.co.uk/

Cycling

We are on the route 42 but for those with mountain bikes there are routes for the adventurous or not so adventurous. Again there are routes that you can download in preparation:

http://blackmountainscyclecentre.com

http://www.breconbeacons.org/cycling-mountain-biking

https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/top-five-bike-rides-in-the-brecon-beacons/

The Half Moon can also be used at a base for activities such as canoeing and climbing.

For more information about things to see near Llanthony and to book your stay at the Half Moon Hotel, call 01873 890611