Put your Best Foot Forward & Explore the Great Outdoors
Follow in the footsteps of the old workers for a mix of history and stunning scenery
Located in the Brecon Beacons National Park on the edge of the Black Mountains, The Goose and Cuckoo was built alongside an old track used by workers from Blaenavon and Cwmavon working at nearby lime kilns and charcoal burning sites. It means there is access to a wealth of great places and walking routes to explore. Below we've put together some ideas of things to do near the Goose and Cuckoo, if you decide to stay with us.
Conquer the surrounding hills and mountains
There are plenty of places to visit near Abergavenny with countless wonderful walks and routes to the summits of the hills and mountains surrounding the picturesque market town. As well as the Skirrid, Blorenge and Sugar Loaf there are plenty of foothills, forest trails and walks to explore full of wildlife, history and stunning scenery.
Navigate your way back to us for a pint after a day on the canal
Goytre Wharf visitor centre on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is down the hill from the pub. It has a nice cafe and boats and cycles available for hire. If you are on a boating holiday and mooring at Goytre Wharf then it’s well worth walking up to us through ancient beech woods, teeming with wildlife, for a well-earned ice cold pint.
A wide range of fishing nearby
If you fancy doing a spot of fishing, then there is plenty of places to reel you in local to us. Just below the pub is the Llanover Estate which has two miles of fishing for brown trout, sewin (sea trout) and salmon at various times of the year.
Join us on the 19th hole after tackling the various local golf courses
If you're in search of things to do near Abergavenny with a sporting flavour then there are plenty of golf courses to challenge golfers of all levels within driving distance of the Goose and Cuckoo. Abergavenny has two fantastic courses alone: Wernddu and the Monmouthshire. If you’re looking for something even more challenging, then the 2010 Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor Resort is under an hour’s drive away.
Castles, churches and other things to do in South Wales
If you're looking for things to do in Monmouthshire
then there is a wealth of historical sites to discover within a short radius of the Goose and Cuckoo. Aside from the many castles and churches to visit in and around Abergavenny just over the hill from us is Blaenavon, which is a World Heritage site. It is home to Big Pit National Coal Museum, a World Heritage Centre, Ironworks and steam railway.
Get into gear and ride along some of the routes from the 2014 British Road Race
Abergavenny is a hotbed of cycling and hosted the 2014 British Road Race won by Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh. It’s also hosted Velothons and stages of the Tour of Britain featuring the nearby Tumble – a climb which many a professional rider has struggled to master. Annually there’s a popular annual cycling festival with rides and routes for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Wake up and Walk!
Fancy staying at the Goose before a day hiking? Book a room!
Spot herons, kingfishers, ducks and moorhens along the canal before climbing through ancient beech woods full of wildlife up to the Goose & Cuckoo, where a warm welcome and well-deserved ice cold drink awaits you on arrival!
Can you reach the summit?
The Sugar Loaf is a moderate climb with most routes manageable for even young children. On a clear day the summit provides breathe-taking views for miles around of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.
Other Walking Routes
Park at the Foxhunter carpark by the radio masts near the Keepers Ponds and tred the well-worn path across to the top of the Blorenge for spectacular views.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Perfect for walking or cycling there are plenty of watering holes to keep you going along this impressive feat of manmade waterways.
Various routes take you around the water’s edge, through fields and woods in the beautiful Welsh countryside.
Climb to the top of the Skirrid various routes lead to the top of the Skirrid for views across the border towards Hereford and the Marches.
An 18-mile walk, this route takes in the three Norman castles of Skenfrith, Grosmont and Whitecastle.
Walk through Pontypool Park past a grotto, which is covered in shells inside, along the top to the famous folly tower which has views right down the Bristol Channel.
So Much to See & Do
There is plenty to see and do for people of all ages, all within just a short drive from the Goose and Cuckoo.
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Learn about our heritage
Big Pit is one of the other places to visit near Abergavenny. Part of Blaenavon World Heritage Site, Big Pit hosts regular activities and events for all the family to enjoy! Experience what life was like underground for Welsh miners with regular tours down the former working mine. Open from 9.30am–5pm daily, admission is free.
A place where history comes to life
Raglan Castle is one of the most impressive castles in the area and perfect for families and couples looking to soak up a spot of local history. It hosts numerous events all the year around from live music to re-enactments and arts and crafts.
Relax and unwind
Nestled at the foot of the Sugar Loaf mountain is the vineyards - one of the best Abergavenny tourist attractions. The venue offers free tours and wine tasting to visitors. The location is perfect for couple or families to relax with a glass of wine and cheese and meat platters while children splash about in the pretty stream which flows through it.
Watersports, walks and picnics
When it comes to finding things to do in South Wales for all the family then Llandegfedd Reservoir offers lots of free activities such as fishing, kayaking and boating. A perfect place for a picnic, with beautiful walks in the woods and around the reservoir, Llandegfedd also has a visitor centre and café.
Fancy a Spot of Golf?
If you are a keen or aspiring golfer then you are spoilt for choice, with numerous golf courses within a short radius of the Goose and Cuckoo.
Monmouthshire Golf Club
Founded in 1892 the golf course is the closest to the Goose & Cuckoo at the foot of the Blorenge. A picturesque mature parkland course, The Monmouthshire suits all levels of golfers.
Wernddu Golf Club
Complete with a driving range and pitch and putt, Wernddu is a beautiful par 69, 18-hole course, perfect for golfers of all ages and abilities. It also offers spectacular views of the Skirrid, Sugar Loaf and Blorenge from all angles.
Raglan Parc Golf Club
This pretty course is set in the heart of rural Monmouthshire, overlooking Raglan Castle. The course is complimented by a 10-bay driving range and practice putting green with a pro shop also onsite.
Hire Canal Boats
There are lots of options for hiring boats of all shapes and sizes on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, for people of all ages and abilities.
Redline Canal Boats
Redline have specially designed day-boats available for hire for up to 12-people including a brand-new boat catering for people with disabilities. No previous experience is necessary.
Road House Narrowboats
For those wanting a longer stay on the waterways, Road House Narrowboats have boats which sleep up to 6 people available. The barges are perfect for first-time boaters.
Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire
Backwaters hire out kayaks and canoes for half or full days along the canal with tours also available. Some canoes can also be adapted for an overnight stay.