Usk Valley Walk

Usk Valley Walk Map

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The River Usk begins life as a peaty trickle on the slopes of Fan Brycheiniog in the Brecon Beacons National Park. By the time it reaches the pretty market town of Brecon it is a sizeable river flowing swiftly along a lush green valley separating the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. At Abergavenny, a bustling market town dominated by its ruined Norman castle, the river leaves the National Park and meanders past quaint villages and the historic market town of Usk before entering the Severn Estuary at Newport.

The Usk Valley Walk follows the River Usk upstream from Caerleon, just north of Newport, to Brecon. Never straying very far from the river, this easy walk follows field, woodland and riverside paths, forest tracks and the towpath of the Monmouth and Brecon Canal through an unspoilt landscape of rolling hills, patchwork fields and woodland.

Along the way it visits several charming villages and little towns including Usk, Abergavenny and Crickhowell; passes a succession of inviting waterside inns; and takes in a wide variety of sites of historic interest such as the extensive Roman remains at Caerleon, the castle ruins at Usk and Abergavenny, Brecon Cathedral and St Mary's Church at Abergavenny, which has the finest collection of effigies in Britain. Other highlights include the wonderful views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains from the canal towpath, the wildflowers along the riverbanks and the birdlife on the river.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoying the sound of the water as you follow the River Usk through the Brecon Beacons National Park.
  • Exploring the ancient ruins at Caerleon, Usk and Abergavenny.
  • Admiring a variety of scenery, from pretty riverside woodland to the dramatic peaks of the Black Mountains.

Usk Valley Walk

Total Distance 48.5 miles (77 km)
Start and Finish Caerleon to Brecon
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Usk Valley rainbow over Black Mountains
Usk Valley river Usk
Usk Valley canal boats
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
UVW1 5 nights, 4 days walking £435 per person More Information Book Online
UVW2 6 nights, 5 days walking £520 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Usk Valley Walk Taster Break

Usk Valley Walk Trail Taster Break (Northern Section)
Usk Valley Walk Map

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Total Distance 24 miles (38 km)
Start and Finish Abergavenny/Brecon
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

For those wanting to try the Usk Valley Walk but are short on time, this Taster Break showcases some of the highlights of the trail, ideal for a weekend getaway. Setting off from the bustling market town of Abergavenny the trail stays close to the river, meandering through tranquil woodland with excellent views of the Black Mountains from the clearings.

Once through the villages of Llangattock and Crickhowell the trail climbs uphill, rewarding walkers with breath-taking panoramic views, before descending into the friendly village of Talybont-on-Usk. The final leg of the walk then encounters more attractive woodland and excellent viewpoints before rejoining the water's edge and following it to the finishing point in Brecon.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring the fascinating ancient ruins at Abergavenny before setting off on your walk.
  • Passing through the quaint villages of Llanfoist, Govilon, Llangynidr and many others.
  • Walking through pleasant woodland and enjoying the variety of colourful wild flowers and birdlife.

Return to start included: Please note that this itinerary also includes transportation for your group and your luggage back to the starting point of your holiday at no extra cost.

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Sand Bridge
Moorings between Llanelly and Crickhowell
The Brecon Beacons in Autumn sunshine
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
UVWT1 4 nights, 3 days walking £360 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.