Look through the calendar to see what is going on in and around the Blaenavon area.
The events listed are no more than 1 hours drive from the World Heritage Site so why not use Oakfield B&B as your base?
Hopefully there is something for everyone!
The Pwll Du tramway tunnel was once the longest of its kind in the world, bringing limestone from quarries in Tyla and Pwll Du to the Blaenafon Iron Works. This walk of about 9 km (6 miles) takes us to both ends of the tunnel.
It’s hard going in places, and so unfortunately isn’t suitable for those with limited mobility, but it’s well worth the effort.
Some parts can be very muddy (and not just in wet weather!), so appropriate footwear and clothing is essential.
Bringing refreshments is advisable too.
A FREE guided walk led by the volunteers of the Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group (BWHEG).
The mountain is sometimes written as Coety (Welsh) but is commonly written as Coity (English) on maps.
A strenuous walk of about 10 km (6 miles), following old mine roads, hill tracks and former railways.
After following the line of the restored Blaenavon Railway to the Whistle pub, we climb Coety Mountain. Eventually we descend via an old mine railway track skirting Mynydd Farteg Fach, and return to the World Heritage Centre once more via the Sustrans cycle track.
Some parts can be muddy in wet weather, and the walk can be exposed, so appropriate footwear and clothing are needed.
Refreshments are also advisable.
In memory of a disaster in July 1929
This is another guided walk led by volunteers of the Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group (BWHEG).
A walk of about 10 km (6 miles) over paths which may be muddy. Suitable for older children, but not recommended for people with limited mobility. We leave the Heritage Centre to join and follow the SUSTRANS cycle path through Garn Lakes and then towards the Racehorse Inn. Near this point, we double back, passing the sites of the former Milfraen and Red Ash collieries and then follow the path past the Coity Tips to return to base.
More information about the disaster can be found here.
Another FREE guided walk led by the volunteers of the Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group.
This walk of about 7 km (6 miles) takes us to the Clydach Gorge, supposedly the haunt of fairies and reputedly (but no proof) once visited by Shakespeare.
The walk will follow the old railway line (now SUSTRANS) and drop down through the woods to Clydach Village. We’ll then visit the old Clydach Ironworks before following the new Heads of the Valleys Road towards Cheltenham Village. Mourning en route the loss of the Drum and Monkey pub (if only for its name!), we’ll recross the road to the ancient Devil’s Bridge, before ascending to rejoin the railway line to Cwm Nant Gam, before returning to our stating point.
There are a couple of steep ascents (and descents), and some parts can be quite muddy in wet weather, but on the whole it’s walkable with appropriate footwear etc.