Clydach, Brecknockshire

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Clydach Gorge
Grid reference: SO225128
Location: 51°48’31"N, 3°7’32"W
Post town: Abergavenny
Postcode: NP7
Dialling code: 01873
Local Government
Council: Monmouthshire

Clydach is a village in southern Brecknockshire near the border with Monmouthshire. Its nearest neighbours are the village of Gilwern and town of Abergavenny. It is split by the A465 road (the 'Heads of the Valleys road') into North Clydach and South Clydach.

Industrial Heritage

Historically its main industry was based around the ironworks on the south side of the valley which have long since closed.

Local walks

The area around the village is popular for hillwalking with many routes tracing the beauty of the nearby Clydach Gorge [1] or Cwm Clydach, and the old trackbed of the Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway is a cycleway and walkway and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal can be walked or travelled by narrow boat.

There is a picnic site and caravan park alongside the River Clydach, easily reached from the A465 Heads of the Valleys road. The ironworks are some 300 yards away, across the river. The ironworks were built during the late 18th century and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. There are also limeworks.

The area is within the Brecon Beacons National Park close to the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site and not far from Big Pit National Coal Museum. Clydach Gorge has been designated a SSSI.

Notable people

  • Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, 1st Baronet, (1815–1884), a British colonial administrator, was born at Clydach House, the son of Edward Frere, manager of Clydach Ironworks.

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