A rural idyll without being isolated

Rural idyll with the luxury of not being isolated

A walk in May

Within a couple of hundred yards of the house is the most amazing walk that has been created along many miles of the route of the old industrial railway line.  A comfortable walk that has a slight incline, tarmac path and the most beautiful trees and wild flowers gracing the sides of the path.  Occasional seats are provided for those who wish to stop and just enjoy the glory of it all.  The more vigorous can cycle along this route and then enjoy an easy downhill spin back to the house!  This path starts in Llanfoist and goes nearly all the way to Brynmawr through the Clydach gorge which is the most incredibly dramatic and beautiful part of the area.  Industrial landscape reclaimed by nature – every now and then you will see the remains where magnificent stones have been used for a railway platform or the arch of some industrial store or tunnel.

Countryside walks along old railway line with stunning views

The path winds along the side of the hills allowing us to enjoy the stunning countryside.  It is difficult to imagine the contrast of this peaceful rural walk which starts at the other end of the village of Llanfoist from the sophisticated facility of a Waitrose super store!

Llanfoist House is in an area of outstanding natural beauty

rural walks along disused railway line countryside beauty

area of outstanding natural beauty national park Brecon Beacons

Looking out across the fields what could be more stunning than a fabulous old tree in the bright green spring meadow – then at your feet the delicate blooms of primroses and violets – this is what we imagine when we think of escaping to the country.

 

Area of conservation for wildlife - safe walkways through countryside

 

Escape the city rat-race and enjoy the country

 

enjoy escape to the country while being able to work in the city

Sunshine, fresh air and a wonderful safe, even walking path – perfect for any age – somewhere safe to take the dogs – or to teach a young one how to ride a bike in complete safety.

Rural life – archadian simplicity – touched with sophisticated living – just perfect

 

views along the cycle and walk path

 

All these pictures were taken while on a walk along the old railway line which goes gently uphill from Llanfoist to Brynmawr.  There are two such walks that pass right by the house – this one and the most beautiful tow-path walk along the Pontypool to Brecon canal – some 26 miles of flat walking along the side of the hills – all the way to Brecon.  It is possible to hire a day boat to take along the canal too – but the walk is really amazing.

 

Low maintenance gardening

 

Clematis montana white and pink formal garden

 

May - Large garden is great for dramatic features

Dramatic features in a woodland garden

Water feature of stream, waterfalls and large pond

Garden folly by large natural pond and stream