Plan your stay

Getting out and about…

We know you'll have a lovely stay here at Garn Farm. You will be welcome to explore the 48 acres of wildlife rich hillside and woodland on your doorstep, with streams to paddle in, views to enjoy, and plenty of picnic, campfire and den-building opportunities.

Start relaxing and you might not feel the urge to leave the site, but if you do you won’t need to go far as there are plenty of wonderful things to do locally which we highlight in this little guide.

You can walk to our three local pubs, take a short drive to visit local farms for ice cream and cider tasting. Go for a mini adventure paddling in the river at Clodock or explore the castle remains in Longtown. Visit our local shop to get supplies before setting off to take in the immediate Black Mountains and Golden Valley areas.

The wider Black Mountains area and Brecon Beacons provide more outstanding walking, as well as biking and pony trekking. There are opportunities for gentle walks with not much hill climbing to the much more adventurous and challenging!

For those looking for pavements Hay on Wye, Abergavenny and Hereford are all within easy reach with their theatres, cinemas, art centres, shops and cafes – see our ‘Guides to’ for things not to miss!

If you’re looking for a course or treatment, we give details of locally available massage, yoga and reflexology sessions, foraging, breadmaking and woodland crafts – as well as some attractions and activities a little further away.

We hope the guides below (available in The Barn, along with an OS Map of the area for you to borrow, and The Wild Guide to Wales book) will help you plan and enjoy your stay.

Enjoy your adventures…

Things To Do – On-site and nearby

Things To Do - on-site and nearby You'll be spoilt for choice of things to do... from the 48 acres on-site to explore, to paddling in the local river, walking in the Black Mountains and Golden Valley... adventures await! Exploring Garn Farm On-site you have 48 acres of wildlife rich hillside and woodland to explore,...

Eating In – Local Food & Shops

Eating In Eating in has never been so much fun... With a fully equipped kitchen in The Barn and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy it in, pizza oven and BBQ on hand, you just need to get your supplies from our great local food producers and shops and enjoy the feast! By arrangement...

Eating Out – Local Pubs and Restaurants

Eating Out - Local Pubs and Restaurants Three local pubs to explore on foot or with a very short drive, and plenty more a little further afield, listed on route to our main towns. They include some outstanding places to dine out - from fine dining to fish and chips on a bench! Nearest...

Nearby attractions and activities

Nearby attractions & activities There are a whole host of attractions and activities nearby - below we share a few very local favourites. Find more on our local area website at www.herefordholidays.co.uk– and in the Wild Guide to Wales book (there is a copy in The Barn). Rowlestone Court Ice-Cream, Playground & Adventure Trail  HR2 0DW...

Active adventures

There are lots of opportunities for more active adventures. From wild swimming and canoeing along the River Wye, to exploring the Black Mountains by horse or mountain bike. Wild swimming There are some good spots for a paddle or swim in the area – see the Wild Swimming book (available in The Barn), and online maps at www.wildswimming.co.uk and...

Walking

Walking There are walking routes on site, along the Monnow Valley and up onto the Black Mountains – either straight from the door or with a short car drive. We’re always happy to give advice and suggestions and in The Barn you'll find a full Walking Guide to the area, along with maps. From a gentle...

Courses & Treatments

Courses & Treatments There are plenty of opportunities locally for learning something new and being pampered locally. From yoga to massage, bread making to foraging, and bushcraft to outdoor adventure courses: Sourdough bread making - During in your stay here Matt can teach you to make sourdough bread, guiding you through the different stages and sending...

Historic Buildings, Ruins and Castles

Historic Buildings, Ruins and Castles Nearby you'll find many ancient ruins and sacred remains. Local castles tell the story of the Norman conquests, and ruined abbeys are testament to the destruction of the 16th-century dissolution.  Longtown Castle HR2 0LE / 30 mins walk / 5 mins drive / www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/longtown-castle/ Ruins of a thick-walled round keep dating...

Gardens to visit

There are plenty of gardens to visit nearby, from the ornate stately home gardens to the humble cottage garden, from stunning woodland settings to those with surprising art installations: The Garden of the Wind HR2 0DY / 5 min walk up Hunthouse Lane / www.gardenofthewind.co.uk A modern garden using swathes of herbaceous plants and grasses...

Guide to Hay-on-Wye

Our Guide to Hay-on-Wye (30-40 mins drive) With lots of bookshops, this creative little bit of the borderlands is known as the town of books. It is now making a name for itself as a place for vintage shopping too. The weekly Market Day on Thursdays is a delight of creativity with food, crafts and vintage...

Guide to Hereford

Our Guide to Hereford (30 mins drive) A beautiful old market cathedral city with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops, including most high street names and a Tesco, Asda and Waitrose. Best to avoid Sundays when many places are closed. Hereford Cathedral and Close (HR1 2NG) is worth getting away from the busy shopping streets for....

Guide to Abergavenny

Our Guide to Abergavenny  (20 mins drive) A market town with lots of independent shops and a few regular high street names, lots of cafes and a Tesco Metro, Morrisons and Waitrose (out of town), plus a few tucked away favourites. Best to avoid Mondays and Sundays when many places are closed. Try the...

There are a whole host of other attractions and activities nearby - find more on our local area website at www.herefordholidays.co.uk – and in the Wild Guide to Wales book (there is a copy in The Barn).

Local Festivals & Events

There are a surprising number of annual festivals and events in the borderlands… from film to food, walking to writing, literature and arts, not to miss out philosophy and music... Continue reading

Your suggestions

We will appreciate your feedback and suggestions on things to you’ve done and adventures you have had. And if anything mentioned is dated or changed please do let us know.

Location

Warmth & Wonder is based at Garn Farm near Clodock in Herefordshire

On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and overlooking the Black Mountains

Nearest main roads: 

40 minutes from the M4 at Newport.

30 mins from the M50 at Ross-on-Wye

 

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