4. A stroll beside Usk Reservoir

The Usk Reservoir is in a remote area surrounded by forest and moor-land overlooking Mynydd Du or the Black Mountain. There is an 8km circular trail which winds its way around the reservoir.

Further information

The surface is a mix of compacted-stone forestry tracks and tarmac roads.  There are lots of opportunities for shorter strolls, both on tarmac and on the tracks. The trail is undulating with some long slopes – heading in a clockwise direction means that many of the longer slopes will be downhill. The route is also used by cyclists. Fishing is available with concessionary rates - pay in the shed on the north side of the reservoir. There are also good views of the lake and surrounding countryside from the car parks.

How to get there: The reservoir is located 6 miles from Trecastle and is signposted on the Llanddeusant road.

Nearest town or village: Trecastle.

OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 - SN 834 286.

Distance: From a few metres or yards up to 8km.

Contact: Welsh Water on 01495 769281 or the Forestry Commission on 0845 604 0845.    

Facilities: The nearest facilities are in Trecastle (pubs) and Sennybridge (shops and petrol stations).

Parking: There are several small car parks and lay-bys in the area.

Toilets: The closest public toilets, including disabled access toilets (RADAR) are in the centre of Sennybridge by the side of the A40.