A land of history and legend in this quiet but wilder side of Wales
A traditional rural scene of patch worked green fields, deciduous woodlands and coniferous forestry complete with meandering river is the Upper Usk Valley. The area offers a natural beauty to rival better well-known areas of Wales. Tucked neatly between the Mynydd Epynt and the Carmarthen Fans, the Upper Usk Valley is regularly used by film and television companies attracted by its unspoiled countryside largely unchanged for 500 years.
This is the “Wilder Side of Wales” where the River Usk starts its 63 mile journey.
Close to the source of the River Usk, on higher ground is Llyn y Fan Fach. Legend tells the famous story of The Lady of The Lake, and her sons the Physicians of Myddfai. You can find this enchanting story told by Owen Staton.
Running through the Upper Usk Valley is the A40 trunk road connecting to Brecon at its eastern edge and to Llandovery in the west. Much of the A40 is an ancient Drovers Road which was also used by the bowmen and soldiers who set off to fight at Agincourt in 1415.
History is alive in the land. Discover pagan stones, ancient yew trees, castles and mediaeval churches. The hills and mountains hold the keys to time – anything from Roman camps to wartime plane crash sites.
As you might expect, the open countryside of the “Wilder side of Wales” offers varied recreation opportunities for those looking to experience its natural beauty, from walking & mountain biking to fishing, the Upper Usk Valley is just the place!
There are two Dark Skies sites in the area if you want to look at the stars. But if you want to spend your time just breezing through the beauty of the Upper Usk Valley and dropping into a local tea room, then that’s ok too.