My work as a mountain leader takes me to the most scenic parts of the UK. On June 8th 2018, I set off to discover The Kymin Walk, Monmouthshire, which boasts magnificent views as well as visiting two interesting Georgian buildings along the way – the Naval Temple, a monument to Admiral Lord Nelson, and the Round House, a circular, castellated Georgian banqueting house.
There’s an old saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ – so, as photography is my thing, I took along my camera to capture the spectacular vistas and the grandeur of these historic building to share with you.
I started my walk at the Naval Temple which is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world – a patriotic symbol of Britain’s naval supremacy at the height of the British Empire when Britannia ruled the waves and Admiral Nelson was at the height of his career following his victory at the Battle of the Nile.
The neo-classical H-shaped temple was erected by public subscription in 1800 to commemorate 16 of Britain’s most famous admirals and their naval victories in the Seven Years War and the war against revolutionary France.
On from the Naval Temple I made my way to The Round House, right on the summit of the 245m hill. This eye-catching building was created for picnics more than 200-years-ago when a group of local gentlemen formed a picnic club and visited The Kymin every Tuesday. Their desire to continue enjoying the beauty of The Kymin and to hold their picnics whatever the weather led to the building of the Round House, and the pleasure grounds that followed.
A clear day on The Kymin provides panoramic views down the Wye Valley, and as I followed the trail it was able to see up into the Brecon Beacons and across to the Malvern Hills.
I headed on from the Round House, past the kissing gate for a relaxing and tranquil wander around Beaulieu Grove, an ancient woodland once used particularly for charcoal burning – part of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a wander in pictures around this wonderful area with me. To see more of my travels and other work please visit my website.