The Kymin, Monmouth, Monmouthshire

The views from the Kymin are nothing short of spectacular, looking down on the town of Monmouth and out across seemingly endless countryside; on a clear day, you can see 10 counties. Come here by car, on bike, or on foot; it’s well worth the effort and when you get there it's up to you what you do, but it's the kind of place where you want to linger, especially when the weather's good.

On the top of the hill are broadleaved woodlands to explore, pleasure lawns, a bowling green and two rather enchanting follies. One is the castellated Kymin Round House, built in Georgian times as a meeting and banqueting house for a group of gentlemen from the town, and the other is the Naval Temple, built in 1800 in honour of Britain’s naval supremacy at the height of the British Empire - Lord Nelson is one of the Admirals commemorated there. Have a good look at both and then take the kids on a nature trail, walk the dog, have a family picnic, play lawn games like croquet, giant Jenga, and giant darts - bring your own or hire them from the Round House when it’s open between March and October.

All information correct at the time of writing

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