Local Lakes and Ponds - Keeper's Pond & Pwll Du
As part of our things-to-do section, each month we will be posting a new blog here that features outdoor places to visit that are off the beaten track and local events that we think you might like. Not forgetting, of course, putting together that special picnic or bbq to enjoy, which we can help you put together via our online shop.
There are superb views from this higher-level 'pond' (Pen-fford-goch), and it's perfect for summer swim. Built in 1817, once powered the Garn Ddyrys Iron forge below, and you can still see the remains of older furnaces and huge, weirdly shaped slag. Hill's Tramroad passes below. It linked the ironworks at Blaenavon via the Pwll Du Limestone quarry, a place of rock walls and wilderness, to the canal at Llanfoist below the Blorenge. It included the longest horse-drawn tramway tunnel in Britain and the route is now known as the Iron mountain Trail.