The Blorenge isn't a sexy mountain. It looms over Abergavenny and has car parks almost at its summit.
But I lived on the side of the Blorenge for 10 years and for me, its a very special place. Yes it can get busy, but the trick with the Blorenge is to avoid the summit and stick to the slopes, where you'll find woodland, a lake and reminders of our industrial heritage. It's a mountain I can't stay away from.
So this two hour walk isn't a summit walk. Park on the grass near the cattle grid on the Llanover Road (don't block the gate). Head through the wooden gate and down through woodland, to the Punchbowl. The lake is a stunning spot and becoming more popular with wild swimmers.
The walk carries on around the mountain, with views over Abergavenny, to the Black Mountains and Sugar Loaf. You'll join the remains of Hills Tramroad, used to transport ironore from the works down to the canal in the 19th century - look out for the stones in the middle of the path and an old tunnel. You'll climb again after that and return around the mountain on a higher path before dropping back down to the car.
It's a good walk for windy days or just when you want to enjoy beautiful surroundings and views.
The walk is on the link below