Places to See
About the Area
Penylan, meaning top of the hill, is situated in the Parish of Llangattock-vibon-Avel and was originally part of the historic Hendre Estate, home of the famous Rolls family. Co-founder of Rolls-Royce, Charles Stewart Rolls was also celebrated as a racing driver, record breaker and aviator. In 1910 he became the first person to fly the Channel both ways. He is buried in the churchyard at Llangattock next to the Manor house where he spent his childhood.
His statue can be found in Agincourt Square in Monmouth together with the statue of Henry V who was born in Monmouth Castle.
Monmouth is a Welsh border market town situated at the confluence of the Rivers Wye, Monnow and Trothy. It has a medieval 13th century bridge over the River Monnow, unique in Britain as it is the only preserved bridge of its design remaining.
Things to do and see
Once you have recharged your batteries there are plenty of activities locally including water sports on the River Wye which was recently voted the public’s favourite river in England and Wales or cycle the ‘Peregrine Trail’ alongside the Wye to Symonds Yat.
If you like walking you have come to the right place. The famous ‘Offa’s Dyke’ path and ‘Three Castles Walk’ are both approximately two miles away. Head southwards to the river walks in the Wye Valley or north-east to the contrasting rugged Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons where you will be spoilt for choice! Continue over the Black Mountains to the world famous book town of Hay-on-Wye, a popular destination for book lovers and famous for it’s annual literary festival.
For those wishing to stay at home why not take a picnic and enjoy our 5 mile circular walk ‘The Rolls Circuit’. It starts from your front door and takes in the history and beauty of the area surrounding Penylan - you could well be lucky and see the occasional deer from the ancient woodland in the Hendre.
If you listen carefully you may see or hear snatches of the following birds: cuckoo, skylark, song thrush, house sparrow, mallard, dunnock, house martin, stock dove, swallow and whitethroat. These were identified during a visit to the farm in May by a volunteer from the RSPB.