The Kymin – Forest of Dean
Where are the best places to visit in the Forest of Dean? How long is a piece of string? That’s how hard a question that is.
Because the Forest of Dean has so many natural beauty spots as well as traditional tourist sites and services. There really is something for everyone. This includes your pets as well. Taking the dog along on holiday is just one way to enjoy the UK break in the Forest of Dean Lodges at beautiful Coleford. Pets are more than welcome.
Walking in the Forest of Dean is a great pleasure at any time of the year. Each season is different, each season has something special to offer the visitors. But, there are some “must-see” places; one such place is the Kymin.
The Kymin, is a hill overlooking Monmouth, in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located approximately one mile east of Monmouth, on the eastern side of the River Wye and adjacent to the border with the Forest of Dean and England.
The summit of the hill, about 800 feet above sea level, is known for its neo-classical monuments, the Roundhouse and the Naval Temple, built between 1794 and 1800. The site is within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is owned by the National Trust. Wikipedia
The Kymin is home to one of Britain’s rarest and largest ants, the Red Wood ant. Their impressive nests can be found across our land here and are fascinating to watch.
Most of us don’t notice when a common little ant stumbles across our feet, but Red Wood ants are hard to miss, with the queens measuring about 12mm long.
An endangered species
Red Wood ants are on the Red Data List of endangered species in Wales. They’re under threat from changes in agriculture and woodland management.
Nearly all the nests at The Kymin are on the edge of the bowling green in the rockery and below the Round House in the meadow. Although the nests do move year on year, they tend to stay in the same general areas. Read more National Trust
There is much more to see and do but be sure to visit the Kymin and the lovely banqueting house.