|Found on the fringe of the awe-inspiring Brecon Beacons National Park, Pandy in Monmouthshire is an ideal launch pad into the serene and beautiful world of ballooning.
The famous protected landscape unfolds for 519 square miles to the west divided by a quartet of upland ranges, the closest of which is the Black Mountains between Abergavenny and Crickhowell.
This undulating panorama, paired with the glistening Severn Estuary which emerges beyond Newport and Cardiff to the south, is something wonderful to behold from the basket of a Virgin balloon.
The rolling patchwork countryside is dotted with farms, villages, towns and other interesting sights to catch your eye. The ancient town of Abergavenny, nestling in the Usk Valley, can be traced back to the Roman fort of Gobannium established in 57 or 58 AD. Today it is a welcoming tourist destination and well worth admiring from the sky.
Other landmarks around the launch site reveal telltale signs of the landís rich and turbulent history. If the breeze is kind, one you may see is Abergavenny Castle, which dates from around 1087. The picturesque ruin was the seat of the medieval lords of Abergavenny and at the heart of three centuries of border warfare. Look out too for the mountains Skirrid, Blorenge and Hay Bluff.
Grosmont Castle and the White Castle are two other fascinating remnants of the past you could drift over during your unforgettable Virgin Balloon Flight from Pandy.
Follow the A465 Abergavenny to Hereford road until you get to the village of Pandy. Take the left turn just before the pub "The Old Pandy Inn", drive under the railway bridge and past the Pandy Caravan Club site on your left.
Follow the road around to the right and 200 hundred yards further along you will see a big green corrugated barn in front of you on the right hand side of the road. The gate way to the barn is on a junction to the right signposted to "The Cellar Gallery" .
The field behind the barn is the launchsite, drive through the gate way to the barn and through into the next field behind. If the gates are shut then let yourself in but please be sensible and if there are sheep in the main field then shut the second gate behind you.
The nearest postcode for satnav is NP7 7PF but this only takes you to the corner just after the Caravan Club so keep following the road round to the right as instructed above.
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