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Llanthony valley and hills

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General information

This is a strenuous, but glorious trek along the Ffawyddog Ridge, high above the Llanthony valley at the southern end of the Vale of Ewyas in the Black Mountains.

This is a substantial walk of around nine miles with a significant climb to Ffawyddog Ridge from Capel-y-ffin, and although manageable for experienced walkers, is not for the unfit.

The first stage of the walk is the almost four miles to Capel-y-ffin from Llanthony, along lanes and the lower Offa's Dyke Path on a low level, slightly undulating route.  From here, there is a strenuous climb up to the ridge.  We will be stopping at times to catch our breath on the climb, but it is manageable, and flatter in places, and should take less than an hour to climb.  Once we reach the cairn that marks the top however, the climbing is over, and the reward is a truly fabulous mountain walk across the ridge, with sweeping views of Sugar Loaf, Skirrid, and beyond, down to the Bristol Channel (in good weather).  The route eventually drops from the ridge on a steep and pretty path that gives great views of the valley and the priory.

Good walking boots and adequate mountain weather clothing is essential.  There are toilets at Llanthony Priory and the walk will finish at the cafe/pub in the grounds of the priory itself, where soft drinks, beers and food is served.  The Half Moon Pub is within close walking distance.

Only two stiles, along the Offa's Dyke Path.  A great walk for dogs, but there will be sheep around on the climb up and wild horses on the tops.   PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SATURDAY WALK STARTING AT 10 AM.

Terrain / Difficulty

A more strenuous walk with one significant hill climb

Approximate Distance

9 miles

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