This is a classic mountain horseshoe walk along the Vale of Ewyas, in the Black Mountains.
Of around 9 miles, this is a moderate walk that some may find strenuous. From the start, the walk climbs steeply up to the top of the mountain. We will be stopping at times to catch our breath on the climb, but it is manageable and it should take less than an hour to climb. Once we reach the giant cairn that marks the top however, the climbing is over (except for a short climb onto Twmpa) and the reward is a truely fabulous mountain walk across the giant whaleback that makes up the Ffawyddog ridge.
At Pen Rhos Dirion, we will nudge 2,300 feet and take in the sweeping panorama into eastern and central Wales, and western England, over the Wye Valley, and Twmpa (also known as Lord Hereford's Knob) and beyond that, the Gospel Pass and Hay Bluff, at the eastern end of the Black Mountains escarpment. Towards the end of the walk at the southern tip of the ridge, we will take in the amazing view of the U-shaped Llanthony valley, before dropping steeply off the mountain back to the start.