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Vale of Ewyas, Black Mountains

This was a classic mountain horseshoe walk along the Vale of Ewyas, in the Black Mountains.  Of around 9 miles, it was a moderate walk with an initial strenuous climb to the top of the mountain. We welcomed two new faces to the walk, Andy and Kate, and the weather was bright at the beginning of the walk.  The forecast was sunshine and showers, but once we reached halfway across the giant whaleback that makes up the Ffawyddog ridge, the weather closed in and we spent most of the rest of the walk in heavy mountain rain and poor visibility.  Thankfully, the path was well used and the weather improved enough towards the end of the walk to allow us to see the Llanthony Valley in all it's glory.  Once we dropped steeply off the mountain back to the start, the weather improved again.  It was a shame the weather closed in, but it did not seem to spoil the walk for everyone.  

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