A circular walk in the Vale of Ewyas and on the easternmost ridge of the Black Mountains - October 2004
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The lovely Helen Willetts, in her summary forecast the previous
morning, had indicated that Friday would be "a nice day" (I'm not
sure whether that is a bit of Met. Office jargon...). The weather in
the Black Mountains wasn't particularly nice at first, however...
The walk is that described on the excellent "Walking Britain"
website - "Walk 237 Cwmyoy & Hatterall Hill from Llanthony
Priory". Starting from the Priory, where there is a free car park,
the route follows the vale
southwards, at first using
tracks and paths on the
western side, before
crossing the river and
ascending to the tiny
village of Cwmyoy, notable for its remarkable
church, which makes the leaning tower of Pisa
look quite sensible. Leaving the village, we enter Cwm Iau proper,
skirting hillsides before climbing up to the ridge and Offa's Dyke
path, which here marks the Welsh / English border.
When we arrived in the vale, and during our walk to Cmwyoy, the
mist had been down on the ridges, although as Cwmyoy and lunch
approached, the sun was trying to break through. By the time we
were on the ridge, the mist had gone. The views from the long
walk along the ridge are extensive (though there was still some
haze in the atmosphere) - and the contrast between the two sides
is striking, with gentle rolling fields to the north-east, and ridge
upon ridge of hill country to the west.
We had seen the Priory some time earlier as we made our way
along the ridge. Eventually we skirted around to the north, where
a steep path descends, at first following rough ground, then across
grassy fields back to the Priory, the car and the journey home.
And, yes, it had been "a nice day"!