Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney walk

Offa's Dyke Path along Hatterrall Hill and Ridge, return through the Vale of Ewyas past Llanthony Priory and the Leaning Church in Cwmyoy

Llanthony Priory Ruins SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

Llanthony Priory Ruins

SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

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Llanthony Priory Ruins SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

Llanthony Priory Ruins

SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

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St. Martin’s, Cwmyoy, the ‘Leaning Church’ SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

St. Martin’s, Cwmyoy, the ‘Leaning Church’

SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

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View up the Vale of Ewyas, from Hatterrall Hill SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

View up the Vale of Ewyas, from Hatterrall Hill

SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

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Llanthony Priory Ruins SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

Llanthony Priory Ruins

SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

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Sugar Loaf in early April 19, from Bwlch Trewyn

Sugar Loaf in early April 19, from Bwlch Trewyn

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Hatterrall Hill (Walk Recce early April 19) SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

Hatterrall Hill (Walk Recce early April 19)

SWC Walk 335 - Pandy Inn to Llanvihangel Crucorney (via Llanthony and Cwmyoy)

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Length

24.7 km (15.4 mi), with 871/836m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.

Toughness

8 out of 10, with 6 ½ hours walking time.

Walk Notes

This route at the south easterly end of the Black Mountains area in the Brecon Beacons National Park starts with a steep ascent onto an Iron Age hillfort site and on to Hatterrall Hill, and then follows Offa’s Dyke Path and the Beacons Way across Hatterrall Hill and the largely heathery – but in parts boggy – open moorland of the dramatic Hatterrall Ridge with fine panoramic views from this natural boundary of a ridge up along the wild, lonely and beautiful Vale of Ewyas (the valley of the River Honddu and the easternmost valley of The Black Mountains) and across the South Wales mountain ranges to the west, and over the plains of the Welsh/English borderlands to the east, on a good day all the way to The Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills.
A dramatic descent at the start of the return leads down into the Vale of Ewyas with a bird’s eye view of the fascinating ruins of Llanthony Priory, the remnants of one of Wales’s great medieval buildings, and to lunch at its cellar bar or a nearby pub.
The return down the glacial valley between steep ridges offers fantastic views to the Sugar Loaf and Skirrid mountains near Abergavenny, some old oak woodlands, river meadows and plenty of waterways streaming down the hillsides. A memorable highlight is Cwmyoy village, both for the ascent of the superb viewpoint of a crag above the village and for the renowned crooked church, bent and twisted due to the still active landslide on which it was built.

Shorter and longer options are described.

Walk Options

A Shortcut just before lunch cuts 3.2 km/2.0 mi and 121m ascent.
Another Shortcut cuts the climb up the hill looming over Cwmyoy village, cutting 740m and 43m ascent.
A Shortcut mid-afternoon cuts 360m and 63m ascent.
An Extension over the superb viewpoint of Twyn-y-Gaer (hillfort) adds 2.0 km/1.2 mi and 196m ascent.

Travel

Pandy Inn Bus Stop, map reference SO 335 224, is 9 km north east of Abergavenny, 200 km west northwest of Charing Cross and 109m above sea level; Skirrid Inn Bus Stop, map reference SO 325 206, is 2 km south west of Pandy and 144m above sea level. Both are in Monmouthshire, Wales. Pandy Inn and Llanvihangel Crucorney are served by line X3 (Cardiff - Abergavenny – Hereford) with 7 buses a day Mon-Sat only. Fares from/to Abergavenny are £3.40 and £3.10 respectively (04/19).

Saturday Walkers’ Club: This walk is doable as a daywalk from London, especially if you have motorised transport, but also if taking a train to Abergavenny to connect to above bus service.

Maps

OS Explorer: OL13 (Brecon Beacons National Park – Eastern Area)
OS Landranger: 161 (The Black Mountains/Y Mynyddoedd Duon)
Harvey Superwalker XT25: Breacon Beacons East/Bannau Brycheiniog Dwyrain
Harvey British Mountain Map: Breacon Beacons/Bannau Brycheiniog

Lunch

Llanthony Priory Hotel Cellar Bar Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7NN (01873 890 487). The Priory Hotel’s bar is located 12.5 km/7.8 mi into the walk.
The Half Moon Inn Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7NN (01873 890 611). The Half Moon is located 13.0 km/8.1 mi into the walk.
Llanthony Treats Honddu Cottage, Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7NN (01873 890 867). Treats is located 13.1 km/8.1 mi into the walk.

Tea

The Old Pandy Inn Hereford Road Pandy, Monmouthshire, NP7 8DR (01873 890 208). At the start of the walk, so a tea stop if walked in reverse.
The Queen’s Head Cwmyoy, nr Stanton, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7NE (01873 890 241). The Queen’s Head is located 2.4 km/1.5 mi from the end of the walk.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn Skirrid View Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8DH (01873 890 258). The Skirrid Inn is located at the end of the walk.

Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons National Park is in south Wales. It consists of bare, grassy, glacial mountains, with north facing escarpments. Its peaks, just shy of 1,000m (3,000ft), are the highest mountains in the southern UK. The national park is also noted for reservoirs, and the Dan yr Ogof caves. Its 4 mountain areas, from west to east are:

  • The Black Mountain (singular!) : Fan Brycheiniog (803m) and the Dan yr Ogof caves.
  • Fforest Fawr : Fan Gyhirych (725m), Fan Nedd (663m), Fan Fawr (734m), and the Henrhyd waterfalls (Sgwd Henrhyd)
  • The Brecon Beacons : Pen y Fan (886m), Corn Du (873m), Cribyn (795m), Fan y Big (719m), Waun Rydd (769m). South of Brecon, north of Merthyr Tydfil.
  • The Black Mountains (plural!) : Waun Fach (811m), Black Mountain (703m). Abergavenny to the south. Hay-on-Wye to the north.

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Start Old Pandy Inn, Hereford Rd, Pandy, Abergavenny, NP7 8DR Map Directions

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