Day 4 (Llanthony and the Vale of Ewyas)

The weather forecast was for a dull and misty day so we decided to keep low and headed for Llanthony. The forecast was correct with any clearing short lived.

We parked in the Priory car park (no charge) and headed north west up the lane on the north side of the Afon Honddu.

The tarmac ended and became a green lane before again joining a road near a rather muddy caravan/camping site.

We passed one farm which had presumably just brought all there sheep in from the hills as the yard was a sea of off white ewes. Eventually this lane again became a green lane which led us into Capel Y Ffin and its two little churches.

The main one of these we had a look into and it could be described as cosy.  It  had a lovely inscribed window with the words “Unto the hills I will  lift mine eyes from whence cometh my help” and it did just that.

Just outside of the village we headed uphill by the farm known as Y Fferm! A lunch stop was made on the hillside with a fine view back to Darren Llwyd and the further hill, along which Offas Dyke runs.

  If you look at the map at  255307 there is a path which seems to encircle a small hill.  however you will find this to be a large dip which at one time may have contained a small lake, odd.

We now followed a path just inside the open access area and headed roughly south east.

 In the January 2012  TGO magazine a walk near here is described where the writer had an altercation with a farmer although the exact area was not pointed out.  We however met no one but did come across an advisory notice to use a path which avoids Nantygwyddel and that path was fine.

Not far from the Priory we took a sign posted footpath which seemed to be a bed of a stream and in heavy rain would not be pleasant. Back at the car we were greeted by a noisy cockerel.

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