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Brian[_6_] May 30th 09 11:26 PM

Llanthony
 
Hi,

Does anyone know Llanthony Priory? Is it a suitable base for exploring
the black mountains for a day (i.e. is there parking there, are the
roads to get there OK, is it signed from a main road, are there
footpaths leading from it)?

Thanks for any advice!

Brian.


Phil Cook[_2_] May 30th 09 11:49 PM

Llanthony
 
Brian wrote:

Does anyone know Llanthony Priory? Is it a suitable base for exploring
the black mountains for a day (i.e. is there parking there, are the
roads to get there OK, is it signed from a main road, are there
footpaths leading from it)?

Thanks for any advice!


There's a P and a PH on the map so you can park and drink. There's
also a PC so you can....

The place is crawling with dotted red lines on the OS Landranger so
there are plenty of footpaths. Some of these are more visible than
others on the ground, but the National Trail of Offa's Dyke Path runs
along the top of the ridge behind the priory so there are bound to be
some easy to follow routes.

I can't remember if there is a sign at Llanvihangel Crucorney on the
A456 but since the actual priory is under the care of CADW it is
likely. The roads to the priory along the Ewyas Valley are not the
narrowest marked on OS maps so perfectly navigable by car , just don't
try taking an articulated lorry up there.
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Tim Jackson May 31st 09 03:36 AM

Llanthony
 
On Sat, 30 May 2009 22:49:04 +0100, Phil Cook wrote...
the National Trail of Offa's Dyke Path runs
along the top of the ridge behind the priory


The ridge on the other side of the valley is pleasant (Bal Mawr, Chwarel
y Fan). From the head of the valley, Hay Bluff and Twmpa have good
views to the north.

For other good bits of the Black Mountains, such as Pen Allt-mawr, Pen
Cerrig-calch or Pen y Gadair Fawr you really need to be a couple of
valleys further west. Crickhowell or Llanbedr might be good bases for
these. Even further north-west, The Y Grib ridge rising from
Pengenffordd is nice.

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Chris Gilbert[_4_] June 1st 09 08:44 AM

Llanthony
 
Brian wrote

Does anyone know Llanthony Priory? Is it a suitable base for exploring
the black mountains for a day (i.e. is there parking there, are the
roads to get there OK, is it signed from a main road, are there
footpaths leading from it)?


You may not get beyond the bar .... :-D

I would advise getting up high onto the ridge quickly and staying
there. The local farmland is not the easiest to traverse and there's
a history in the valley of resistance to access. The hills, however,
are lovely easy walking with great views and worth investing your
time in.

Chris
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Paul Saunders June 1st 09 07:25 PM

Llanthony
 
Tim Jackson wrote:

For other good bits of the Black Mountains, such as Pen Allt-mawr, Pen
Cerrig-calch or Pen y Gadair Fawr you really need to be a couple of
valleys further west. Crickhowell or Llanbedr might be good bases for
these. Even further north-west, The Y Grib ridge rising from
Pengenffordd is nice.


Yes, the western ridges are the best.

Paul
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