This walk is part of the trek The Brecon Beacons Way from Llangadog Station to Abergavenny Station.
The route goes south from Llantony Priory over Hatterall Hill, where it joins the Offa’s Dyke for 4.5km, down to the village of Llanvihangel Crucorney, which has an inn that dates back to the 11th century and up The Skirrid (also known as Holy Mountain), which rises to 486m. Finally, the route finds its way into Abergavenny and terminates at the station.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) From the road, the route passes behind Llantony Priory to initially head east into Wirral Wood. Cross over the field on the other side of the wood then turn right along the dry stone wall, heading south-east. The path climbs gradually as it separates from the wall, keeping above the trees. It then meets the wall again and follows this before reaching some grouse butts at a crossing of paths. Take the path heading south to pass some more grouse butts and join the Offa's Dyke Path to climb up to and along Hatterrall Hill.
(1) Keep heading generally south along the tops to reach a trig point (464m). At a threeway fork, take the left hand path, down past a walled enclosure close to Three Wells Farm. As the path descends, Upper Pentwyn Farm can be seen on the right, then at a bend to the right, there are two options. Either continue on the lane past Lower Pentwyn Farm and at a T-junction turn left to reach a crossroads. Or take a path that bears left through the remains of an old fort to descend to a lane near Trewyn Farm, at which turn right to reach the crossroads. Take the road heading south, ignoring the paths leading off to the right and follow the wooded road down to a refurbished farm building next to a communications ariel. Carry on along the road and at the end of the wooden fence on the left bear left off the road, over a wooden style and along the path across the field. Head towards a small group of trees then come out on the road again next to a gnarled oak tree and over a wooden style. Turn left to reach Treveddw.
(2) Before you reach the first buildings of Treveddw, turn off the road through a metal gate to go round the back of the enclosed farm to pick up a path heading south from the farm towards the road just before it goes under the railway. Follow the road into Pen-y-bont, crossing the bridge over Afon Honddu. At the T-junction turn right then left onto a path between an old cottage and the corner of a stone wall. This leads across a couple of small fields to come out into the village of Llanvihangel Crucorney next to St. Michael's church. If you want to visit the 11th century The Skirrid Inn, turn left along the main road for about 50m.
(3) From the church, take the path on the opposite side of the road, between a hedge and a stone pillar that goes to the A 465. Take care crossing the road but head straight on along the tree-lined lane (indicated No Through Road) to Llanvihangel Court. Follow the lane round to the right along the walled enclosure, then bending to the left to reach some farm buildings. At this point, leave the lane for a path that leads off to the right, heading south-east across the fields. Go across a footbridge over a stream and through a small wood to eventually reach a minor road near Pant-y-tyle Farm over a wooden style.
(4) Turn right along the road to pass Pant-y-tyle Farm. Go past a couple more farms and a modern-looking house on the left that practically juts into the road. Just after this, also on the left, there is a wooden style next to a hen-house. Head south over the fields, then east, then south again to follow a stream. At a T-junction of paths, head straight on to a crossroads of paths. Here, turn right to climb steeply up by the woods to the remains of St. Michael's Chapel and the Trig Point on Skirrid (Ysgyryd Fawr) at 486m.
(5) From the summit of Skirrid, head south again along the tops, coming down at the end towards Skirrid Farm. The route zig-zags through Caer Wood to reach a lane that heads directly to the B 4521 Old Ross Road. Turn left along the road for about 30m then turn right over a wooden style next to a metal gate to head along a farm track to Brynygwen. At the road turn right and head south-west to the end of the houses and the end of the road. Head straight on along the track to a sharp right hand bend that takes the track over to Crawfield Court Farm. The route heads straight ahead (ignoring the path leading off to the left) through a small wood and next to a pond before emerging on a road near the Blossom Park Caravan and Campsite.
(6) Go over the wooden style and cross the road to go over another wooden style to a path through Wern-ddu golf course. At the other side of the golf course, turn right along the road to reach a T-junction at Tredilion Park. Head straight on along the road going west to go under the A 456 and the railway (now on Tredilion Road). Go straight past Glan Gavveny and across the small bridge over Afon Gavveni to reach a T-junction with the B4521. Turn left and follow the road until Ross Road bears off and down to the left (indicated as a bike route). Follow Ross Road, under the disused railway, all the way along to another T-junction with the B4233 Lower Monk Street. Turn left past buildings either side, across a bridge over the Gavveny River to reach a mini-roundabout with a Tudor style building in front. Here, turn right up Hollywell Road to a bend to the right and turn left into Hollywell Road East. Follow this up as it bends right and becomes Hollywell Crescent. Then, at a large tree on a green, bear left onto Belmont Crescent to a narrow lane (signalled Cyclists Dismount) that leads to Station Road and Abergavenny Station.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 764ft - Llantony
1 : mi 2.37 - alt. 1693ft - Hatterrall Hill
2 : mi 5.45 - alt. 531ft - Treveddw
3 : mi 6.38 - alt. 476ft - Llanvihangel Crucorney
4 : mi 7.55 - alt. 807ft - Pant-y-tyle Farm
5 : mi 8.83 - alt. 1499ft - Skirrid (Ysgyryd Fawr)
6 : mi 11.3 - alt. 502ft - Blossom Park Caravan and Campsite
A : mi 13.53 - alt. 246ft - Abergavenny Station
As always, ensure you have your waterproof gear and a comfortable pair of boots. The climbing on the route isn't too strenuous but care should be taken both going up as coming down. Llanvihangel Crucorney is really the only place to find food and drink. If you are in difficulties it is also a good place to find a bus or taxi.
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