Walk 36 Over the hill to Capel-y-ffin ..... and a roundabout way back

Date: Tuesday 12th March
Meeting Point: Blaen y Cwm Car Park
Grid Ref: SO 252285
Times: 10am to 4pm
Distance: 11 miles
Ascent: 2200ft
Leader: Drew Walters
Price: £8.50

From the Grwyne Fawr to the Honddu and a beautiful hidden valley and back via the reservoir. Initially, a climb up through woods and open moorland to the Blacksmith’s Anvil, before a very steep descent to Capel-y-ffin. There now follows a gentle ascent up the beautiful Cwm Bwch (do they really need to put a mobile phone mast here?) to the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains, over Rhos Dirion and an easy return past the Grwyne Fawr Reservoir.

Directions to Start
From the front of CRiC take A40 towards Abergavenny and turn immediately left after the Fire Station up Greenhill Way. Then right at mini- roundabout. Follow the road for 3½ miles until, on a right hand bend, you come to a sign for Llanthony (left) along a very narrow lane. Turn left here (effectively straight on!) and continue, following the signs. At first T junction turn right and at “major” intersection (five ways) take first exit, left (signposted Grwyne Fawr). Follow this road for 6 miles nearly to the end of the valley. The car-park is on your right and is obvious with a large sign MYNYDD DU and a picnic table.

Blaen y Cwm Car Park
Blaen y Cwm Car Park SO 252285