Gospel Pass - Twmpa - Gospel Pass

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Twmpa is situated on the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains. It is also known as Lord Hereford's Knob and is listed amongst the Welsh Hewitts (i.e. hills in Wales over 2,000 feet with a drop of at least 30 metres on all sides).

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of settlement dating back to the early Bronze Age, including scatters of prehistoric flintwork on the slopes of Twmpa. The view south from Gospel Pass illustrates a U-shaped valley, which was formed by glaciation.

This walk describes one of the shortest ascents of Twmpa. It follows a path from the head of Gospel Pass, which curves around the edge of the escarpment to reach the summit. On clear days, there are panoramic views of the surrounding hills and vales.

A path leads south-east along the ridge crest to a small cairn. It is possible to complete the circuit by making a descending traverse back to the start. However, in poor visibility, it is easier to retrace the outward route.

Full winter conditions are relatively infrequent; it is more common to see a landscape covered in shades of green and brown.

Wales - South Wales - Monmouthshire - Black Mountains

Features

Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mountains

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