Llanthony Priory - Hatterrall Hill - Llanthony Priory

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Llanthony Priory - Loxidge Tump - Offa's Dyke Path - Hatterrall Hill - Llanthony Priory

The Abbey Hotel and the remains of Llanthony Priory are set in the heart of the Black Mountains. The nearby free car park is the starting point for a range of walks. This short circular walk follows a waymarked route, which ascends through fields, crossing five stiles to reach Loxidge Tump. As you gain height, the ridges of the Black Mountains come into view. There are fine views down into the Vale of Ewyas, with Hatterrall Hill and the Sugarloaf beyond.

The path crosses open ground to reach Offa's Dyke Path. Ignore the sheep tracks leading off in various directions. A stone cairn and a milestone mark the junction. Offa's Dyke Path leads south-east then south towards Hatterrall Hill. About a kilometre after passing a triangulation pillar, the path dips into a col, where another milestone points the way back to Llanthony. Descend along an easy-angled footpath to a junction, where you cross a stile and walk along the footpath to Llanthony. As you emerge from Wiral Wood, the ruins of Llanthony Priory come into view.

The route is described as a clockwise circuit. This has the advantage that almost the entire ascent is accomplished at the start, leaving you free to enjoy the views. It can also be followed in reverse, giving a more gradual ascent but a steeper final descent. It is pleasant to relax in the priory grounds after your walk. The Abbey Hotel serves drinks and bar meals; it is open for much of the day in summer.

Wales - South Wales - Monmouthshire - Black Mountains

Features

Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mountains, Pub, Toilets
04/06/2013 - Peter Holland

This is a lovely walk offering extensive views as you climb. However, we found the directions in the guide very confusing and we never did find the circular route. We managed to navigate ourselves to the top of the ridge, and walk along Offa's Dyke footpath past the triangulation stone, but the path kept going away from the Abbey (south/south west) where we could see the Severn Estuary in the distance. We eventually found a milestone that was signposted to Cmyoy, which we followed as it seemed logical to turn clockwise(right). We eventually gave up this route and decided to keep walking right through some quite rough ground as there was now no path until we eventually returned to Offa's Dyke path. I feel that the guide could have been written with much easier directions, so you have been warned.

10/11/2010 - Helen Marshall

One of the best half day walks in this area. Some stiles replaced by gates but dog slots or gaps so no jumping required. Dog friendly if under close control, horses, sheep & 'wild' ponies. Boots essential in winter. Walked 10.11.10

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