Skirrid - Little Skirrid - Abergavenny - Skirrid

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The Skirrid, or Holy Mountain as it is sometimes known, is a small mountain at the far eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons and just outside Abergavenny. It has a very distinctive shape, with a long ridge leading to the summit and a jagged western edge, caused by an Ice Age landslip. There are a few remains left of an Iron Age hill-fort and medieval chapel that lie at the summit - look out for the large gate stones marking the entrance to the church at the top. As you would expect, the summit offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area, including Abergavenny in the valley below and surrounding mountains Sugar Loaf and Blorenge and Little Skirrid to the south. Further away are the Black Mountains.

After climbing the mountain, the walk heads across fields to Skirrid's much smaller neighbour - Little Skirrid. This is more a big hill rather than a mountain. The climb is fairly gentle with a steeper descent the other side and there are great views again from a different angle, this time looking over Abergavenny across to Skirrid and the fields you have just walked across. The walk passes through Abergavenny from here, picking up the Beacons Way which starts in the town, following it back to Skirrid.

Wales - South Wales - Monmouthshire - Black Mountains

Features

Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mountains, Tea Shop, Woodland

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