Key information: Hatterrall Ridge
- Walkopedia's favourite walk in the Black Mountains has to be the fantastic Hatterrall Ridge, the long ridge from Pandy to above Hay on Wye. This easternmost ridge of the Black Mountains has huge views across the green beauties of western England, as well as westward over the lovely, hidden Vale of Ewyas to the central ridges.
- Discover the beautiful Vale of Ewyas on a circuit from tiny Capel-y-Ffin or the atmospheric ruins of Llanthony Priory, climbing onto Hatterrall Ridge to join possibly the finest stretch of Offa's Dyke Path.
- Expect unpredictable weather: this is one of the wetter bits of the UK!
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- Walkopedia rating89.5
- Natural interest14
- Human interest14
- Negative points0
- Total rating89.5
- Note: Neg:popularity
- Length: Day or less
- Maximum Altitude: 703m
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Walkopedia's favourite walk in the Black Mountains has to be the fantastic Hatterrall Ridge, the long (11 or so miles) ridge from the ancient hill fort above Pandy to Hay Bluff above Hay on Wye.
This is the easternmost ridge of the Black Mountains and accordingly has huge views (said to be up to 40 miles - you can easily see the Malvern Hills) across the green beauties of western England, as well as westward over the beautiful Vale of Ewyas to the range's central ridges. The ridge is both the England-Wales border and possibly the finest stretch of Offa's Dyke Path.
You could walk the entire ridge in a longish but not difficult day, or create a circuit (which manages to combine the charming and the dramatic) from tiny Capel-y-Ffin or the atmospheric ruins of Llanthony Priory, climbing onto Hatterrall Ridge to join Offa's Dyke Path for a way before circuiting back.
The beautiful long ridges and verdant hidden valleys of Wales' Black Mountains make perfect walking country. The mountains' defining feature is their long, generally north-south ridges: rough moorland of heather, bilberries and grass, with sheep-cropped grass, bracken and wood on their often very steep flanks; between them lie delicious little valleys of farmland, hamlet and the odd special place like Llanthony Priory. You will see birds of prey, a lot of sheep and groups of nearly-wild Welsh mountain ponies.
A Walkopedia favourite place to stay is the charming (and pleasingly unmodernized) Llanthony Priory Hotel, with rooms up a spiral-staircased tower of the eponymous priory.
The book you will need is Cicerone's Offa's Dyke Path. And http://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_b/3342/ has further detailed information.
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