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Top Choice Church in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

St Issui's Church

Halfway up a thickly forested hillside in the Vale of Eywas, this tiny 11th-century church is like a time capsule of Welsh faith and culture, buried too deeply in these hills ever to change. Astonishing as it is in …
Top Choice Ruins in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

Llanthony Priory

Halfway along the impossibly beautiful Vale of Ewyas lie the atmospheric ruins of this Augustinian priory, set among pasture and wooded hills by the River Honddu. Perhaps the second most important abbey in Wales whe…
Mountain in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

Ysgyryd Fawr

Of the glacially sculpted hills that surround Abergavenny, Skirrid (486m) is the most dramatic looking and has a history to match. A cleft in the rock near the top was once believed to have split open at the exact t…
Pub Food in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

Skirrid Mountain Inn

This 'may' be Wales' oldest inn; Owain Glyndŵr 'may' have rallied troops here; and Shakespeare 'may' have taken inspiration from it: whatever the conjecture, there's no doubt that the Skirrid is very old (probably p…
Mountain in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

Sugar Loaf

The cone-shaped pinnacle of Sugar Loaf (596m) is a 4½-mile round trip from the Mynydd Llanwenarth viewpoint car park. Take the middle track that follows a stone wall, skirts a wood and climbs steeply uphill, turning…