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Half Moon loop

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Brecon Beacons in Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy), Wales, about 29.20km (18.14 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 10:00h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 511m (1676ft)
Descent 513m (1683ft)
Max. Elevation 630m (2066ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1024m (3359ft)
Start & End
Distance 29.20km
Duration ~10:00h
Created by georgefish on 27 Mar 2010
Llanthony Valley is an unspoilt, mystical valley between Abergavenny and Hereford - a place you always wish to return to, time and time again, where wild ponies run free with the sheep on the hills, where buzzards keep an eye on you from way up in the clouds. A place where you wish time could stand still and sometimes does. A place for walking, or just enjoying the countryside.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SO334220
Start the walk in Pandy, which has buses from Abergavenny. Head south along the road for about 300m to the Offa's Dyke Path. Take this heading west.
OS Grid SO322231
The ODP leads across the Welsh countryside before heading up onto the dyke itself.
About 1.62 km (~1.01 miles) from
OS Grid SO309255
Continue along the ODP to Hatterralll Hill. From here you get your first glimpses along the wonderful Vale of Ewyas.
About 2.83 km (~1.76 miles) from
OS Grid SO288295
The route along the dyke offers fantastic views into the Llanthony Valley - check the views down to the priory from the small summit near Black Darren.
About 4.38 km (~2.72 miles) from
OS Grid SO269318
At the pile of stones, drop down the steep slope near Nant Vision waterfall into the valley. At the valley floor, go northwest towards Capel-y-ffin.
About 3.06 km (~1.9 miles) from
OS Grid SO250327
There is a youth hostel about a mile beyond Capel-y-ffin - ring 0870 7705748 to make a booking - or further accommodation in the village itself. Once fed and watered, make sure you enjoy the valley at dusk - the monastry and church in Capel-y-ffin are worth visiting.
About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from
OS Grid SO254313
Start day two by returning to the village of Capel-y-ffin. From here you have a choice - return via the western ridge of the valley, or explore the valley itself. The ridge walk takes the bridleway up to Blacksmith's Anvil, then heads along the top to Bal-Mawr (SO267271).
About 1.49 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid SO272291
If you stick to the valley floor, you won't be disappointed. Follow the footpath past Penyworlod Farm and on to Sychtre.
About 2.92 km (~1.81 miles) from
OS Grid SO288276
This is a day with several stops - make sure you leave enough time for the bus! - and Llanthony is well worth exploring. The priory and St David's church are both very interesting. And of course, for this walk, you should make a stop at the Half Moon inn: www.halfmoon-llanthony.co.uk
About 2.12 km (~1.32 miles) from
OS Grid SO293244
Continue along the eastern side of the Afon Honddu. The impressive Darren crag sits beneath Hatterrall Hill.
About 3.24 km (~2.01 miles) from
OS Grid SO298233
At Cwmyoy Farm, take the footpath across to Perthi-crwn and down towards Groes-lwyd.
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid SO332220
Rejoin the Offa's Dyke Path for the last few eary steps to Pandy and the bus home.
About 3.55 km (~2.21 miles) from

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