Brecon Beacons Landscape Photographers Diary…8th January Llanthony Walking Route 2



For our second walk in the series we continue up the Vale of Ewyas with a walk titled ” The Owl and the Monk went to sea in a beautiful pea green valley ” we begin at llanthony Abbey  and head up onto the Hatterrall ridge towards Capel Y Ffin, dropping down the Nant Vision made famous by Bruce Chatwin in his atmospheric novel ” On the Black Hill  “.  Quickly passing by both the Chapel and the Church of Capel Y Ffin ( which I will leave for you to investigate). The church which by some is said to resemble an Owl is a very small and epitome of the term vernacular which is so relevant in this valley.  It was rebuilt sometime in 1762 and was most probably the inspiration for the off the wall Father Ignatius to build the Monastery just up the road . The English translation of Capel Y Ffin is ” chapel on the boundary”  as it marks the meeting of the counties of Monmouthshire and Powys and also the joining of the river Honddu and the Bwch. The remainder of the day is spent drifting back along the Ffwdogg taking in the highest point in Monmouthshire, marked by a small walkers cairn on the ridge of Chwarel Y fan by the look of it a once productive quarry if very windswept. There is a free smartphone G.P.S route map available by clicking the map below

llanthony walk map 2
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