On a fresh but sunny Sunday morning I wrapped up well and took off on foot to Llanthony Priory, just round the corner from our cottage. It was quite chilly and only after a few snaps along the way my hands were frozen already. But never mind the cold, the secluded, once glaciated Vale of Ewyas was way too pretty for keeping my hands in my pockets.
The Black Mountains area is magical. I was moving very slowly, admiring every little detail, every colour adorning the steep mountains, and the blue sky, providing a wonderful backdrop to the already picture – perfect landscape.
I was trotting to investigate a partly ruined, Grade 1 listed building and a former Augustinian priory – Llanthony Priory. I now can see why it inspired so many artists. The location of the priory speaks for itself.
After strolling through the ruins I decided to follow the footpath and climb to the top of the mountain behind the priory. It was relatively easy to start with, but the higher I climbed, the muddier it got. I was slipping about, but kept looking back over my shoulder to admire the views.
Once I reached the snowy top, I was rewarded with stunning views of the valley. I just stood there, on my own, catching my breath and feeling so grateful for the opportunity to be here.
I wanted to go across the mountains, but when I tried to climb higher, the road got too sloppy and after slipping a few times, I decided to turn back.
A note to myself to get a pair of proper hiking boots as I can see myself doing more hiking in this country.
Directions to Llanthony Priory
Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 7NN, UK
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