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Peaceful open countryside between market town and mountain beckon on this walk. Rising gradually you will take in farms, a hamlet and an ancient church before gaining a rewarding vantage point at the foot of the Black Mountains. This is a grade 3 walk: Routes with occasional long or steep gradients, a narrow path in places, poor surfaces and kissing gates or stiles. There are no seats.
9.5km / 5.9miles
Talgarth (OS grid reference SO152233) (postcode LP3 0PG)
Starting GPS co-ordinates
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2 hours 15 minutes
Ascend about 287m / 942ft
Having wound your way along Talgarth’s charming streets, up past the church of St Gwendoline, you will begin to sample the rural tranquillity of this corner of the Black Mountains. You will pass through the yard of Ffostyll Farm before going on to the ancient church of St Ellyw which is in the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. You can pop into this fascinating church by asking for the key at Llanelieu Court. Look out for the nearby yew tree known as the Whipping Tree. It is said that local troublemakers had their hands put through holes in the trunk where they were secured for whipping, during the 17th and 18th centuries. Further along you will get fine views of the Central Beacons from Rhos Fach Common at the foot of Y Das – the haystack – before making your way back to Talgarth nestled serenely below you.
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