Wales – Brecon Beacons National Park

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6. The Vale of Ewyas

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The Vale of Ewyas

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In total contrast to the urban Valleys, just a few miles to the south, this northern finger of Monmouthshire, stretching along the English border, is one of the most enchanting and reclusive parts of Wales. 

Whether you’re an experienced walker or pulling on a pair of boots for the first time, this is a fantastic place to come if you want a good, long trek. As well as its outstanding beauty, it is known for the ruins of Llanthony Priory, and for several noteworthy churches such as Capel-y-ffin and Cwmyoy.

To drive there, take the main  A465 Hereford road, six miles north of Abergavenny to Llanfihangel Crcorney, where the B4423 diverges off to the north into the Vale of Ewyas, along the banks of the Honddu River.

After a mile, a lane heads west towards the enchanting valley of Gwyrne Fawr, and the delightful church and well of St Issui in the hamlet of Partrishow. First founded in the 11th century, the tiny church was re-fashioned in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In the 1500’s it acquired a lacy rood screen, carved out of solid Irish oak and adorned with crude symbols of good and evil – most notably in the corner where an evil dragon consumes a vine, a symbol of hope and wellbeing.

Back on the main B4423, the road winds its way up the valley’s western side, past the fork at the Queen’s Head pub. In the adjacent village of Cwmyoy, the parish church of St Martin has substantially subsided due to geological twists in the underlying rock. Nothing squares up: the tower leans at a severe angle from the bulging body of the church, and the view inside from the back of the nave shows the sloping altar, askew roof and straining windows. 

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