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  Vale of Ewyas, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Vale of Ewyas.

Capel-y-Ffin is the little white building showing just around the bend. It is one of the smallest churches in the country and was built in 1762. When you get a close view of the Chapel you will see that the rather small belfry is crooked.

The large lump in the background is Darren Lwyd and is where the vale splits in two with one arm running each side of Darren Lwyd. The right hand arm goes over Gospel Pass but the left hand arm has no exit.

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  Vale of Ewyas, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Vale of Ewyas.

Looking down towards Capel-y-Ffin from the slopes of Y Fan. Note the inevitable sheep.

You can see where the valley divides with an arm going each side of Darren Lwyd.

 

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  Vale of Ewyas, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Vale of Ewyas.

The Chwarel y Fan ridge which runs along the West side of the Vale of Ewyas.

There are plenty of public footpaths around the vale including the Offa's Dyke Path on the ridge on the East side of the vale.

 

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  Vale of Ewyas, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Vale of Ewyas.

Cwn Bwchel, the 'valley of the cattle', and the path down to Llanthony from the Chwarel y Fan ridge.

You may just be able to see Llanthony Priory down below.

 

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  Vale of Ewyas, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Vale of Ewyas.

Looking down on Llanthony Priory from the footpath. This priory was occupied by the Augustinian order who were obliged to abandon it because of it's remoteness and the lawlessness that prevailed in the area. Nothing now remains of that original building.

The Priory was rebuilt again in the late 12th Century and survived until Henry VIII closed it down around 1536.

 

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