A very long day in the Black Mountains, following the Offa's Dyke Path from Hay-on-Wye to Pandy
Distance: 27km; Ascent: 800m; Mainly sunny, but windy; Solo
After another cooked breakfast I set off walking through Hay-on-Wye just before 9:30am in the sunshine :-) Soon I left town and began walking across green fields - it made a pleasant change from the snow from the last couple of days! However despite the sunshine it was clearly still below freezing as there were several large patches of ice in the low lying parts of the fields. A little over a kilometre after leaving Hay, there was a short section of road walking before beginning to ascend up through the fields to the south, back into the snow.
|Hay-on-Wye clock tower|
|Looking back NNW over Hay-on-Wye to the snowy hills beyond|
|Hay Bluff and Twmpa|
|Gospel Pass road|
|Looking SW towards Twmpa from Hay Bluff slopes|
|On Hay Bluff summit|
|The western Black Mountains|
|On the summit of Black Mountain|
From the top of Black Mountain the ground conditions started to improve with the beginnings of a few sets of footprints through the snow, which made things a little bit easier. After 30 minutes or so I met a couple of other Offa's Dyke Path walkers coming the other direction who said that there was a well walked trail through the snow all the way to Pandy, which was most excellent news!
|Tombstone like waymarker on the Hatterrall Ridge|
|Trigpoint on Red Daren|
|Looking back along the ridge from Red Daren|
|Rhiw Arw trigpoint|
|Looking down into the Vale of Ewyas|
|Cairn on the summit of Hatterrall Hill|
|Snow patterns on Hatterrall Hill|
|Looking south from Hatterrall Hill towards Ysgyryd Fawr|
|Trigpoint on south ridge of Hatterrall Hill|
N.B. 03/06/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 31/03/13 (from 14/04/13). Links to trig points visited on the walk have also been added.