• Mark Bushkes

Eglwys Faen & Craig Y Cilau

Here is another place to explore this weekend if you fancy it. These are local places which we find for you to discover and enjoy at the weekend regardless of the weather. Take a hearty filled roll and flask of hot coffee, which of course Heggies of Hereford can do for you, grab your camera, dog and the kids and away you go for a few hours.

The 'stone church' is a towering, broad cavern, filled with mist and strange echoes. It's an excellent and easy introduction to the wonders of the underworld and truly majestic location under the steep cliffs of Craig y Cilau with views out over the Black Mountains. 

This NNR is famous for its limestone-loving plants, but especially the many whitebeams. The walk in traverses many remains of the 18th Century limestone quarry: conical heats, all tramways, great scars and riffs in the cliffs. After you could climb Mynydd Llangatwg to Pwll Gwy-rhoc lake for a really wild return loop.

Directions: 25mins, 51.8333, -3.1725 Follow hillside road North out of Llangattock becoming lanes. Turn right one third of a mile after bridge and wiggle up to the very top. 150m past NP8 1LG the old tramway right with dead end parking. (Continue one third of a mile left for car park signed right – Great views for wild campers–and follow the path back through old quarries above)  After third of a mile arrive at a little waterfall cleft as path bends rights. 50m beyond a clear path climbs up left to the main entrance. Hi above, the lake is at 51. 8305, –3.1854

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