Black Mountains Cottages

Leave your car at your cottage and try these walks. It is useful to have the OL13 Ordnance Survey Map - we have left one in your cottage for you to use during your stay.

Gaer Iron Age Hill Fort 427m (approx 2 km there and back)

Follow the public footpath to the gate at the top of Cwm Coed-y-Cerrig, cross the track at the top and follow the path around the field above Gaer Farm. Turn left at the end of the path and go through the gate. Follow a green path left up to the top of the hill. 

Cwm Coed-y-Cerrig Nature Reserve (car park 500m from our gate)

Turn right outside the front gate along the road. After about 1/2 mile you will find the board-walk on your left in the valley and the nature reserve car park on your right - both with information signs.

Sugar Loaf 596m (approx 8km there and back)

Turn right outside the front gate along the road. Take the track on your left to Old Coalpit, and follow the road along to Forest Coal pit (the name comes from charcoal burning). Aim for Ty Pant near the Post Office and the footpath is well marked from there. 

The Skirrid 486m (approx 14km there and back)

Cross the road and take the gate opposite our gate. This takes you up Bryn Arw and you will come out on the B road at Stanton Manor Farm. Cross the road past Strawberry Cottage and pick up the Beacons Way at Great Llwygy. Follow the Beacons Way across the railway, through Llanvihangel and past Llanvihangel Court before heading across fields to Pant-y-tyle. The Beacons Way goes to the top to the Skirrid.

Bal-Mawr 607m (approx 13km there and back)

From Gaer Iron Age Hill Fort, continue north along the Beacons Way. Bal Mawr is about 500m north west from the Bal Bach Col.

Llanthony Abbey (approx 15km there and back)

From the Bal Back Col, head down the steep path down Cwm Bwchel to Llanthony (the Abbey Hotel provides excellent food and refreshment). From Llanthony, a path across the fields brings you back to Cwmyoy. From Cwmyoy, various paths heading south will bring you back to the Gaer Farm track and the gate at the top of Cwm Coed-y-Cerrig.

Partrishow and Crug Mawr 550m (approx 15km there and back)

From the Gaer Iron Age Hill Fort, head north west along the track before turning left and following a path by a wall heading steeply downhill to a footbridge across the Grwynne Fawr by a Tabernacle chapel. The Beacons Way then takes you past the lovely medieval church at Partrishow before heading north then west to Crug Mawr.