Skirrid Fawr (By Foot)

Today has been absolutely beautiful in our Llanfoist “escape”.  The sky bright blue with hazy clouds, the sun out but a fresh breeze to cool you down.  The intention on getting up this morning was to go down to our favourite garden centre in Raglan and buy some more bags of purple crushed slate – 40mm.  Exciting it wasn’t I know but I’d only  covered about 30% of the sliver of garden that runs along our outside side wall and it needed to be finished.

As we headed off in the Freelander I sighed to Debbie and mouthed silently wouldn’t it be great to go up Skirrid instead, after all I’d passed it four times the previous day when ferrying our two resident grown up “children” to and from the riding school.  Much to my surprise not only did Debbie lip read perfectly (either that or she has bionic hearing like Jaime Sommers) but she instructed me to return home to pick up Hamish.

As a result we headed off to the new National Trust car park which only charges £3 a day for non-members off the A465 towards Skenfrith.  Parking up there was only 2 other cars in this huge car park (perhaps the letter in the local Abergavenny Chronicle paper complaining at the “extortionate” price had put people off) and we made our way to the path leading up through the wood to the summit.


Base camp 1 about 20% of way up – Hamish looking weary
Camp 2 40% up – Hamish looking happy
Panoramic view from camp 3 60% way up – Blorenge in middle and Sugar Loaf to the right looking like a volcano
Camp 4 80% up, Hamish meets Barley who’s a scouser!
Camp 5 90% of way up, Hamish busy taking oxygen (off camera)
View of the summit (100%) the stones in the foreground all that’s left of a chapel
Windswept selfie – I promise to diet more!
Hamish breathing heavily – while Debbie tries to strangle him – ring the RSPCA!

It was a great walk with even greater views – highly recommended to all!  We took a piece of sandstone near the top as a memento which Debbie will eventually paint letters/numbers like the one she did for Pen y Fan.


I’ll update the post later, when she does!


Skirrid Fawr (By Foot)

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