Offa's Dyke: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye, across the Black Mountains, 17 m
This is one of the most spectacular and, depending on the weather, one of the most enjoyable sections. The Black Mountains are sparsely populated and less well known than their nearby cousins, the Brecon Beacons. The Beacons National Park area extends east to encompass the Black Mountains section of the OD path.
A succession of long ridges provide excellent walking and views down into both England on one side and Wales on the other. Ravens are to be seen and heard. The area is typified by long, narrow valleys, dotted with isolated farms, steep bracken covered or forested slopes leading to wild peaty moorland or heather, at its height in August. Hardy Welsh ponies share their grazing with the sheep.
Some of the paths may not be clearly defined as they leave the ridge but quickly improve as they descend to a village. Take care if the weather is bad as the ridges are often featureless and not much help in navigation. Having said this, the Black Mountains Dyke Path offers great walking even in the winter.
Go to Walk 4.
Theme for this walk: The Discovery of Harmony