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The Skirrid (Ysgyryd Fawr) Holy Mountain
The Skirrid (Ysgyryd Fawr) SO330182 also referred to
as Holy Mountain is located at the north eastern edge of Abergavenny. It
reaches 1595 feet (486M) above sea level. This is a mountain of modest
proportions but affording splendid views. It has a distinct shape formed
by a landslip on one side dating from the Ice Age but reputed by legend to
have occurred at the moment of crucifixion. Its splendid summit offers an
excellent panorama of Abergavenny, the Sugar Loaf, and the Blorenge in
Wales to the west. With equally panoramic views of the rich agricultural
expanse of Herefordshire to the east.
The summit contains the remains an iron age fort and of the medieval Roman Catholic Church of St Michael which is reputed to be have been a secret location for the holding of the
Catholic mass in the 17th century period of persecution
There is an excellent walk starting from SO 330165 which takes you to the summit and by retracing your steps part of the way continuing around the foot of the mountain. Recently cars parked in this location have been vandalised so choose your parking point with care. Consider parking elsewhere and parking elsewhere using the rights of way network to reach this access point of the Skirrid. This walk can be complete in half a day. The summit is an excellent picnic location but please take your litter home and do not light a campfire to cook with.
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