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Black Mountains and Wye Valley Walking

United Kingdom - Trip code WMW Walking and Trekking
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Days 6
Deposit From CHF 114
Price from CHF 1140
Flights not included

Why book this trip?

Walk with us in the Brecon Beacons National Park on ridge walks with fine views along the Welsh English border. Centre-based in Abergavenny, we explore the ancient leafy forests of the Wye Valley AONB, one of Britain's finest lowland landscapes. Discover the original book town of Hay-on-Wye, Llanthony Priory's 12th century ruins and a Welsh vineyard visit and tasting.

  • Black Mountains - Hike in the Breacon Beacons easternmost range
  • Abergavenny - Discover this lively and historic market town famous for its food festival
  • Wye Valley - Leafy lowland walks in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 5

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide


  • Transport



    On Foot

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    5 nights comfortable hotel

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    Walking grade:


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    Group Size:

    10 - 15


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Abergavenny

Arrive in Abergavenny, a lively and historic Welsh market town surrounded by mountains, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Attractions include Abergavenny Castle, Market Hall, many independent local shops and restaurants. Each September the town plays host to a famous two-day food festival - one of the UK's biggest foodie events. We base ourselves at the Kings Head Hotel, located in the heart of town. Check in is possible from 3pm.

The Tour Leader plans to meet you in reception at 6pm for an introductory briefing followed by a chance to get to know your fellow travellers over dinner.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Black Mountains hike along Hay Bluff to Hay-on-Wye

This morning we take a short drive north through the National Park to Velindre. The Black Mountains are the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park, located in southeast Wales and spilling over the border into Herefordshire. From Velindre we begin our first hike, heading up toward Lord Hereford's Knob (or Twmpa) and along the top to Hay Bluff. We then descend on trails into Hay-on-Wye on the English border; renowned for books it is both the National Book Town of Wales and the site of the annual Hay festival that has drawn literary enthusiasts since 1988. There will be some free time to browse the bookshops and cafes before driving back to Abergavenny.

Today's walk will take approximately 5 hours and will cover a distance of 15 kilometres, with a total ascent and descent of approximately 685 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Black Mountains Hatterall Ridge walk to 12th century Llanthony Priory

After breakfast, we drive to the small village of Pont Rhys Powell for today's linear walk. Our hike starts up the southern end of Hatterall Ridge in the Black Mountains, and we will take in a section of the Beacons Way and Offa's Dyke Path. Eventually the ridge begins to widen out into a plateau from which we descend into the Vale of Ewyas toward Llanthony and the remains of its Augustinian priory. Although it is now a 900-year-old ruin, it is easy to appreciate that Llanthony Priory was once one of Wales\ great medieval buildings. There will be time to explore before driving back to Abergavenny later this afternoon.

Today's walk will take approximately 4 hours and will cover a distance of 12 kilometres, with a total ascent and descent of approximately 520 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Walk Wye Valley AONB and Forest of Dean to Monmouth

Today we begin with a drive over the border to Symonds Yat West in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is one of the most iconic and beautiful locations in the Dean Wye. We cross the river on a traditional pull ferry to Symonds Yat East, to start our walk where Symonds Yat Rock provides spectacular views and the opportunity to spot nesting Peregrine Falcons. Continuing on the trail along the River Wye we walk through the Forest of Dean, crossing back into Wales and eventually we reach The Kymin. Now looked after by the National Trust, the Georgian grounds are a haven for wildlife, home to birds, bats, badgers, wild boar and the red wood ant - one of the UK's rarest and largest ant species. Admiral Nelson visited the 18th century Roundhouse and Navel Temple in 1802. Our walk ends in bustling Monmouth, with its Norman castle remains and the only remaining medieval stone-gated bridge in Britain. Later this afternoon we drive back to Abergavenny.

Today's walk will take approximately 4 hours and will cover a distance of 13 kilometres, with a total ascent and descent of approximately 515 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Wye Valley AONB walk to Tintern Abbey. Parva Farm Vineyard wine tasting

Today we head back into the Wye Valley AONB. From Tidenham, close to the River Severn, we start walking and quickly pick up Offa's Dyke Path, headed north through leafy semi-ancient woodland and skirting along the River Wye along the Welsh-English border. Admire the spectacular view of Tintern Abbey from the Devil's Pulpit, before dropping down through the trees to reach the abbey. The 900-year-old ruins drew poets and painters such as Wordsworth and Turner in the Romantic period. There will be some free time to explore the Cistercian abbey remains and the village of Tintern before our hike, and holiday, draw to a close at Parva Farm Vineyard. Here we enjoy a tour of the vines and a taste of the wines before we depart for Abergavenny.

Today's walk will take approximately 3 to 4 hours and will cover a distance of 12 kilometres, with a total ascent and descent of approximately 440 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Trip ends in Abergavenny

After a last hearty breakfast, it's time to say farewell and begin your journey home.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

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The UK has a temperate but very variable climate. In general the summers are warm with July and August being the warmest. The winters are cool and the lowest temperatures are recorded during January and February. Whatever the season it is advisable to be prepared for rain!

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Budgeting and packing


A warm sweater or fleece and long trousers are advisable, especially in early and late season when the weather tends to be cooler. Come prepared for all weather - waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece, warm layers, hat, gloves as well T-shirts, shorts, sunhat, good sun cream and sunglasses.


We recommend you bring walking boots and comfortable footwear to change into in the evening. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Walking shoes may also be used but do not offer the same ankle support.



Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a waterproof rucksack large enough to carry what you need for the day - waterproofs, warm layer, water, picnic, sun-cream, phone etc. On hot days you will carry more drinking water.


Bring a rucksack for the walks and a water bottle. You may like to bring trekking poles. If your rucksack doesn't have a waterproof cover then consider plastic bags to keep things dry should it rain. Tap water is great to drink but there won't be many places to refill on the walks. We encourage our clients not to buy mineral water because of the negative environmental impact with plastic bottles.


Explore leader
At your discretion you might consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

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Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

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Beer price
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Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Pounds Sterling.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Carry a combination of UK Sterling cash, ATM and credit cards.
Where To Exchange
Your tour leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
ATM's are widely available in main towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Widely accepted.
Travellers Cheques
Can be exchanged at most banks and post offices.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Ferry, On Foot

Accommodation notes

We base ourselves at the Kings Head Hotel, located in the heart of town. Originally a 16th century coaching inn, the hotel has a bar and restaurant that specialises in Indian and Nepalese food. Check in is possible from 3pm.

Arrival and departure information

If arriving by train, the hotel is a 10-minute walk from Abergavenny Railway Station. The hotel doesn't have it's own car park but there is a long stay car park (Castle Street Carpark) just a couple of minutes' walk away.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

UK: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 


Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here


It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
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Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.


Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

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Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Walking and Trekking information
WMW Distance Chart
Walking grade
Trek details
We walk for 4 to 6 hours each day, mostly on well marked paths but expect them to be uneven underfoot in many places. The terrain in the Black Mountains tends to be open hillside with dirt tracks that are generally wide but may become narrow in places. The Wye Valley routes are often through leafy forested areas, providing more protection from the elements but in wet weather fallen leaves may become slippery underfoot. The nature of the area means you should expect ascents and descents throughout the day, particularly in the Black Mountains. The order of the days may vary in accordance with the weather conditions at the time of your visit.
Additional Information

Dates, prices and booking

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