After driving through Llanvihangel Crucorney, we parked Skyra in the not unexpectedly deserted walkers car park opposite a pub called ‘The Fox Hunter’, and walked down to the by-road at Stanton Manor Farm. From here we continued up past Little Stanton Farm, followed the fence line round to the nose of Bryn Arw, and then on up to the ridge.

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Despite it being a cloudy day we had wonderful 360 degree views of Sugar Loaf, Crug Mawr, Skirrid and Hatterall Hill, so would highly recommend walking up Bryn Arw if you want such views without having to go high, or join the crowds on the adjacent hills.

From the summit we continued northwards along the ridge line, before dropping down to Coed-y-Cerrig Nature Reserve for a cuppa and snack bar out of the wind. From there we pulled back up to ‘The Pant’ – our dream home (remote and surrounded by good walking), and New Inn Farm, before following the by-road back to Pen-rhiw and the lane to shelter in the car from the by now heavy rain.

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