Llanthony, Capel y Fin and Hay Bluff

About 9 miles north of Abergavenny is the beautiful Llanthony Valley. It’s well worth a visit whatever the weather. It’s pretty in places, rough and tough in others but always peaceful and serene.

Llanthony : A place for quiet contemplation
Photos Llanthony Priory Joatamon Blog Photography FujiX
Llanthony Priory

‘The landscape opens up and you can see for miles…..”

As you head north up through the valley the hills close in and the climb gets steeper until you reach Hay Bluff. The landscape opens up and you can see for miles into the Herefordshire countryside below. If you’ve ever seen the film ‘An American werewolf in London’ the creepy opening scenes were filmed here.Loads of opportunities for photographs along the route.

Remnants of the past

Llanthony Priory is fabulous, mostly derelict but what remains hosts an amazing old cellar bar with Felin Foel regularly on tap. If you want stay the night its possible to book a room in the Priory or there’s a very basic camping field nearby.

Photos Llanthony Priory Joatamon Blog Photography FujiX
Hay Bluff

Capel y Fin is little more that one cottage and a small chapel. The chapel dates back to the mid 16th century. Its a small single story building painted white and to my eyes doesn’t depict a typical welsh chapel but I’m no expert.

‘….Yew trees a few of which are more than 2000 years old.’


2000 year old Yew tree


Llanthony Capel Y Fin Yew Tree Graveyard FujiX
Capel y Fin                                                                                                                                          The grave yard is littered with ancient Yew trees a few of which are more than 2000 years old. Yew trees are often associated with graveyards, there’s actually  a Yew tree in a chapel graveyard in Carmarthenshire thats one of the oldest trees in Europe, dating back to more than 5000 years. I know that I’ve bored many of my friends and family with that little fact but I really think its amazing that anything could live for that amount of time.

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