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  Climbing up to Gospel Pass, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Gospel Pass.

You can drive over Gospel Pass by starting at either Llanthony or Hay-on-Wye. The road is generally wide enough for only one car although there are a number of wider passing places. Once you are near the top the countryside is more open and it is possible to pull over onto the grass in places.

 

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  Twmpa from Gospel Pass, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Gospel Pass.

Once out in the open the views are magnificent. The obvious mountain and escarpment in the centre of the picture is Twmpa or Lord Hereford's Knob at 2,260 feet high. It forms part of the great northwest scarp of the Black Mountains and lies a little less than 2 miles west of the border with England and around 4.5 miles south of Hay-on-Wye.

 

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  The top of Gospel Path, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Gospel Pass.

There is plenty of open ground at the top of the pass and the views south-east are very impressive indeed. The underlying bedrock is Old Red Sandstone from the Devonian period which is around 400 million years ago.

 

 

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  Looking towards Llanthony from Gospel Pass, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Gospel Pass.

Looking down towards Llanthony. Gospel Pass ( Bwlch yr Efengyl ) is the highest road pass in Wales at 1801 feet and, unsurprisingly, it is often blocked by snow in the winter.

There is a free car park near the top which is very handy for exploring the nearby peaks. The Offa's Dyke Path crosses this road near the car park.

 

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  The very popular Gospel Pass, Black Mountains, Brecknockshire, Wales   Gospel Pass.

The Gospel Pass is one of the most well known locations within the Brecon Beacons National Park, being a popular destination for sightseers and is popular too with walkers and cyclists. We can't say we would be keen to cycle up it even with electric bicycles.

 

 

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