you are looking for a day trip whilst visiting the area, at
about an hour's drive from Ross-on-Wye, and just a short distance
further than Arthur's
Stone, overlooking the town of Hay-on-Wye which is known
for its second-hand book shops lies, 'Hay Bluff'. All three
places can be covered in a day.
steep buttress at the north edge of the Black Mountains is well
worth a visit, whether you are a keen hill walker or would just
like to park your car and picnic whilst enjoying the view. It
is much more difficult to climb than the closer 'May
Hill', but even from the road, there are some stunning views
to be enjoyed.
peak of Hay Bluff itself lies at 677 metres (2,200 feet) above
sea level and its face is impressive. It is a popular place
for hang-gliding and paragliding. On most sunny days without
too much wind, gliders of all kinds can be seen soaring overhead.
is a well trodden footpath from the roadside which is very hard
work, but will take you to the summit. A harder way still is
to climb directly up the side, as I did in an attempt to get
there quickly when making the film and taking the photographs
below. Unless you are extremely fit - I would not recommend
this route. (I regretted it half way up, where it suddenly gets
much steeper but was past the point of no return, so had to
alsothe view of Hay Bluff from Garway