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Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr)
486m (1595ft)

The Black Mountains, The Brecon Beacons, Monmouthshire, Wales

The summit of Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.

Ysgyryd Fawr (Skirrid Fawr) is also known as 'Holy Mountain' and 'St Michael's Mount'. The remains of the walls of the ancient St Michael's chapel can be traced at the summit.


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87th highest in Wales,
1015th highest in Great Britain

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Welsh Trig Point (Pillar)

Walk Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) walking UK Mountains in The Black Mountains The Brecon Beacons National Park Monmouthshire, Wales

Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) Summit

Photo: Mike Powell

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 5ml (8km)
Ascent:1,155ft (352m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 4 Icon (Moderate)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr)

Sion Britton walked up Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on March 7th, 2022 [from/via/route] O Maes Parcio. [with] Solo [weather] Sych/Oer

Toby Norman climbed Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on July 19th, 2020 [with] Woots, Kev, Lee, Bex, Cam

Chris Hughes bagged Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on August 1st, 2020 [weather] Sunny

Mary Norris hiked Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on March 24th, 2019 [from/via/route] From NT carpark near the Copper Kettle. Circular route, up path to gate, turn left & follow route to the top. Complete clockwise circle back to gate. [with] Betsie [weather] Beautiful sunny day. Breezy at the summit. - Lovely walk

Dale Tyler summited Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on August 7th, 2017 [from/via/route] Usual route from the layby/carpark. Dropped off the from the trig point & walked back along the path that cuts through the cleft. [weather] Lovely evening, great visibility. - Massive mushrooms all along the final part of the ridge up to the trig point

Christina Lander conquered Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on April 8th, 2016 [from/via/route] Layby on B4521 [with] Dick [weather] Dry, warm day. Very clear

Janet Wells scaled Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) during May, 2008 [with] Jim - also 2009 & 2010

Wyn Griffiths walked up Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on September 7th, 2012 [with] Jules

Ken Bailey climbed Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) on September 25th, 2013 [from/via/route] From car park [with] Alone [weather] Sunny, very warm, misty - Fantastic views of Black Mountains to the W receding into the mist.

Michael Rygol, Richard Penney and Alex Oldridge have all walked, climbed & bagged Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr).

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The Black Mountains from the summit of Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr)

The Black Mountains from the summit of Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr)

Photo: Alex Oldridge (11)

St Michaels Chapel on the summit of Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr)

St Michaels Chapel on the summit of Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr)

Photo: Alex Oldridge (10)

On Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) near Abergavenny for my 60th birthday in October with weather a lot better than now (July, 2012)!

On Skirrid Fawr (Ysgyryd Fawr) near Abergavenny for my 60th birthday in October with weather a lot better than now (July, 2012)!

Photo: Diana Hayes (1)

My son Daniel and our 2 dogs Brecon and Maggie at the top of The Skirrid

My son Daniel and our 2 dogs Brecon and Maggie at the top of The Skirrid

Photo: Kevin Friend (1)


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