Bwlch yr Efengyl

Bwlch yr Efengyl, a pretty tough road in Wales

Gospel Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 549m (1,801ft) above the sea level, located in the Black Mountains of southeast Wales. It’s a great climb, though it’s pretty tough. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

The winding road to the summit is paved, but pretty steep and narrow. The tarmac road isn't too steep until you get past Llanthony and climb the 200m to the Gospel Pass, but it is long. Watch out for cars and motorbikes at blind bends when heading into the Black Mountains. The name probably refers to it being the route to the medieval Llanthony Priory in the valley to the south; the abbey is no more but there is still a pub in the remaining buildings. Visibility heading north from the priory isn't great until you near the summit (just past the curve of the road ahead). 

The opening scene of the 1981 "American werewolf in London" was filmed at the top. Best descended to the north because of that better visibility. The views, both back down the valley to the south and into mid Wales are eye-wateringly beautiful. There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Hay on Wye, the ascent is 8 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 398 meters. The average percentage is 5 %. And starting from Capel y Ffin, the ascent is 4 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 228 meters. The average percentage is 5.7 %.
Pic: Steve Loughran

 

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