Bwlch yr Efengyl

Bwlch yr Efengyl

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 one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

The road to the summit is asphalted, but pretty steep and narrow. It’s the highest road pass in Wales. 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 ‘Gospel Pass’, interestingly, is said to derive from 12th century crusaders who would travel the area, preaching to raise funds for their cause.

The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! 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 %.