Hay Bluff is a 677m hill in the Black Mountains range – and is just North of the 703m high Black Mountain itself. The hill is accessible from a number of different directions and the Offa’s Dyke footpath passes just to the right of it, heading both North and South.

Right on the Welsh / English border and at the end of this range of mountains – with no mountains in England until the Lake District North and Dartmoor South – Hay’s Bluff has an air of finality about it. The hill drops steeply West, North and East, with the hill being a pointy top of a fine ridgeway walk that follows the Offa’s Dyke footpath and offers a landscape of cairns erecting an almost physical border in places.

Gospel Pass
Hay Bluff is on the Eastern side of Gospel Pass. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

From Lord Herefords Knob you drop down into Gospel path before ascending back up to the summit of Hay Bluff. Gospel Pass is a small road, but offers parking close to this point and a range of small roads and parking is available further North.

Gospel Pass
Looking South down Gospel Pass. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

The walk up to Hay Bluff had some nice wild horses on it and good views back to Lord Herefords Knob.

Wild Horses
Wild horses on the ascent. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 48mm, f5.6.
Twmpa
Lord Herefords Knob. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

Nearer the summit the path is a nice red gravel and the top is marked by a good white trig point with red Welsh dragon.

Hay Bluff
Hay Bluff. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.
Hay Bluff
Hay Bluff. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.
Hay Bluff
Looking North-East. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 48mm, f11.

The path heads South to the Black Mountain and down the rest of the ridgeway.

Hay Bluff
View towards the Black Mountain. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 48mm, f11.

A hill well worth visiting as it sits at the very North-East of the Black Mountains range and offers great views. I will be back when the weather is better to photograph those views.

Hay Bluff
Looking North from the edge of the hill. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 48mm, f11.