Pen-rhiw-Ifor is a disused tip that is now one of the higher hills in Torfaen, and close to the much more famous Blorenge. 

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It reminds me a bit of the landscape you might encounter in the Canary Islands. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

Like most disused tips it is a popular place for bikers – motor and peddle – but is likely to be a quiet spot early in the morning and I had it to myself with the layby completely empty of vehicles as well – although the nearby Keepers Pond was already busy.

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Pen-rhiw-Ifor top, high enough to be above the clouds. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

This is a short walk at just around 1m and the paths are easy to follow, with a couple of steep sections. You could easily wind your way around a few different paths to make the route longer, but I was just here to tick it off.

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View from the top, looking West. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

Views are good and the place would be a great place to bike so it is not the worst hill I’ve ticked off by a long way. 

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Looking South-West. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

I walked the Blorenge afterwards, leaving my car in the same layby rather than driving up to the Blorenge car park, you can also walk down to Keepers pond as well.

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Looking East towards the Blorenge. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.