SOLD: Black Hill Meadow £69,000 Freehold


Black Hill Meadow is set in a truly lovely location and with wonderful views in every direction. You are spoilt for choice for hills, mountains and bluffs to climb and rivers to visit or fish amongst other attractions, not that you need any of that, as the meadow itself is attraction enough. It nestles on the lower northern slopes of the Black Hill, just outside the eastern boundary of the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park.

At the end of a dead end lane, so very quiet and secluded, the meadow gently slopes in an easterly/south-easterly direction. It is edged with the stream on its southern border and fringed with copses of mature broadleaf on its eastern and southern sides resulting in a happy mix of habitats here to build on, if nature conservation is the impetus for buying. A stand of larch in the south western corner brings extra diversity.

The meadow presents an opportunity for expanding the existing copses of broadleaf into a larger woodland for the future, and these are idyllic surroundings for family forestry and camping adventures, if recreation is the aim. It would not be a struggle to combine the two!

At the south eastern corner of Black Hill Meadow a nicely built stone culvert channels the stream under the lane, which then runs down the southern boundary quite steeply initially, levelling out towards the northern end of the meadow and beyond into neighbouring land where it eventually feeds into the Monnow River.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


Although tree cover is limited here, the small copse along the stream contains a nice mix of broadleaf including what appear to be one or two large healthy ash, some oak, hawthorn, holly, birch and a rowan or two.

There is a small stand of larch in the south western corner of the land which adds nice variety to the species present here.

Along the lane at the southern end of the meadow there is a line of over stood hazel coppice. Great opportunity here to convert to hedgerow, by laying the existing hazel and gapping in with some new hedging plants to create more wildlife friendly habitat, and although it's hardly needed here, more privacy and screening from the lane.


Water vole and otter populate the nearby River Monnow and the mixed habitats of open meadow, hedgerows and wooded copses provide a great diversity of environment for wildlife.


Stunning open views.

Characterful stream and waterfalls.

Open meadow and copse of broadleaf and larch.

Great pub in walking distance!

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is excellent, directly off a very quiet lane which ends in a dead-end just beyond the meadow.

There are no public footpaths running through Black Hill Meadow.


Fabulous potential here to plant more trees to create a larger broadleaf woodland with opportunity to lay the overstood hazel coppice along the lane to create hedgerow.

A very extensive footpath network is easily accessed from the woodland, including the Cat's Back circular walk which gives some of the most stunning views and ends at the Bull's Head pub., dog friendly with very good locally sourced food, and rooms available if you're too exhausted to walk back to the meadow.

The River Monnow, has some very good trout fishing and is being brought back to full health by the hard work and dedication of the Monnow Rivers Association, open to new members !

Local area and history

The meadow lies just to the east of The Black Mountains, the range of hills which form the most easterly section of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Between the meadow and the peaks runs The Offa’s Dyke Path, a public footpath which spans nearly 200 miles between Liverpool and the Severn Estuary. The footpath broadly follows Offa’s Dyke, a linear earthwork and scheduled monument which dates back to the early middle ages, initially built to delineate the border between Anglian Mercia and The Welsh Kingdom of Powys.

The meadow is also just a short drive away from Hay-on-Wye, the location of one the world’s most famous literary festivals.

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 161
  • Grid ref: SO 269 362
  • Nearest post code: HR2 0PN
  • GPS coordinates: 52.0196, -3.0654

Location map


If entering Craswall from the South (from either Longtown or Newton St Margarets direction), keep heading due north towards the HR2 0PN postcode. Follow the main road until you approach The Bulls Head Pub on your right hand side. Here, as opposed to turning 90 degrees to the right around the corner of the pub, take the lane straight ahead of you. There will be a phone box and letter box on your left hand side (opposite the pub). Follow this lane for about 1km at which point you will find the main entrance gate for the land on your right hand side, marked with a Woodlands for Sale sign. It is the next gate on the right hand side after the entrance to Old College House (which will also be on your right).

If entering Craswall from the North (Hay-on-Wye), turn right into the lane at The Bulls Head pub when the main road sweeps around the corner of the pub to the left. Again, look out for the phone box and mail box in the wall.

Once at the main entrance, park in the little pull-in opposite the gate, carefully climb the gate, and the entrance to Black Hill Meadow is a short distance along the track on the right hand side, marked with a wooden name board.

Click here for the Google Maps Main Gate Location, enter your own postcode (the location coordinates are already entered) and click on the "Directions" box. This will take you to the roadside gate where you can park.

Satnav: the postcode HR2 0PN is the nearest to the main entrance where you can park. However, this postcode will take you to the middle of Craswall, near The Bulls Head, not the exact location of the gate.

Coordinates for satnav are: 52.019790 -3.066723 for the main entrance.

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How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

A beautiful meadow with a tumbling stream and waterfalls, a small copse of mixed broadleaf and larch in a truly idyllic corner of the world, tucked at the feet of the Black Mountains.

Managed by Tamsin and Matt Brown

Telephone: 07956 256101

Telephone: 07950 379533

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