Walking in the Brecon Beacons

BWLCH TO TOR Y FOEL

It’s Bwlch with magnitude.

Fresh air, lush valleys and big views – this energetic, exhilarating walk comes with lots of ups and downs, with forest, lake, canal and historic tramroad along the way.

Need to know

Length: 10½ miles (17km)
Time: Around 4½–5½ hours
Start and finish: The New Inn, Bwlch
OS map ref: SO 150220
OS map: Explorer OL13 (1:25 000 series)
Facilities: Refreshments at the New Inn and Coach and Horses, Llangynidr. X43 Brecon to Abergavenny bus stops at New Inn.

Along the way

Llangynidr Bridge
Take the traffic-calming bollards away and you could be back in the 18th century. This exceedingly narrow and picturesque six-arched bridge spans rushing rapids – popular with canoeists – on a rocky pinch-point in the river Usk.  Look out for grey herons, dippers and other watery wildlife (if your luck’s in you may even spot a kingfisher). This fine Grade I-listed structure was erected in c.1700.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Stop off at the Coach and Horses for refreshments and a closer look at the ‘Mon and Brec’, a much-revered local asset – and one of the National Park’s most popular attractions – running for 32 miles (51km) between Brecon and Pontymoile south of Pontypool (constructed between 1797 and 1812, it originally ran all the way to Newport).  It’s a lovely, leafy and unusually level ‘contour’ canal. That means that there aren’t many locks, though you can see a few not far from the pub. Once used to carry wool, coal, limestone and other produce, it’s now the preserve of leisure craft.
Tor y Foel
You feel you’re on top of the world at this prominent 551m summit, which commands far-reaching views over at least half of the National Park, from the central Beacons in the west to the lumpy Black Mountains on the Wales/England border. Hold on to your hat – it’s windy up there.
Talybont reservoir 
One of a string of reservoirs spread out in a broad semi-circle beneath the central Beacons to serve South Wales’s highly populated conurbations. Talybont is possibly the most scenic. This man-made stretch of water soon became a haven for wildlife. It’s now a local nature reserve noted for its populations of pochard, tufted duck, mallard and teal.nigel-forster-talybont-reservoir
Brinore Tramroad
Like the ‘Mon and Brec’, this tramroad played a big role in the area’s transport and industrial revolution. Operational between 1815 and 1865, it provided a link between the canal and Tredegar’s ironworks and the Trefil limestone quarries. It’s now a popular waymarked walking path, mountain biking and horse riding route from Talybont-on-Usk to Trefil. Look out for some of the original stone sleepers still in situ.

Way to go

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From the New Inn, Bwlch, turn left into Darren Road, with All Saints Church on your right-hand side and continue down the road for just under a mile (1.5km). You’ll enjoy fine views south-eastward towards Crickhowell and Abergavenny, overshadowed respectively by flat-topped Table Mountain and the rounded Sugar Loaf. On a fine day you’ll glimpse the distant Malvern Hills.
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Near the end of Darren Road cross the stile on your left with the Beacons Way logo (the Beacons Way is a linear 95-mile/152km route across the National Park). Continue down to the next stile, turning right and following the hedge at the top of the field to the next stile near a metal gate. Go over the stile then turn left and walk down the field diagonally towards a small gate in a fence. Go through the gate and continue diagonally downhill to the stile in the corner of the field near a smallholding with chickens, guinea fowl, etc. Turn right and down towards the B4560 Bwlch–Llangynidr road. Take care: this is a busy road. Turn right and head downhill towards Llangynidr Bridge over the River Usk.
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Walk over the river bridge and continue up to the bridge (number 131) over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Turn right under the bridge and walk along the towpath past canal lock number 64 to lock 65, where you cross the canal. There’s now a pleasant walk up through the wood to a stile, with the river Crawnon on your left. Beech gives way to oak before you reach a stile at the edge of the wood. You’re still following the Beacons Way at this point. Cross the field passing a telegraph pole on your right and walk to the stile, cross it and turn right, heading towards another metal gate. As you approach the gate, cross the stile on your left and continue onwards and upwards through two gates towards the farm. Take the track up to the road and cross it to a gate (you are now leaving the Beacons Way). Go through the gate and continue uphill with the hedge on your right. As you walk up you’ll have fine views of Llangorse Lake, The Allt, Mynydd Troed and the Black Mountains to your right. To the left (southwards) is Cwm Crawnon and beyond that the wild, empty moors of Mynydd Llangynidr leading to the South Wales Valleys. The route is now quite clear, passing through gates and over stiles to open countryside, continuing steeply upwards to the summit of Tor y Foel.
Follow the path from the summit in a south-westerly direction to a stone wall with a gate close to the tarmac road. Ignore the Beacons Way sign. Cross the road and follow the footpath below the stone table, down the hill diagonally and to your left. Cross over the stile into forestry and descend, crossing the forestry track, and join the Brinore Tramroad. Turn right, following the tramroad north above the Talybont reservoir for just under a mile (1.5km) until you reach a wooden gate. Go through the gate and cross over the stile immediately to your right into the field. Follow the footpath diagonally north-east across two fields passing a large oak tree on your left.
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As you cross over the stile in the top corner keep the cattle grid to your left and follow the road for approximately 15 yards before turning left up a green track curving uphill and to your left. Walk a short distance until you see a gate set back. You are now on a section of the 48-mile (77km) Usk Valley Walk. Go through the gate and follow the contour of the slope to another gate. Continue through the field to another gate and follow the hedge on your left until you eventually reach a forestry road. Turn left, go down to the canal and cross the bridge. Climb over the stile on your right onto the towpath, which you follow to Llangynidr locks as far as lock number 64 opposite the Coach and Horses pub. Leave the towpath and join the road on your left walking past the Walnut Tree Stores to join the road leading down to the bridge, where you retrace your steps back to the New Inn.

Brecon Canal Autumn scene

An autumn view of the Brecon to Monmouth Canal at Llangynidr, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, United Kingdom

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It’s National Dog Day!

Your four legged friend will never be bored again, if you try out these great walks!

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Photograph © Bob Grainger Photography Caption: Dog walkers at Craig-y-nos Country Park

1. Mynydd Illtyd Common – An easy walk over closely gropped open ground to an Iron Age hill fort, passing upland ponds and gorse outcrops with spectacular views in all directions


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal – One of the most scenic and spectacular canals in the UK. The towpath winds its way for over 50km between Brecon and Cwmbran and has good views over farmland, woodland and mountains.

3. Hay-on-Wye Riverside Walk and the Warren – The riverside walk or Bailey walk follows the old railway line alongside the wooded banks of the Ricer Wye and leads to an area of grassland known locally as the ‘Warren’.

4. Castle Meadows, Abergavenny – This 20-hectare site of flat, floodplain grazing land is next to the River Usk, along with bordering trees, small copses, stream and ponds.

5. Bullpit Meadow, Crickhowell – close to the bridge over the River Usk at Crickhowell. The meadows are well used by local people and visitors for walking and recreation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Llangorse Lake and Common – The flat, grassy common alongside Llangorse Lake has good views of the surrounding hills and the central Brecon Beacons.

7. Talybont Reservoir and Forest – This scenic, 3km long reservoir is surrounded by steep hill, forestry and farmland.

8. Forestry Trails – The forestry commission manages several forests within the nationl Park which have open access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Most of the forests have designated car parks and compacted stone tracks which encourages easier access.

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9. Usk Reservoir – Is in a remote area surrounded by forest and moorland overlooking Mynydd Du of the Black Mountain. There is an 8km circular trail which winds its way around the reservoir.

10. Bwlch with Altitude – energetic 12 mile circular walk with 360 degree views of Llangors Lake. You will climb two hills – that’s the altitude bit -starting and ending at the pub in Bwlch (pronounced Boolkh).

For more information on dog friendly holidays in the Brecon Beacons click here.

Make sure you have an enjoyable and safe time in the Brecon Beacons, by adhering to these rules: 

Stay in control

By law, you must keep your dog under effective control so your dog does not disturb or scare farm animals or wildlife. You must keep your dog on a short lead on most areas of open country and commonland between 1 March and 31 July, and at all times near farm animals. You don’t have to put your dog on a lead on public paths as long as it is under effective control. But as a general rule, it’s considerate to keep your dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. Remember, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals. You don’t want to spoil someone else’s walk by your dog upsetting them or their children, not everyone is as comfortable or confi
dent around dogs as you are.

Be aware of other animals

Move carefully and quietly around cattle, never pass between a cow and her calf. Be particularly wary of situations where you may unintentionally be ‘herding’ cattle into a confined space where their only means of escape is back past you. If a farm
animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Take care that your dog doesn’t scare sheep and lambs or wander where it might disturb birds that nest on the ground and other wildlife – eggs and young will soon die without protection from their parents.

Tidy up

Dog mess can cause illness and infections – to both humans and other animals. Please clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly – this means taking it with you and then disposing of it safely. Be
sure to leave all gates as you found them.

Follow the rules

At certain times dogs may not be allowed on some areas of open land or may need to be kept on a lead, so keep an eye out for any signs. You can also find out more about these rules from Natural Resources Wales.

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Enjoy the last few days of the Summer Holidays!

Make sure you make the most of the last few days of the Summer Holidays! Here is our guide to free family attractions in the Brecon Beacons!

1. Be king of the castle at Carreg Cennen

Let your dirty rascals scramble about on Carmarthenshire’s most striking ruins. They’ll feel on top of the world. To find out more, visit our page on Carreg Cennen Castle.

2. Paddle down the River Wye

Go canoeing or kayaking on the river with an experienced operator such asWye Valley Canoes then tuck into a scrumptious local lunch on the riverbank at The River Café, Glasbury-on-Wye. To find out more, visit our page on canoeing and kayaking.

3. Wander around our beautiful towns and villages.

Why not get some sheep milk ice-cream from Shepherds in Hay on Wye or stroll around Brecon Cathedral.  View our town guides here

4. Go UndergroundBig Pit ©

Big Pit- With free entry, Big Pit is a must-see for South Wales. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. The Museum is set in a unique industrial landscape, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000!

5. Climb a hill, go on a bug hunt and fly a kite

Climb a huge hill, looking out for butterflies, bees and other insects on the way. Sugar Loaf is a good one, with Mynydd Llanwenarth car park the best starting point. The ascent is easy at first, but little legs might want to skip the steep bit near the summit. Take a kite – on windy days, Sugar Loaf is a great flying spot. To find out more, visit our pages on walking.

6. Pick blackberries in the countryside and go Wildlife Watching

In late August and September, the hedgerows are stuffed with tasty berries. As long as you keep a careful eye on them, the kids can forage to their hearts’ content. A wide variety of birds, animals, fungi and plants can be found in our National Park. A long as you know where to look, who knows what you will see! To find out more, visit our page on natural habitats and nature trails.

7. Go on a picnic!

There is no better way to explore the Brecon Beacons and celebrate summer than packing a picnic and catching up with friends and family. With plenty of countryside, we have some of the best places in the UK for eating outside. Here are some of our perfect picnic spots.

8. Go Geocaching

Family opening a 'geo-cache' while Geocaching
Geocaching by National Trust Images/John Millar

Got a phone with GPS on it? Then you’re ready to go Geocaching, a global game of hide-and-seek with almost two million hidden ‘treasures’. The Brecon Beacons National Park people have really got the bug: they’ve planted 180 caches for you to find.  And your children will never again be bored on country walks.

9. Stare at the stars

If there’s a clear, moonless night during your visit, you’re in luck. The stars will put on a show. Get hold of a book, a chart or a stargazing map, and see if you can spot some of the constellations. To find out more, visit our page on stargazing.

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Pen Y Fan-If you fancy a hike, head up Pen Y Fan for breathtaking views of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Llangorse Lake
Cool off by paying a visit to the largest natural lake in Wales. Try a pedalo or even just grab an ice-cream and watch the ducks float by.
Making a splash at Talybont waterfalls is a summer must, or a relaxing cycle along the canal. End the evening at one of the great beer gardens while watching the sunset.

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Cadw are also planning their Open Doors scheme, allowing free entry into many of their attractions! Keep an eye out here 

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Things to do Whatever the Weather!

There are plenty of things to enjoy in the Brecon Beacons come rain or shine! Here are some of our top things to do if its raining outside…

Go Underground

Our caves and caverns have been quietly forming for thousands of years, underground and out of sight. Visitors from all over the world come to the southwest section of the Brecon Beacons National Park to explore these amazing spaces and feel the thrill of discovery. For some, it’s their first ever caving trip, while others have many years of experience.

1. Big Pit-
Fully immerse yourself in Wales’ industrial past Big Pit should be on your itinerary.  It’s near the Park boundary to the South and the the main attraction is  the mine underground but don’t miss out the galleries on the hill – well worth a visit 
2. Dolaucothi Gold Mines-The Gold mines will reopen for a brand new season on the 18th March. Its the only
 known Roman Gold Mine in the UK! Discover what life was like for Roman miners, who tunnels through the landscape with only the most basic of hand tools; or for the Victorian miners who used explosives to break through tonnes of shale to get to the precious metal within. There’s guided tours running throughout the day between March and Novemberguided tour look at the gold mine entrance
3. Dan Yr Ogof ShowCaves-If you aren’t quite ready to commit to the full caving experience the Dan yr Ogof Showcaves offers an amazing opportunity to explore caves and admire rock formations, as well as experiencing their dinosaur park!
4. CavingGo caving with experienced activity providers

Experience our Waterfalls-If it’s wet outside get wetter!

Waterfall Country- The steep rocky gorges and tumbling waterfalls of Waterfall Country are clothed with the spreading canopies of oak and ash trees.

Henrhyd Falls- is the highest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National PaNigel Forster Sgwd Eirark, with a drop of 27m, Sgwd Henrhyd, on the River Nant Llech north-west of Glyn-Neath, is the highest waterfall in the National Park. You follow a steep path down into the mystical wooded valley, with occasional glimpses of the falls through the trees. A wooden bridge takes you across the stream which you then follow up to the pool at the base of Henrhyd Falls. You can then walk down the Nant Llech valley, whose steep sides are lined with sessile oak, ash, small-leafed lime, alder and wych elm trees. This takes you to Henrhyd Small Falls.

Blaen-y-Glyn-Much of the water that fills Talybont Reservoir begins its journey high up in the mountains at the head of the Talybont Valley in the eastern Beacons. At Blaen-y-Glyn, the infant River Caerfanell, the Nant Bwrefwr and other streams tumble down from the hills over tremendous clusters of picturesque waterfalls.

Visit our Gardens, Houses and Castles

National Botanic Garden of Wales-Rare blooms are the centre of attention at Wales Orchid Festival Rare and unusual specimens will take centre stage at the Wales Orchid Festival held at the National Botanic Garden on Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4.
But the annual two-day extravaganza will also offer everything you ever wanted to know about orchids – and more. Top-notch nurseries will converge on the Garden for a weekend boasting an enormous variety of plants for sale, ranging from the colourful and flamboyant to the beautiful and bizarre. Or why not take a look around their new butterfly house? orchid.png

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.

Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five.  Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.

For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit  https://botanicgarden.wales

Newton House at Dinefwr-Newton House provides a place to escape indoors, built in 1660, you can still find traces of the original Newton House on a visit to the Dinefwr estate.
Dinefwr Castle– Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales.

Tretower Court and Castle-For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time. When the Vaughans left in the 18th century Tretower Court became a working farm and where ladies and gentlemen lived, lambs and geese moved in!

Now, in the 21st Century they’ve recreated a suite of rooms as they may have been in 1470 when the Vaughans were part of high society. Discover a sophisticated way of life: from intricately carved furniture right down to the pots and pans of a working kitchen. Experience 15th century living at its best.

Head to our Cinemas and Theaters

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon- Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW, Wales, tel 01874 611622,

Standing beside the the colourful barges on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal route, Theatr Brycheiniog is o
ne of the top performing arts centres in Wales. It hosts theatre, classical music, dance, ballet, world music, folk music and jazz events, attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year. Theatr Brycheiniog is also an energy-saving champion. It was the first solar-powered theatre in the country, generating a proportion of its energy requirements through photovoltaic cells on its roof. It was also one of the first theatres to install LED lighting on stage.

Borough Theatre, Abergavenny- Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5HD, Wales, tel 01873 850805.
There’s something on almost every night of the week at the Borough Theatre. A full and varied programme of touring and amateur theatre, dance, comedy and tribute bands runs throughout the year. This fine Victorian theatre is part of the town hall. The building dates back to 1870 and still retains much of its period character. The Borough’s studio space, the Melville Theatre, is the place to catch a small-scale production or an arthouse film.

Coliseum Cinema, Brecon-The cinema is open every day of the week apart from Monday’ and shows all the latest releases, with their sister cinema based in Abergavenny. 

Visit a Gallery

The Andrew Lamont Gallery-can be found in Theatr Brycheiniog, with pieces on display from local artists, including having pieces on show this month from Brecon Fringe Festival.

Lion Street GalleryThe Lion Street Gallery was recently rated as one of the best galleries in Wales by the Culture Trip website. Only 50 yards from the clocktower in the famous book town of  Hay- on- Wye . We mainly promote artists who work in Wales and the Borders. There are regular shows throughout the year, showcasing both established Welsh artists, as well as up and coming young talent. They are also part of the Arts Council of Wales 0% Collectorplan scheme, all to help make investing in art easier to do.
Art loving dogs are very much welcome.

Erwood Station Gallery– Erwood Station Gallery is the sister gallery to the Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye. It shows the very best in contemporary craft, paintings and sculpture set within a station and 3 carriages! Erwood Station Gallery is in a well known beauty spot alongside the River Wye, ideal for walkers and bird watchers (there is a bird hide in the renovated signal box which is looked after by Radnorshire Wildlife Trust) and there is even an engine as well. There is also have a tea room in the station.

Chapel Cottage Studio and GalleryChapel Cottage Studio is a small family run Art Studio providing a wide range of friendly informal Art classes to suit all abilities. Nestled into the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside with stunning views of the Brecons Beacons range, classes range from 2 hour evening classes to full day workshops right through to intensive 6 day courses.

For the Family

Cantref Adventure FarmWhatever the weather Cantref – Brecon’s Biggest Adventure is a fantastic family day out in South Wales! Winners of the UK National Farm Attraction 2016! They have an indoor soft play area, pet handling and big animal barns and a cafe!

The Old Railway Line Garden Centre-holds regular ‘Wild Wednesday’ events to keep the children entertained, with’Our Solar System’ Wild Wednesday coming up on Wednesday 31st August. Theres a Farm and gift shop for all your needs, as well as a large cafe serving delicous food daily!

Brynich Play Barn -The Play Barn at Brynich is an award winning indoor soft play centre on the edge of Brecon. They also have a café that offers delicious meals, snacks and drinks.The Play Barn at Brynich is open Wednesday to Sunday during term time.Adventure, exercise and stimulation in a safe and indoor environment!

 

 

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Walking in the Brecon Beacons

THE BEACONS CIRCUIT
The big one!

Gear up for this epic, big-view walk, which takes in the main summits and ridges of the central Brecon Beacons all in one go.

Need to know

Length: 11 miles (17.7km)
Time: Around 4–6 hours
Start and finish: Storey Arms, on A470 between Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil
OS map ref: SO 982203
OS map: Explorer OL12 (1: 25 000 series)
Facilities: Car park at Storey Arms. Toilets are located at the next car park, a few hundred metres to the south.

Along the way

Storey Arms
This famous landmark is an understandable honeypot, located as it is on the A470 smack in the central Beacons. But don’t come expecting a pub.  Storey Arms was named after landowner Storey Maskelyne and was never, as its name implies, an inn. It’s now an outdoor pursuits centre.
Tommy Jones obelisk
Little Tommy, aged just five, became lost on the night of 4 August 1900 while walking to the remote farmhouse of Cwmllwch. The obelisk, on the high ridge above Llyn Cwm Llwch, marks the spot where he collapsed and died of exposure.
Cwm Llwch
The deep hollow beneath Corn Du is another of the Brecon Beacons’ many textbook geological features. This cwm, or cirque, was scooped out by grinding glaciers during the last Ice Age. Its glacial lake is another classic Ice Age feature.
Pen-y-Fan
You could play football up here – well, almost. The distinctive flat-topped summit of Pen-y-Fan is a Welsh icon. At 886m it’s the highest mountain in South Wales and Southern Britain (although just a mere 13m taller than neighbouring Corn Du), and a place of pilgrimage for many. The views are sensational, commanding much of the National Park, its hills and mountains rolling across the landscape like a green, petrified wave. Almost all of what you see in the central Beacons is owned and managed by the National Trust.
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Lewis Phillips-Central Beacons

‘The Gap’ and Roman road
Bwlch ar y Fan is better known as ‘The Gap’ – and, if somewhat prosaically, it’s well named. This pronounced break in the mountains is an obvious north–south route through the central Beacons.  The unsurfaced road that cuts through The Gap may well be Roman in origin.
Neuadd reservoirs
Created over a century ago to provide a reliable source of water for the industrial valleys to the south, these scenic reservoirs have over the years settled into the landscape beneath a wild mountain amphitheatre.

DIRECTIONS

Way to go
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Set off from the car park opposite Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre. Cross the A470 and head for the gate and stile to the left of the centre. Ignore the stone path and take the less obvious track off to the left (it’s the right of way marked on the OS map). After about 250m cross the remains of an old stone wall and continue on up.
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At the top of Y Gyrn (619m) cross the stile over the fence and stop to admire the superb view of Corn Du (ahead) and Pen-y-Fan (left). The track here becomes harder to see. Follow it down a gentle slope before curling up and around to walk along Craig Cwm Llwch ridge, passing Tommy Jones’s obelisk on the way. Watch out for unexpected gusts of wind along these exposed edges.
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Continue to the summit of Corn Du (873m) then bear north-east, dropping down into a saddle and back up to Pen-y-Fan (886m). Soak up the panoramic views before leaving the summit in a south-easterly direction down Craig Cwm Sere before climbing up to the top of Cribyn (795m). Follow the gentle decline off Cribyn along Craig Cwm Cynwyn to meet the wide, stony track at Bwlch ar y Fan, otherwise known as ‘The Gap’.

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Credit: Crown Copyright (2016) Visit Wales

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Turn right and follow the track downward for about 1¼ miles (2km) towards the Neuadd reservoirs. Above the deep cutting in the track opposite the lower reservoir turn right and go through a metal field gate into the reservoir complex. Bear right here, continuing along the track; when you reach the Tarmac road turn left down the hill towards the old filter house. Cross the Lower Neuadd reservoir’s dam wall and go through a metal field gate back onto the open hill.
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Climb for 200m alongside forestry in the direction of a trig point at 642m – it’s a steep and often muddy path. Once at the top turn right and walk along the length of the ridge. At Bwlch Duwynt, a junction of the paths below Corn Du, turn left down towards the forestry at Pont yr Daf. At the bottom cross the bridge over the Taff Fawr and once in the car park turn right and walk along the road back to Storey Arms.

Find more Walking routes here 

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Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

There are so many things going on in the Brecon Beacons this Bank Holiday Weekend! Get your taste buds tingling at the Beer and Chilli Festival, have some family fun at Llangynidr Show, enjoy a adventure with Hawk Adventures Open Weekend or why not have some fun at the World Bog Snorkeling Championships?

Friday 26th-Monday 29th-Tawe Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Annual Exhibition 10 am – 5 pm Admission Hibbert Room, Education Centre, Craig y Nos Country Park.


Saturday 27th-Monday 29th- Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre 
10:00 -17:00

Family fun, local food, craft and artwork. If you’re a fan of food, music, or the arts, the National Park Visitor Centre Libanus, near Brecon is the only place to be this August Bank Holiday weekend for the Tenth annual Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre.

Come rain or shine join the fun at this celebration of Welsh food, drink, arts & crafts from 29th to 31st August. You’ll discover over 70 stands to explore, children’s activities and live entertainment set to spill on to the front lawn and surrounding fields.
While you browse through an endless array of local food, arts and crafts, your littles ones will be kept entertained by a range of inspiring activities including willow sculpting, badge-making, face-painting, pottery turning, a bouncy castle, and guitar and folk

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dancing lessons. Also at the fayre will be Cotswolds Tent Show where you can pick up a bargain!

The selection of local produce on offer at this year’s Summer Fayre includes organic meats, dressings, fresh fruit and vegetables, jams, chutneys, smoked foods, honey, bread, ciders, beers and wines, cheeses, biscuits cakes, chocolates, ice creams and more.

It’s a great family day out supporting local Welsh producers. It’s free entry and only £2 to park for the full day. The festival runs from 10am to 5pm each day.

Saturday 27th- Talybont on Usk Village Show and Sports

 

Sunday 28th – Local Garden Centre Warming Up for Annual Beer & Chilli Festival

The Old Railway Line Garden Centre in Three Cocks is getting into the festivaBeer & Chilli Festival @ The Old Railway Linel spirit this month as they warm up for their annual Beer and Chilli Festival on Saturday 27th August. Last month they announced the return of Mariachi band, Los Squideros who have gone down a storm the last 2 years. They are a lively bunch who have played at Glastonbury no less than five times! The challenging Chilli Eating Challenge will also return for adults alongside fun for the children including Piñata game at 1.30pm, bouncy castle and Jelly and Ice Cream Mexican Flag activity throughout the day. There will also be plenty of local beer and chilli themed foods to taste and a bar for people wanting to try a full bottle or two!

Sunday 28th-World Bog Snorkelling Championships 

Sunday 28th August 2016 sees the 31st World Bog Snorkelling Championships held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells, an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 “must do” things from around the world in 2014. Hundreds of participants from around the world and plenty of spectators are expected once again.

In 2015 the bog snorkellers included participants from France, Holland, Poland, Sweden, Eire, Czech Republic, Australia, Japan, USA, and Canada, making this a truly international world championships.

The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the town, getting underway at around 10am. The site is signposted from the town for those who don’t mind about a mile walk, and there is also a shuttle bus running from the town square to the bog and back, beginning as soon as we can manage between 9 and 10 am. There are food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a bar on the site, so it’s a great day out even if you don’t fancy taking the plunge.

Sunday 28th-Llangynidr Show

We pack a lot into this one day event. From agricultural, horticultural and craft comptetions, to cookery demonstrations, sheep sheering and family activities, we are sure you’ll be kept busy just deciding what to do next!!

Sunday 28th-Blaenavon Heritage Railway-Classic Transport Show

Don’t forget that as well as running our steam trains all weekend, it’s our Transport Rally this Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday.

 

Saturday 27th-Sunday 28th-Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains

  • Annual Candlelit Concert Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains would like to invite you to our Annual Concert held in St. Ellyw’s Church, Llanelieu, Saturday 27th August, 7.30pm.
  • Talgarth Festival Dog Show – Saturday 27th August – 10.30am – Talgarth Primary School Sports Field Show Classes: Under 16s’ Obedience, Over 16s’ Obedience, Best Costume, Best Character, Prettiest Dog, Best in Show
    Rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class.
    Sash for Best in Show
    Judge: Sgt. Neil Furniss Royal Air Force Police Dog Inspector
    Obedience and Welfare Tips between classes
    Hay Vets stall with information on pet welfare
    £1 entry fee per class.
    For more information please contact Sue Lewis, Chairperson, 07891 890099

 

  • Talgarth Festival Annual Duck Race – Sunday 28th – 3pm @ River Ennig
    Ducks are sold in shops in Talgarth and in the Talgarth Information and Resource Centre prior to the Festival. These will be also available to buy from the Information Point over the weekend and from stewards walking around the venues.
    Cash Prizes are available for the first eight ducks home, plus a booby prize is on offer for the last duck home.
    Winners will be announced at the Information Point on the Sunday afternoon.
    If you need to speak to someone regarding the duck race, please contact us on our website, our facebook page, or call our chairperson Sue Lewis: 07891 890099

 

Join Hawk Adventures for their Open Adventure Weekend, where you can join them for an adventure with up to a 60% discount!!

Keep an eye out for our whats on in September blog that will be posted soon!

 

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Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon

Saturday September 10th 2016

A 35 Mile Team Endurance Challenge following one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain.

Yes, it’s back! After the success of the 2014 and 2015 events it has been decided that the event will run again in 2016. The Canalathon celebrates over 200 years of one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain by organising a challenge that will take you on an historic journey through the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Important Updates for Canalathon 2016

The Canalathon is essentially the same logistics as 2015 but with a few tweeks and clarifications.

The Canalathon is not a race but a challenge! The Canalathon is very much a team event and as such your team is required to stay together! Consequently you will not be allowed to leave transition areas or cross the finish line until all four team members are present.

If a team should withdraw before July 31th 2015 a 90% refund will be issued (10% admin fee). There are no refunds after July 31st 2016. SeeCancellations & Refunds for further details.

All entries will be processed online HERE!

Event Details

Teams of four are invited to complete this epic challenge in under twelve hours. Teams consist of four people and a team manager! Team entry cost is £160 per team.

A good team needs a good team manager! You as a team are responsible for making sure that you can get to the start of the event, drop, collect bikes at transitions. Further details of exactly where and how to get to transitions will be released closer to the event.

  • Competitors under 18 years of age may take part with parent / guardian permission.
  • Competitors over 12 and under 16 years of age must be accompanied by one adult per minor.
CANOE:

canoeThe challenge starts at Pontymoile Basin with a six mile open canoe stage to Goytre Wharf. There will be two persons per boat which will be open “Canadian” style. Canoes, buoyancy aids and paddles are included in the entry fee.

BIKE:

bikeThe eighteen mile cycle section is generally flat and takes places along the canal tow path from Goytre to Llangynider. The path surface is mixed but generally hard packed gravel.

However expect some bumpier sections in places and the possibility of mud in limited sections if the weather has been damp! Most types of bike would be suitable but we would suggest sturdier tyres than normal road ones to cope with some of the ungraded sections. A mountain bike is ideal but suspension is not necessary.

You are required to use your own bikes but there is the option to hire bikes at an additional cost if required.

RUN/WALK/HIKE:

runThe eleven mile Run / Walk / Hike is flat and follows a beautiful section of the canal to finish in Brecon where you will be greeted by rapturous applause, entertainment at Brecon Theatre. All entrants who complete the event will be awarded a commemorative medal as recognition of their achievements.

Whilst teams are expected to look after themselves during the challenge, there will be opportunities for additional refreshments and food during your journey.

A good team needs a good team manager! You as a team are responsible for making sure that you can get to the start of the event, drop your bikes off at transition and collect them again afterwards. Further details of logistics can be found here

  • Competitors under 18 years of age may take part with parent / guardian permission.
  • Competitors over 12 and under 16 years of age must be accompanied by one adult per minor.

The Canalathon is a partnership event supported by MBACT, Glandwr Cymru The Canal & River Trust in Wale and the Inland Waterways Association.

Apply here!

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