Brecon Beacons Walking Wednesday: An Old World War II Crash Sight at Garreg Goch

Walking Wednesday – An Old World War II Crash Sight at Garreg Goch

By Mark Soanes, Call of the Wild.

Crashed World War II Wellington Bomber, Garreg Goch.

This weeks walking Wednesday is something quite different, it comes from Mark Soanes, Call of the Wild.  It’s an unusual walk in the Brecon Beacons to the site of a crashed Wellington Bomber.

To get there from Brecon take A40, drive towards to Sennybridge, before going into Sennybridge turn off onto the A4067. Follow the road for about 14 miles until you get to Glyntawe.  Find an appropriate place to park and follow the walking path signs. Grid Ref: SN817168.

We are always looking for walks in the Brecon Beacons to take our groups on. I know many others do the same. There are many natural and man-made features which provide no end of interest to various walkers who visit the area. One aspect of the Park which is little known is that it has over 30 aircraft crash sites.  The stunning mountains  of the Brecon Beacons National Park attract all those who love walking in the hills but few see it’s darker and more sinister side.

Today, at many sites, there is little or no evidence of wreckage and crash sites can be found only by map reference and individual story.  The crash site of Wellington Bomber MF509, at Garreg Goch (Red Stone), in the western Beacons, (Grid Ref: SN817168) still has a great deal of wreckage to see and is worth a visit.

On the night of 20th November 1944, Wellington MF509 on a cross-country exercise, developed trouble in the starboard engine and flew into shower clouds, building up heavy layers of ice on the wings.  With insufficient power from the port engine, the aircraft lost height and crashed into Garreg Goch killing all six Canadian crew members.  All the Crew were interred with full military honours, at the Canadian War Cemetery at Blacon, Chester, England.  Wreckage is scattered over a wide area, with the main wheel being a very long way from the main site near the River Giedd.  Until recently, the Canadian families of the crew, new nothing of the circumstances or location of the crash, nor of the existence of the memorial plaque that now stands at Garreg Goch.

In 2005, the photograph of an airman, found at the site in 1944, was placed on the Internet in an effort to identify him.  This stimulated a cooperation between McGill University in Montreal, Canada and the people of the Swansea Valley.  Only then, some 60 years later, did the families know the specific fate of their loved ones and of the plane.  The crash site is in a remote and lonely spot and not easy to access above the upper Swansea Valley.   In May 2006, a climb to the site, was undertaken by representatives from McGill University, surviving family members of the crew and people from the Swansea Valley.  Later, in November of that year, McGill University established a display detailing Wellington MF509’s story.  This site is well worth a visit.

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Call of the Wild shortlisted for prestigious national team building award

Training company Call of the Wild Ltd has been shortlisted for the Conference and Incentive Travel Awards 2017 (C&IT) for its elite team performance work with Premiership rugby team, Worcester Warriors.

The company, based at Seven Sisters, near Neath, is competing with two other finalists for the Team Building Experience of the Year Award. The awards are considered by many to be the Oscars for the conference and incentive travel industry. The winners will be announced at The London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday, September 22.

“We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted,” said Geraint Lewis, managing director of the company. “It illustrates that our work in the fields of management training, team building and leadership development is recognised as some of the best in the country.”

Multi-award-winning Call of the Wild was set up in 1998 by three old school friends who gave up their professional careers and returned to their hometown to pursue their dream of owning and running a training company with a difference.

The company has grown to be not only one of the biggest in Wales but also the UK, regularly delivering programmes for clients across Europe. It has a client base which includes companies such as Orange Mobile Phones, Panasonic, Admiral, BMW and Vodafone.

Editor of the C&IT Magazine, Susie Harwood said: “The C&IT Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the best B2B events delivered in the UK and overseas by top brands and their agencies.

“From inspiring international incentives in far-flung destinations, to innovative internal communications conferences designed to engage and motivate employees, the C&IT Awards showcase best practice and innovation in events.

“Our judging panel – hand-picked to include event experts from the top brands, agencies and suppliers – will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI across all 18 categories.”

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Last chance to get your event tickets to Abergavenny Food Festival!

Two days to go and tickets are selling like hot cakes! Don’t miss out on inspiring talks and hands-on masterclasses, covering everything from beer to vegetables. A reminder that online ticket sales will end at midnight on Thursday. After this time, all tickets and wristbands can be purchased on the day from one our our box offices.

Ceilidh at the Castle

Friday 19:30 – 22:00
Come to a foot-stomping, roof-raising evening of folk music and dancing. Courtesy of our brilliant band Ceilidh Liberation Front, the ceilidh promises to be lots of fun! Expect a fun filled night of frolicking, country dancing with attitude, complete with a live Ceilidh band and a ‘caller’ to guide you through the steps. Tickets running low!

Shrub cocktails with Henry Chevallier Guild and Angela Clutton

Sunday 12:30 – 13:30
Take a trip through the history of drinking vinegars with head honcho of Aspalls Cider, Henry Chevallier Guild and tipple-loving food writer Angela Clutton. With plenty of samples to try, you’ll learn about the historical journey of the shrub and the drinking vinegars that create delicious cocktails.

Riverford Master Veg Cookery Class and Feast

Saturday and Sunday 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00
Learn how to cook up beautiful seasonal dishes with Riverford organic vegetables, freshly picked salads and dips. With just 8 places per class and a veg-inspired feast to enjoy, this one’s not to be missed!

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Saturday 15:00 – 16:00
Londoner, pop-up chef and Ghanaian daughter, Zoe Adjonyoh lifts the lid on Ghana’s hitherto hidden gourmet secrets. Join her as she showcases recipes for her debut cookbook, from red red stew to jollof fried chicken.

Eating well for less with Rachel de Thample

Sunday 10:30 – 12:00
An inspiring masterclass into the wonderful world of veg, as well as tips on how to eat well for less, Rachel shows you how to cook delicious, family-friendly recipes from the new Abel & Cole Cookbook, How to Eat Brilliantly Every Day, that she co-authored.

Gather with Gill Meller

Saturday 16:00 – 17:30
For an inspiring take on British seasonal ingredients, join head chef and forager, Gill Meller, for a hands-on masterclass. Cooking from his new, and critically acclaimed cookbook, Gather, Gill will be throwing together some of his wild favourites, ceps with artichokes and chives, seared venison with rhubarb and anise and finished with a cobnut, yoghurt and honeycomb cake.

Women in beer

Saturday 13:30 – 14:30
Learn how these ladies are leading the way in the world of craft beer. Hear their inspiring stories, pick up top tips on breaking the industry and learn about the art of home-brewing. With award-winning beer writer, Melissa Cole; entrepreneur Kelly Sidgwick of Good Chemistry Brewing; and head brewer at Wild Card, Jaega Wise.

Fast and Free with Jane Baxter

Sunday 12:00 – 13:00
River Café-trained chef and food writer, Jane Baxter will be showcasing delicious recipes from her fifth cookbook, Leon Fast and Free. Inspired by the first high street restaurant to champion ‘eating free’, every mouth-watering recipe is completely gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free.

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Big Green Egg

New to Abergavenny Food Festival 2017, we are excited to welcome Big Green Egg who are joining us in sponsorship of the Edinburgh Food Studio pop-up feast.

You may have seen the Big Green Egg on Great British Menu or MasterChef as it’s the chef’s BBQ of choice in over 300 of the UK’s best gastropubs and Michelin starred restaurants. Pizza, slow cooked lamb, roast beef or wood smoked paella, the Egg does it all! Tasting is believing so sign up for Edinburgh Food Studio’s five course feast, and as they say come with an open mind and an empty stomach!

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Food and Storytelling Festivals in the Brecon Beacons this Weekend

This weekend Abergavenny Food Festival, Glangrwyney Food Jam Festival and Craig Y Nos storytelling festival will be taking place in the Brecon Beacons National Park! Watch professional chefs and walk through extensive markets at Abergavenny Food Festival, indulge in plenty of amazing street food at Food Jam Festival and enjoy a day and evening of storytelling, music, circus and crafts in the atmospheric Craig Y Nos Country Park. More below..

Abergavenny Food Festival

Why not check out one the country’s top food festivals this year.The event has been called ‘The Glastonbury of Food Festivals’ (Observer) and is renowned for its fantastic atmosphere and Welsh hospitality.The extensive markets spill into the streets and lanes, offering a huge variety of produce – from pepper plants to Welsh pancakes – featuring the best producers from Wales, the Marches, and much further afield. Enjoy sensory extremes and subtle contrasts – an explosion of chilli, a long cool beer. A real feast for the senses. In addition to the main markets there are individually ticketed Masterclasses, Tutored Tastings and Talks showcasing some of the most skilled, passionate and knowledgeable practitioners in the country alongside local and regional talent.
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Food Jam Festival

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Boutique in size big on taste. A family friendly day Saturday September 16th, 11 to 6pm, start the day with a barista style coffee, bacon roll, sweet crêpe nutella & banana maybe or cheese stuffed washed down with a fresh juice. Enjoy the family entertainment, go karts, bouncy castle, glitter tattoos and sheepdog show. Nothing like being in the great outdoors with the smells of freshly cooked foods to get your taste buds wanting more and you get to choose from artisan & street food traders who take great pride in their craft so what will your next tasty bite be, hog roast roll with cackling, apple sauce and stuffing, some delicious home made Asian snacks, slice of wood fired pizza with choice of toppings, a low and slow BBQ smoked choice of meats but remember save some space for homemade cake bakes, chocolate brownie, Scottish tablet a lovely gift if you can resist,,maybe buy a few and of course a firm favourite for all ages ice cream you scream oh and we have a cocktail for that! So pull up a hay bale at Glangrwyney Crickhowell food jam. More here.

Craig Y Nos Storytelling Festival

Storytelling Festival at the Country Park on Saturday 16th September. £5 adults, kids free. A day and evening of storytelling, music, arts, circus and crafts and a great atmosphere for the whole family set in the historic grounds of Craig-y-nos Country Park, once the home of world famous opera singer Adelina Patti. Discover local legends, magical tales, stories from history and songs which tell a narrative of times old and new. More here.21557613_864522053726656_5321781768592356407_n

Find more events in the Brecon Beacons here. 

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Two Brecon Beacons Pubs have made the Good Pub Guide 2018

The 2018 Good Pub Guide was published on September 7th, with an impressive 33 Welsh pubs named! Last year, there were 27 watering holes from Wales in the guide and each year there’s a County Dining Pub of the Year prize given to a Welsh and Scottish pub – which this year went to the Brecon Beacons very own Felin Fach Griffin! The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell also made it into the 36th edition of the Good Pub Guide! Congratulations to both! Read more below..

The Felin Fach Griffin

The Griffin is celebrating retaining the title of Dining Pub of the Year for Wales in the 36th edition of the Good Pub Guide which was published on September 7th. 

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The Griffin, hosted by Julie Bell, is a seven-bedroomed inn in the village of Felin Fach at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, owned since 2000 by brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin through their company EATDRINKSLEEP. It has a thriving restaurant and bar that is a base for the community, supporting local producers, brewers and growers, as well as having its own kitchen garden. The pub follows the brothers’ belief in “the simple things done well”, a philosophy which was developed during their dairy farming childhood in neighbouring Monmouthshire.

The Inkin brothers also own The Gurnard’s Head, near St Ives and The Old Coastguard, an iconic seaside hotel in nearby Mousehole. Both have recently been awarded gold awards in the annual Taste of the West hospitality awards and both achieve bedroom occupancy levels of nearly 95% year-round.  The group now employs more than 120 people in Wales and in Cornwall.

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The 2017 Good Pub Guide said of The Felin Fach Griffin: “Highly thought-of dining pub with excellent food, a fine range of drinks and upbeat rustic décor; inviting bedrooms.”

Edmund Inkin said: “I’m so happy for Julie and her team that they have retained this award as Wales’ leading dining pub. To make guests happy consistently year after year is not easy and it doesn’t happen without an enormous amount of thought and hard work from everyone.” More here.

The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

This pub is noted for its wines and its stays, and this historic watering hole dates back to 1432. The historic bar boasts oak beams, wooden floors and open fires. The guide says: “Convivial and interesting inn, a splendid, old-fashioned bar area warmed by a log fire and rewarding food; comfortable bedrooms.”

You can eat and drink with friendly locals in the historic bar – with its oak beams, wooden floors and open fires – or in the more intimate settings of our restaurants. In the summer, we’ll serve you in our beautiful gardens, surrounded by fragrant flowers and shaded by trees.

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Guests can stay in oak-beamed rooms just as stagecoach passengers did or in more modern suites, some with spa baths.

All of this in the charming town of Crickhowell, surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, yet just over two hours from London and around an hour from Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea or Birmingham. More here.

Click here for some of our favourite beer gardens in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

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Late availability, deals and discounts in the Brecon Beacons

Looking for a last minute getaway? Then why not escape to the Brecon Beacons? Plan your trip with our late availability and special offers below…

The Coach House, Brecon

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Available for this weekend: Friday 15th September – Sunday 17th September (2 night minimum stay) and Tuesday 19 September – Friday 22nd September.
145GBP per room per night including magnificent breakfast. Full Details here.

And the following 2 rooms available from Tuesday 19 September – Thursday 21st September:

Superior King room 7 – 2nd floor

105GBP per room per night including

magnificent breakfast- Full details here.

Classic Best room 6 – 2nd floor

95GBP per room per night. Full Details here.

Find a recent review of the Coach House in BOE magazine here. 

Trebinshun House, Llangasty

Honeysuckle Cottage has a special offer for the next month.

4 nights for the price of 2 in mid-week Monday to Friday

3 nights for the price of 2 at weekends. More here.

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

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One night stay with full cooked breakfast, Inclusive of:
A bottle of St. Marc Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay in the room on arrival
3 course dinner for 2 (From our set Angel Menu)
Complimentary upgrade (subject to availability)

Available until 31st October 2017. Book here.

Penrhadw Farm, Pontsticill
Double,twin and a cottage available all week at Penrhadw Farm. Situated on the fringe of the Brecon Beacons National Park, set just outside the unspoilt village of Pontsticill, the farm has spectacular mountain views. Accommodation is of a high standard. Harris Cottage, which sleeps up to seven, is exceptionally spacious and well equipped. Bed and breakfast is offered in the farmhouse – we have single, twin and double rooms.

Trefecca Farm, Talgarth
Image result for trefecca farmsAvailability at Treffeca Farm, set in the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park, with stunning views across to the Black Mountains, Trefecca Farm offers spacious and comfortable self-catering accommodation, for groups and families of all sizes. With the rugged beauty of the Brecon Beacons right on the doorstep, and so many charming towns and villages close by, Trefecca Farm is ideally located for visitors to explore this extraordinary part of Wales.

Craig Y Nos Castle is offering for October 2017 only 1 nights accommodation for just £99 per night (a saving of up to £51) and just £150 for 2 nights (a saving of up to £50) when staying in a double room based on 2 sharing on a Bed & Breakfast Basis – please quote BBT and is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or when staying as part of a wedding, event or ghost tour. Contact them here

Special Event

Stained Glass Classes 2017- Myddfai Community Hall

4 one day Saturday workshops

Oct 14th , Nov 4th & 25th,  Dec 9th all 9.30am-4.30pm

Beginners welcome, cost is £50 per class, includes all materials & equipment.

Please email  or tel: 07879 119223.  Numbers are limited so please book early.

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