Walk Wednesday: Crickhowell Walking Festival, Five Great Hikes…

With the new year in full swing, it’s that time of year again to blow the cobwebs off your walking boots and get yourself to the Brecon Beacons National Park to take part in the legendary Crickhowell Walking Festival.  Taking place on the 1st March there are over 80 walks and events going on over a 10 day period. 

So here’s a round-up of our top five walks that we think stand out…

Offa's Dyke by Drover Holidays ©

Offa’s Dyke by Drover Holidays ©

1-  Walk 02. The Best of the Border Ridges

A lovely walk in the hidden north-east of the Black Mountains. Cross the Olchon valley, up to Offa’s Dyke and down into Wales and the ancient hamlet of Capel-y-Ffin.A gentle climb up Nant Bwch to the northern edge of the Black Mountains, then

traverse Twmpa, the Gospel Pass and Hay Bluff. Slip back into England, past Black Hill and finish with a delightful stroll down the Cat’s Back ridge to the start. Ascent 3000 ft.

Saturday, 2 March 
Meeting Point: Black Hill Car park SO 288328
Times: 9am to 5pm
Distance: 13 Miles
Walk led by: Andy Johns

2- Walk 21. All Around Waun Fach

By Kevin Walker ©

By Kevin Walker ©

Walk the Grwyne ridges without actually setting foot on Waun Fach! Initially, up fairly briskly onto the eastern ridge of the Grwyne Fechan and north to Pen y Gadair. Continue towards Waun Fach, but, just short of the summit, turn east and down to the Grwyne Fawr dam. Over the dam and head north again to the ridge where you turn westward over Pen y Manllwyn heading to Waun Fach. Just before the summit veer off right to meet the col and then a fine ridge walk back along Pen Twyn Glas. Ascent 3600ft.

Date: Monday, 4 March
Meeting Point: Tir y Nant SO237237
Times: 9am to 5pm
Distance: 16 miles
Walk led by: Graeme Adkin

3-  Walk 49. CWF Charity Challenge – Leg I 

Standing stones on the Black Mountains by Drover Holidays ©

Standing stones on the Black Mountains by Drover Holidays ©

This year’s CWF Charity Challenge is a 3 day event covering the peaks over 2000 ft in the Black Mountains Range (Hewitts and Nuttalls to those in the know). Visitors are asked to raise at least £50 per day for Action for Kids. Those completing all 13 peaks will receive a certificate.

Leg I is from Crickhowell to Pengenffordd, via Pen Cerrig-calch 2300ft, Pen Allt-mawr 2362ft, Pen Twyn Glas 2119ft and Mynydd Lysiau 2175ft. Ascent 3100ft.

Grade for 3 days is equivalent to 5 boots and will be a series of very demanding walks.

Date: Thursday, 7 March
Meeting Point: Castle Inn, Pengenffordd, for bus to start. SO 174296
Times: 9am to 5pm
Distance: 10 miles
Walk led by: Nic Shugar

4 – Walk 71. Up Macnamara’s Road

By Kevin Walker ©

By Kevin Walker ©

Visit the Hermitage with its tales of Macnamara’s mistress! To start a walk along a lane to the Hermitage and then a short climb to reach open fields and the Tal y Maes bridge. This photogenic spot is left behind for an easy ascent to the col, although there is a short steep bit at the end. Back along the ridge via Pen Twyn Glas and down to the start. Ascent 2000ft.

Saturday, 9 March 
Meeting Point: Tir y Nant SO237237
Times: 10.30am to 4pm
Distance: 9 miles
Walk led by: Clive Busson

5 – Walk 82. A bryn with a view

Soak up the incredible views by Roger Burrage ©

Soak up the incredible views by Roger Burrage ©

A gentle meandering climb up to the Bryn with a superb panorama of the Black Mountains. Initially, back across the Talybont dam and along part of the Henry Vaughan trail, before crossing the road at climbing through beechwoods and fields around the base of the Bryn. Then out onto open moorland to the summit with its great view and a majestic Beacons backdrop. Back through woods a lane and fields again to complete the circuit. Ascent 2000 ft.

Date: Sunday, 10 March
Meeting Point: Lay by on road alongside Talybont Reservoir SO 09919
Times: 9.30am to 4pm
Distance: 10 miles
Walk led by: Duncan Forbes

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