Embrace the Beacons on Bank Holiday Weekend With Talgarth Walking Festival

The first ever walking festival in Talgarth kicks off this evening.  Situated in the perfect settings near the Black Mountains the festival celebrates the best of what the area has to offer.  From castles, mountains, red kites and otters, an ancient hill fort, burial mounds, waterfalls, and a restored watermill. Visitors can take part in the ‘Witches Pool Challenge’, then enjoy a beer brewed in the heart of Talgarth, with a wood fired pizza at the Mill. Should you tire of walking, visitors can even hire an Eco-Car.

Talgarth Mill the perfect festival hub, good food and a nice setting

Talgarth Mill the perfect festival hub, good food and a nice setting

A warm welcome awaits walkers at local hotels, B&B’s, guest houses, self-catering accommodation and camping and caravan sites in and around Talgarth.
Visit the Talgarth Information and Resource Centre website for more information by clicking here.

So here’s our top five picks for the festival…

01 Talk: Roaming with a Camera in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Take part in a walk led by famous author Chris Barber, who’s had thirty two books published to date and as a walker, climber and caver, has an intimate knowledge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Chris’s many interests and achievements have been recognised by an entry in ‘Who’s Who in the World’.
Chris Barber’s talk ‘Roaming with a Camera in the Brecon Beacons National Park’ is a personal appreciation of the scenery, history and legends of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The audience will be taken on a journey into the mysterious Black Mountains, to the high summits of the Brecon Beacons, the beautiful Waterfall Country, the lonely moorland of FforestFawr and the remote Carmarthen Fans.


Enjoy driving a eco car in the Black Mountains

Enjoy driving a eco car in the Black Mountains

04 Workshop: Indoor Map Reading and Navigation Skills

Based on the National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze syllabus, this informative and extremely useful indoor session will cover the OS map system, symbols and scales, grid references, orientating the map, use of time, distance and pacing, contour lines and reading the ground from the map, navigation strategies, planning a walk, access rights and responsibilities, and the countryside code. So whether you are looking to brush up your skills or learn something completely new, this workshop session is for you! Tea, coffee and Welsh cakes will be provided during the break. Please bring an OS Explorer map OL13, Brecon Beacons National Park: Eastern Area with you to the session.

Venue       Talgarth Town Hall, LD3 0BW
Host         Bill Chase
Date         Saturday, 04 May 2013
Time        09:30 – 12:15
Cost         £5.00

11 Walk: Three Mynydds and Three Pens

This lovely walk starts with a short drive to the Castle Inn car park at Pengenffordd (on the A479) for an ascent of Rhiw Trumau up on to the westernmost ridge of the Black Mountains, for stunning views of the surrounding area on a clear day. We will then follow the gentle, undulating ridge to the cairn at Mynydd Llysiau, before continuing south to Pen Twyn Glas, with lovely views into the green valleys below.  A steep descent follows, down to the village of Cwmdu for a sheltered lunch stop and an optional drink at The Farmers Arms, before a more gradual climb to the top of Mynyyd Llangorse for views down to the glacial lake of Llangors and great views across to Pen y Fan and the central Beacons. After a gradual descent to the road at Cocket Hill, we make a steep final ascent of Mynydd Troed, before heading back down to the Castle Inn car park and back to Talgarth for a well-earned rest!

Start Point     Castle Inn car park, LD3 0EP
Walk Leader  Havard Prosser & Hayley Sharp
Date                 Sunday, 05 May 2013
Time                10:00 – 17:00
Map Ref          SO 174296
Cost                 £6.50
Maximum No 12
Grade              4
Distance         21 km / 13 miles
Ascent             1067 m / 3500 ft
Packed Lunch   Yes
Dogs                    No

14 Walk: King of the Castle

Since Iron Age times Castell Dinas has been a fortress to defend the Pass below from Talgarth to Crickhowell. Looking at the views of the Usk Valley, Wye Valley and Black Mountains, it’s easy to see why the Romans, 5th century King Brychan Brycheiniog and then the Normans all made this a strategic hill fort and castle. Come and see the grass covered defence mounds and ramparts of ancient people and the remains of the walled baileys and keep of the Middle Ages and see if you can find the natural spring situated near the summit. At 1476 feet above sea level, Castell Dinas is the highest castle in England and Wales – you will truly be ‘King of the Castle’.

Start Point       Talgarth main car park, LD3 0PE
Walk Leader    Howard Morgan & Ros Grant
Date                   Sunday,      05 May 2013
Time                  10:00 – 15:30
Map Ref            SO 153337
Cost                   £5.00
Maximum No   12
Grade                 3
Distance            12 km / 8 miles
Packed Lunch   Yes
Dogs                   Yes

Enjoy the stunning views during the festival

Enjoy the stunning views during the festival

19 Walk: Ice Age Legacy and Farmhouse Tea

This is an easy to medium walk, with spectacular and breath-taking views. Best described as a high level taster and really rewarding for the less experienced walker, with only one fairly short climb and no stiles. The walk will be accompanied by Alan Bowring, who will explain the fascinating geography of the diverse landscape as we go. Followed by a luscious cream tea at Trewalkin Farm before returning to Talgarth.

Start Point       Trewalkin Farm, Pengenfford, LD3 0HA
Walk Leader    Sarah Doney
Date                  Monday, 06 May 2013
Time                 10:00 – 15:30
Map Ref           SO 158309
Cost                   £10.00
Maximum No     16
Grade                2
Distance   16 km / 10 miles
Ascent      510 m / 1673 ft
Packed Lunch   Yes
Dogs                  No

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2 Responses to Embrace the Beacons on Bank Holiday Weekend With Talgarth Walking Festival

  1. Patricia Doree says:

    A huge thank you!

    Trish Doree, CIP (Certified Interpretative Planner)
    Information Officer / Swyddog Gwybodaeth
    Brecon Beacons National Park Authority/Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog
    Plas y Ffynnon
    Cambrian Way/Ffordd Cambrian
    LD3 7HP
    Telephone/Ffôn – 01874 620480
    Fax/Ffacs – 01874 622574

    [cymraeg logo Sharp.jpg]Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg (dwi’n dysgu Cymraeg)
    Correspondence welcomed in Welsh and English (I’m a Welsh learner)

  2. Dawn Taber says:

    Great festival in an area rich with inspiration. Don’t forget to visit The Big Art Share ‘Park Life’ exhibition at Talgarth Mill and The Bakers Table.

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