Walk Wednesday – go on a Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival Walk

The annual Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival 2015 takes place across the western half of the Brecon Beacons National Park continues this week until Sunday 7th June.


Here is what’s on this week:

Graig Llech and Henrhyd Wednesday 3rd June 2pm – 5pm     (FIELD STUDY WALK)

A walk into the depths of the Llech gorge beneath Henrhyd Falls in the company of biologist Michael Isaac and geologist Geraint Owen. This damp and shaded woodland habitat occupying a gorge cut into a succession of Coal Measures sandstones and mudstones will certainly offer much of interest to participants besides the famous 90ft falls. Can be combined with the morning walk in the same area – see above. Refreshments and toilets available at hall.

  • Distance/duration: 4km/2.5 miles/3hrs
  • Grade: 3/moderate
  • Total ascent: 90m/300ft
  • Terrain: one steep descent/ascent, narrow woodland paths – can be muddy
  • Start: Coelbren Miners Welfare & Memorial Hall, Coelbren (OS grid ref SN 851116)
  • Getting there: follow signs for Coelbren off the A4221 Inter-Valley Road between Glynneath and Abercrave. Some limited parking at the hall, otherwise please park considerately on nearby streets.
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking advised: please phone the NPVC on 01874 623366
  • Maximum no of participants: 16

Layered Landscapes: reading the record of the rocks Wednesday 3rd June      7pm (TALK)

A talk by Dr Geraint Owen of Swansea University tracing the geological evolution of the Swansea Valley, Cwm Twrch and the Black Mountain. On the border between industrial South Wales and the remote uplands of the western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this is a landscape and community clearly shaped by the rocks beneath.

  • Venue: Ystradowen Community Centre, New Road, Ystradowen, Carms   SA9 2YY
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get there: the centre is on the A4068 between Ystalyfera and Brynaman. There is free parking to the rear of the centre.
  • Further info: phone the NPVC on 01874 623366

Cadair Fawr: cairns, cattle, kilns and quarries Friday 5th June 10am – 4pm (WALK)

In partnership with the Brecon Beacons Park Society, Edith Evans of Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust will explore the history and prehistory of these hillsides between Penderyn and Garwnant Forest. From Bronze Age cairns through Mediaeval farmsteads to the early industrial era limekilns – plenty to see en route – and all amidst a natural landscape of shakeholes and limestone pavements.

  • Distance/duration:  c. 8km/5 miles/6hrs
  • Grade: 3/Moderate
  • Total ascent: 250m/850ft
  • Terrain: mostly short limestone grassland, some damp sections
  • Start: car park at OS grid ref SN 9925 1151 in Garwnant Forest off the minor road between Garwnant and Penderyn.
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking advised: phone NPVC on 01874 623366 (but BBPS members please see BBPS walk programme)
  • Organisations: Brecon Beacons Park Society, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust
  • Maximum no of participants: 24

A talk by James Cresswell Friday 5th June 7.30pm (TALK)

A talk by James Cresswell, polar guide and director of GeoWorld Travel and Scenery Explained Wales on a dramatic and remote part of the world where glaciers and spectacular coastal scenery combine to assail the senses. These rocks tell of a billion years of earth history and intriguingly some share a part of their story with our own rocks.

  • Venue: The Guildhall, Brecon LD3 7AL
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get there: plentiful free parking available nearby
  • Further info: phone the NPVC on 01874 623366

Two Forts, Two Peoples Sunday 7th June 10am – 4pm      (EVENT & WALK)

Join us at Bethlehem Village Hall for a day celebrating the spectacular Iron Age site at Garn Goch which rises above the Carmarthenshire village of Bethlehem with commanding views over the Towy valley. A guided walk will leave the hall at 11am bound for the twin hill-forts on Garn Goch; y Gaer Fawr and y Gaer Fach, returning for 1.30pm. Displays at the hall. Refreshments and toilets available. Please bring a packed lunch if joining the walk.

  • Distance/duration: 6.3km/4 miles/2.5 hours
  • Grade: 3/moderate
  • Total ascent: 215m/700ft
  • Terrain: rough underfoot in places on the Garn
  • Start: Bethlehem Hall (the Old School) SA19 6YH (OS grid ref SN 686253)
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking advised: please phone the NPVC on 01874 623366
  • Maximum no of participants: 24

LEAF Open Farm Sunday near Llanddeusant Sunday 7th June (EVENT & WALKS)

A chance to see the types of fields our great grandfathers farmed at Pengraig goch farm, a traditional farm of the area. Ancient meadows, easy and more difficult walks, guided walks available, and pond dipping for children. Photography and wildlife spotting. But no dogs please. NOTE: this event does not form a part of the Geopark Festival but is mentioned as visitors to the area may wish to enjoy this and the ‘Two Forts, Two Peoples‘ event at Bethlehem which is close by.

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: A few miles up the road from Garn Goch, Bethlehem. Go to A4069 and turn towards Brynaman and the mountains. Take left signed ‘Lluest Pony Trust’ (not the left over the bridge signed to Llanddeusant but the next left) Go 1 mile up the lane, and the farm entrance is on the right signed ‘Pengraig goch’. Postcode SA19 9GH
  • More info: www.farmsunday.org
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