Geofest 2017-20th May to 4th June!

The next Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival returns over the course of 16 days from Saturday 20th May to Sunday 4th June!

Geofest 2017 is now underway in the Brecon Beacons National Park, running until Saturday 3rd June. The festival is a celebration of the Fforest Fawr UNESCO Geopark in the west of the park and includes walks, talks and the popular family Activity Day at Craig y nos Country Park next Wednesday 31st May, 10am-4.30pm.

This year visitors can expect even more from the family activity day in the central meadow at Craig y nos Country Park. New for 2017 is a chance to have a go at canoeing on the lake or caving in a fibreglass cave as well as the ever popular zip wire. You can also meet hawks and bees. Bring the dog too as behaviourist Theresa Toomey will be on hand to offer expert advice on all your pooch related questions, just remember to keep your pet on the lead.  There will be orienteering, geocaching, stone carving, weaving, muddy play areas and hands on geology, wildlife and archaeology activities. Please note there is a car parking charge of £5 for cars.

If you prefer a programme of walks is available throughout the festival week, perfect for those wanting to explore the Geopark. It has been 480 million years in the making with a varied landscape sculpted by ice and further changed by those who live in it. further. Trace the early inhabitants and seek out the many Bronze age cairns on the ‘Cadlan’s Cairns’, walk Thursday 26 May or find out how geology influences the vegetation by joining the ‘Carreg Cennen to Garreg Las’, walk on Tuesday 30 May. To view the full programme and to book visit


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Highlights include:

1. Tuesday 30 May 2017   10am – 4.00pm
Carreg Cennen to Garreg Las

An exploration of the wildlife and landscape near Carreg Cennen Castle via the Beacons Way, through limestone and sandstone territory visiting the best example in the park of geology influencing vegetation.

  • Start: Carreg Cennen Castle car park  (OS grid ref SN 666193)  SA19 6UA
  • Distance/time: 8km / 5 miles            6 hours
  • Ascent/grade: 290m / 950ft              Moderate
  • Cost: £6
  • Dogs: sorry – no dogs on this wildlife walk

Book your place on this walk now through Eventbrite.

2. Thursday 1st June 2017       1.30pm – 5pm
Wildlife with a View

A walk with Brecknock Wildlife Trust exploring the natural history of Craig y Rhiwarth and the Allt Rhongyr nature reserve.

  • Start: Craig-y-nos Country Park  (OS grid ref SO 840155)  SA9 1GL
  • Distance/time: 5.5km / 3.5 miles         3.5 hours
  • Ascent/grade: 225m / 700ft                  Moderate
  • Cost: £4
  • Dogs: sorry – no dogs on this wildlife walk

Book your place on this walk now through Eventbrite.

3. Friday 2nd June 2017       10am – 4pm
A Walk with the National Trust in the Central Beacons

A walk in partnership with the Brecon Beacons Park Society (BBPS) and the National Trust via Cefn Cwm Llwch, Pen y Fan, Corn Du and visiting Llyn Cwm Llwch before returning around Twyn y Dyfnant. Join Rob Reith, the Trust’s lead ranger, to explore the landscape, history, management and conservation of this special place.

  • Start: National Trust’s Cwm Gwdi car park  (OS grid ref SO 024247)
  • Distance/time: 13km / 8miles        6 hours
  • Ascent/grade:  600m / 2000ft        Energetic
  • Cost: £6 for non-BBPS members
  • Dogs: well-behaved dogs on short leads welcome

Book your place on this walk now through Eventbrite.

4. Saturday 3rd June 2017       10.30am – 3.30pm
A Circuit of Circles

An exploration of a newly aligned section of the Beacons Way in a lesser visited part of the Black Mountain, visiting Blaenllynfell, Cefn y Cylchau and Cefn Truman. Plenty of circular depressions along the way.

  • Start: top car park, Black Mountain quarries  (OS grid ref SN 732187)
  • Distance/time: 8km / 5 miles         5 hours
  • Ascent/grade: 260m / 850ft            Moderate
  • Cost: £6
  • Dogs: well-behaved dogs on short leads welcome

Book your place on this walk now through Eventbrite.

Ian Rowat, the National Park Authority’s Member Champion for Biodiversity and the Environment commented;

“This annual celebration of the Geopark is extra special this year thanks to the success of Fforest Fawr in retaining its prestigious title as a UNESCO Global Geopark earlier this year. Geofest gives everyone the chance to learn more about the area, its geology, wildlife and the people who have shaped it.”

All walks can be found here!

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