West Brecon Beacons, near Brynamman (39210)
The West Brecon Beacons offer some truly spectacular views from wild peaks to sweeping valleys, that open out to the flat lowlands and views that go on forever. If you are really lucky the view will still be dominated by a snow capped Black Mountain. With or without the snow it's still an impressive sight.
The West Brecon Beacons offer some truly spectacular views from wild peaks to sweeping valleys, that open out to the flat lowlands with their farms and views that go on forever. If you are really lucky the view will still be dominated by a snow capped Black Mountain. With or without the snow that is still an impressive sight.
The main joy is actually getting to the location, which is surprisingly easy [from Bristol it was only 4 or 5 different roads]. You go from the urban sprawl, into increasingly smaller villages and then, once you cross the cattle grids, you enter a wild wonderland that feels like you have left civilisation behind you. Once you are at the top of the peaks, which is the first third of the walk, you will see for miles and miles across the mountains and then in the valley, the final third of the walk, you get to see the route you have just done and enjoy it all from a new perspective. Which will be lovely until you see the route back up to the car park that is half way back up the mountain.
10.30am - Meet at 51.8575820, -3.8460010
12.30 - lunch [please note there are no places to buy lunch during or near the location so please bring your own]
3pm - Finish, due to the remoteness of the location there will be no opportunity for a post walk pub visit
Starting off on the wild side of Carn Pen Rhiw Ddu it follows barely used paths over 2 summits (Carreg Lwyd & Foel Fraith) and then down the Cefn y Cylchau Valley. This section is a path but crosses a few springs and boggy patches so come prepared! From here it is a mixture of farmer access paths and roads until we get back to the bottom of the start mountain, CPRD, where it is a steep climb back up to the car park to get your heart rate racing again. Sometimes the farmers roads are very flooded but they run next to wild open access land, so we can easily walk through the thick grasses alongside the path.
The car park does not have a post code but if you search for 51.8575820, -3.8460010 on googlemaps this will point you to it. Please note there are two free car parks close to each other, the correct car park is a beauty spot with a steep drop down to the valley and a perfect view for as far as they eye can see, including a few picnic benches at the far side of the car park. It is also on a sharp corner.
The one near it does not have a drop off and the view of the valley is obscured and it is on a straighter section of the road
What to bring
Please make sure you bring wet weather walking gear, gaiters and poles will be useful especially if you are not used to such terraine. The drive home wont be ideal in potentially wet clothing too, so remember a change of trousers...just in-case
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks. Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters. Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.
Gators: Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.
Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt. The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.
Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.
Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading. Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.
Emergency Equipment: A number of items should be taken in case problems occur whilst walking in the hills. Emergency equipment becomes of greater importance the further from civilisation walkers are. Equipment should include spare food stuffs of high energy, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire, either storm proof matches or a firelighter.
Food & Water: At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required. Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken. Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.
Map & Compass: A map of the area being walked in is essential as well as a compass. The map should be in a waterproof bag or be of a waterproof design.
Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Food & Drink
- Please bring your own supplies for the day. 2 litres of water and a packed lunch at a minimum. There are no opportunities to buy supplies when there
Meeting & Times
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