Sunday, 29 July 2018 (Group: Tiger Bay Ramblers)
Meeting time 9:00,
Start time 10:00
12 miles / 19.3 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
Closer to Cardiff than the tourist traps of the central Beacons are places that see few visitors, but there's a reason.
If you are prepared for knee high vegetation, no paths and occasional bogs this walk offers quite a variety. Limestone peaks, old quarry workings, skylarks, a small cave, and above all a sense of remoteness you normally have to go a lot further to find.
Starting at the Garwnant Visitor centre, which has a cafe and toilets the walk begins on clear forestry tracks - but don't be fooled. After a brief section on a quiet country road we strike out across country finding our way via sheep tracks and other unmapped paths across to Ogof Fawr. This is the toughest section of the walk in terms of rough ground.
After a break at the caves and river we make our way onto Mynydd y glog, where the ground is now drier and easier going.
Then it's back across the wilderness to cross the road and make the ascent of Cadair Fawr. From here we drop down through old quaries to pick up the road briefly before joining a path, that exists more in the imagination of the ordnance survey than on the ground, back down to the woods above the visitors centre.