Sunday, 19 August 2018
Meeting time: 9:00
Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
Strenuous 12 miles / 19.3 km
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.
Pontcanna Fields Car Park, at the end of Fields Park Road.
Please note I will not be at the meeting point. If you need a lift from Cardiff I recommend that you ask in the group to find out who will be there.
Grid reference: ST166775
Nearest postcode: CF11 9JW
Meeting time: 09:00
Garwnant Visitor Centre.
£2 for parking
Grid reference: SO003130
Nearest postcode: CF48 2HU
Start time: 10:00
This is a circular walk
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