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NeilC

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Brecons weekender suggestions?
« on: 10:48:34, 12/01/18 »
In the next week or two I'm gonna visit the Brecon Beacons for a weekender with a wild camp. I've done the Pen Y Fan horseshoe on day walks before. I'm happy to include that as part of it but I'm interested in hearing any suggestions for something a bit different to include and also any wild camp suggestions. My normal camp method is to just keep an eye out for a decent, flat spot as we go and always finding something before darkness but it's good to have at least a vague idea in advance.


Also be interested to hear of any little scrambles to consider to keep things interesting.


Where's the best place to find out the weather there? I'm assuming there's no snow to speak of right now.

phil1960

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Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: 12:58:44, 12/01/18 »
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/mobile/mountains/brecon-beacons#?tab=mountainWeather
Youíll be hard pushed to find any scrambling as such in the Beacons (not the Brecons, thereís no such place). What part of the Beacons were you thinking? Black mountains, central Beacons, Fforest Fawr or the Black Mountain (Y Mynydd Du)? I donít camp or wild camp but if I can help with a specific area I will.
Touching from a distance, further all the time.

NeilC

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Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: 15:07:29, 12/01/18 »
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/mobile/mountains/brecon-beacons#?tab=mountainWeather
Youíll be hard pushed to find any scrambling as such in the Beacons (not the Brecons, thereís no such place). What part of the Beacons were you thinking? Black mountains, central Beacons, Fforest Fawr or the Black Mountain (Y Mynydd Du)? I donít camp or wild camp but if I can help with a specific area I will.


Thanks.


Central. Done the black mountains to death. Will be arriving in Brecon to meet

Dyffryn Ardudwy

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Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: 15:23:50, 12/01/18 »
How about following the famous Coelbren Roman Road, starting from the Mountain Centre above Libanus, and heading towards Coelbren.
The distance is just about right for a long weekend, and the route takes in some great parts of the Beacons National Park, that not that many people bother to explore.
The route, is almost entierly flat, so i am afraid there are little scrambling opportunities, but i did the walk back in 1995, and enjoyed every bit of it.


The views are incredible, its well worth checking out, but most of it goes through very remote country, so the weather has to be fairly favourable, as you will be in the teeth of it, with nowhere to take shelter.


The section from the Mountain Centre, where it starts in the Pen Y fan and Forest Fawr direction, is not the place to go in driving rain,  i learnt to my cost, when traversing various sections of it, your clothing has got to be in tip top shape.


The Road from Brecon's Y Gaer fort, is not easy to follow, the archaeologists know the course it took, but from the Mountain Centre, its direction is never in doubt, so this is where most walkers doing the route will start.

Maybe more of a spring summer adventure, or a winter traverse for someone with the experience and knowledge to navigate in possibly hostile conditions.
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phil1960

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Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: 18:03:39, 12/01/18 »
How about this one -
Set out from Storey Arms or Pont ar Daf, then take the taff trail northward toward Brecon. At around the 290m contour take the path toward the A470 then across the road to follow the path up into Craig Cerrig Gleisiad.Follow this to Fan Frynach, Craig Cerrig Gleisiad summit, then Fan Fawr (good wild camp spot). From here head towards Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia (good wild camp spot), then descend to Afon Llia. Then cross road to climb Fan Nedd (good wild camp spot), descend to Maen Llia an ancient standing stone, follow roman road Sarn Helen to Pont Blaen Cwm Du, ascend to Fan Frynach again then follow Beacons Way back to car, itís a fair bit of ascent, but not too strenuous and youíll love it.
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Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: 18:51:41, 12/01/18 »
Touching from a distance, further all the time.

Dyffryn Ardudwy

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Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: 19:29:51, 12/01/18 »
By what i can remember of this area, the Coelbren Roman road, uses the Maen Llia, Maen Madoc section, so its a great walking area.
Living in Cardiff, it was not a part of the Beacons i visited that often, as it was slightly off the main A470 Storey Arms bit,  but  the latin inscription on the Mean Madoc standing stone next to the Roman rd, always impressed me, blimey what stories of past history that stone could tell us.

I can remember one visit to see this stone, back in the late 1980s, that the weather was so terrible, that i got soaked to the skin, less than a few yds from my car., stair rods was not the word for it, Niagra falls stuff, all day and relentless.

I wonder what %age of visitors to the main Beacons area, ever visit Mean Madoc, its a lonely location, and easily accessible, but in a remote area of the park.

Brings back great memories of my early walking career.
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NeilC

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Re: Brecons weekender suggestions?
« Reply #7 on: 09:33:05, 13/01/18 »
Great - thanks for the ideas guys.

I'll get the map out and work out a route.

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