Friday, 15 July 2011

#34.FAN Y BIG HORSESHOE.30-6-11.

Today's walk saw me visit the Brecon Beacon's with Howie where we met Dan (Willo off the forum) for this delightful walk taking in Fan y Big,Bwlch y Ddwyallt (Gwaun Cerrig Llwydian) and Waun Rydd.We parked in the Tal Fechan Forest and took the lane to the east of the Neuadd Reservoir's.
It was overcast at first but nice and mild.Looking down on the reservoir.

It is only 2.5 mile to the summit of Fan y Big with 1,000 feet of ascent and it is quickly reached.Just off the summit is the "diving board",a rocky ledge with a blooming big drop down.Here's me on it with Pen y Fan in the distance.

Distant view to Llangorse Lake and Mynydd Troed.

By now the cloud was breaking up and it was getting very warm.

The walking above Craig Cwareli is easy giving lovely view's down the Cwm Oergwm valley.

The summit of Bwlch y Ddwyallt was passed before we took in a minor top marked by it's height,769 metres, we then made for the cracking cairn above Craig Pwllfa.

We then dropped down the ridge of Craig y Fan and as my knee was hurting i rested whilst the boy's made the there and back route to bag Allt Lwyd.

Next the boy's wanted to visit the memorial cairn to the Wellington Bomber that crashed in July 1942 killing all the Canadian Airmen,so i put the co-ords. in my GPS unit and we set off above Cwar y Gigfran to find it.It is located below the cliff's and care was needed getting down to it.

From here we followed the path above Graig Fan Las to reach the Caerfanell stream.The sun now beaming down on us.

We joined the Beacon's Way LDFP before following this stream back to the car park.

We then popped in the White Hart in Talybont-on-Usk for a pint sitting in the beer garden beside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal,what a great way to end a great day.

Today's total's were 10.5 miles with 2,000 feet of ascent visiting 4 tops.

MILEAGE        247.5
ASCENT          57,500
TOPS               66.

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