Brecon Beacons Walk

Posted 3/9/2017

Once again it’s pleasing to report that we have conducted a walk where all our plans and the weather came together to create a near perfect days walking for Dearne Valley Walking Group during our Brecon Beacons walk yesterday.

Our group of nine walkers travelled to South Wales during the of Friday, where we used the Premier Inn at Ebbw Vale as our base for the weekend, meeting up for a couple of social beers to plan timings for the following day.

We had decided to change the start point of the walk from the Storey Arms to start from the Taf Fechan Forest, where it would be possible to do a horseshoe walk of the surrounding peaks to Pen-Y-Fan too without increasing mileage or ascent too greatly. The walk along the road from the car park to Neuadd Reservoirs where our ascent started did however instantly add two miles to the overall walk.

From here there was a rather sharp ascent where we did a 700ft height gain in just over half a mile to get onto the Graig Fan Ddu ridge.

From here we walked along the ridge and around the horseshoe until we reached our first peak of the day, Corn Ddu, (873m), by now the views had really opened up into full 360 degree views and visibility was almost perfect, on one of the best walking days of the year as far as visibility at height is concerned.

From here we made the short trip to our second peak, Pen-Y-Fan the highest British Peak south of Snowdonia which stands at 886 Metres. Here we stopped, and queued for a summit picture and had a lunch break enjoying the stunning views. Jane & Dean Duke enjoyed a champagne lunch here to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.

From here with everyone fed and still feeling energetic we walked onwards to conquer our next peak, Cribyn, (795m), which involved a 700ft descent and an ascent of 400 feet in just over three quarters of a mile, as you can imagine our party found this quite tough.

From here it was on to our final peak of the day, Fan-Y-Big, which once again we descended steeply from the previous peak, (about 600 feet) to climb around 370 feet to reach the summit of our final peak.

By now we were starting to tire somewhat and from here it was a final descent and walk back down the valley to the forest and the end of our walk. Our party called off for an end of walk drink in true DVWG style at the Red Cow Inn in the village of Pontsticill which we passed through on our return journey to Ebbw Vale.

Well done to our party of nine people, who took on this DVWG mountain day covering 11.1 miles, with a stunning 1456 metres of ascent at a reasonable pace. It was a tremendous days walking and a tremendous achievement to bag four peaks too, this is also more commendable when our party comprised of several individuals who are either infrequent or relatively new walkers with DVWG. A big hello also goes out to Marie Beckett who chose this walk to make her DVWG debut.

If you haven’t seen them already watch out for the pictures of this walk, Dean and Steve were busy throughout capturing the day and the scenery, taking some stunning shots, hopefully there will inspire us all to a return journey for more Brecon Beacons adventures.

Once back in Ebbw Vale, showering and changing it was time for the now traditional end of mountain walk meal for our group washed down with a few drinks to reflect on a day of mountain walking which was damn near perfect.

As a final footnote to this report, we awoke this morning in South Wales to torrential rain and poor visibility.