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Cicerone Guides: Walking on the Brecon Beacons: 45 Circular Walks in the National Park

Walking / Outdoor Guide

Series: Cicerone British Walking Guides

By: Andrew Davies(Author), David Whittaker(Author)

256 pages, photos, maps

Cicerone Press

Paperback | Feb 2010 | Edition: 2 | #185382 | ISBN-13: 9781852845544
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About this book

Guidebook to 45 lesser known circular walks in Brecon Beacons National Park, perfect for those wishing to discover the diversity of the region, away from the crowds. The routes, which range from 3.3 km (2 miles) to 21.6 km (13.4 miles), cover four geographic areas: Mynydd Du (The Black Mountain), Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon), offering a variety of stunning mountain and valley walking.

Designed to be akin to 'a park ranger in your pocket', route descriptions (together with 1:50,000 OS mapping) are accompanied by commentary on topics such as geomorphology, archaeology, local history, land-use and environmental issues. A useful Welsh-English glossary is also included, as are summary tables organizing routes by both difficulty and interest.

A remarkably diverse landscape, the Brecon Beacons National Park showcases some of the best scenery in Wales. The area also offers a plethora of sites and activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Favourite attractions for children include Dan-yr-Ogof Show Caves in the Swansea Valley, Brecon Mountain Railway at Penderyn and Big Pit National Coal Museum near Blaenavon. Picturesque market towns on the edges of the park, such as Llandovery, Brecon, Crickhowell and Abergavenny, are also great places to explore.


Contents

INTRODUCTION
      Geology of the Brecon Beacons
      Changing woodland
      Human impact
      Birdlife
      Getting to and staying in the National Park
      A solitary guided walk?
      Using this guide

1 NORTH-EASTERN VALLEYS AND RIDGES
      1 Cwm Llwch and Cefn Cwm Llwch
      2 Cwm Llwch Ridge
      3 Cwm Llwch Valley
      4 Cwm Sere and Cefn Cwm Llwch
      5 Cwm Sere and Bryn Teg
      6 Cwm Sere Ridge
      7 Cwm Sere Valley
      8 Cwm Cynwyn and Bryn Teg
      9 Cwm Cynwyn and Cefn Cyff
      10 Cwm Cynwyn Ridge
      11 Cwm Cynwyn Valley
      12 Cwm Oergwm and Cefn Cyff
      13 Cwm Oergwm and Gist Wen
      14 Cwm Oergwm Ridge
      15 Cwm Oergwm Valley
2 EASTERN VALLEYS AND RIDGES
      16 Bryn
      17 Cwm Tarthwynni Circuit
      18 Blaen-y-glyn and Allt Forgan
      19 Blaen-y-glyn and Craig y Fan Ddu
      20 Torpantau Circuit
3 SOUTH-WESTERN VALLEYS AND RIDGES
      21 Neuadd Horseshoe
      22 Cwm Llysiog and Waun Wen
      23 Cwm Crew and Cefn Crew
4 FFOREST FAWR
      24 Craig Cerrig-gleisiad
      25 Fan Fawr
      26 Craig Cwm-du and Fan Frynych
      27 Craig Cwm-du, Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia
      28 Fan Gyhirych and Fan Nedd
5 WATERFALL COUNTRY
      29 Pontneddfechan Waterfalls
      30 Waterfall Walk
      31 Sgwd yr Eira
      32 Ystradfellte Falls
      33 Afon Nedd and Afon Mellte
6 THE BLACK MOUNTAIN (MYNYDD DU)
      34 Carmarthen Fans and Glacial Cwms
      35 Nant Pedol and Drysgol
      36 Sinc Giedd and Bannau Sir Gaer
      37 Afon Twrch
      38 Henrhyd Falls and River Tawe
      39 Cwm Sawdde and Garreg Las
7 THE BLACK MOUNTAINS (Y MYNYDDOEDD DUON)
      40 Pen Cerrig-calch and Table Mountain
      41 Craig y Cilau and Cwm Onneu Fach
      42 Crug Mawr and Sugar Loaf
      43 Llanthony Priory, Offa’s Dyke and Bal Mawr
      44 Lord Hereford’s Knob and Nant Bwch
      45 Castell Dinas and Waun Fach

Appendix 1 Routes by Difficulty
Appendix 2 Routes by Interest
Appendix 3 Index of Information Boxes
Appendix 4 Brief Welsh–English Glossary
Appendix 5 Useful Contacts


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Biography

Andy Davies lives near Marloes in Pembrokeshire where he works in marine nature conservation and as a professional writer and photographer. He also creates limited edition prints of abstract and impressionistic wildlife images.

David Whittaker has enjoyed the mountains of Britain all his life, walking and climbing in Wales, Scotland and the Lake District. He has also trekked and climbed all over the world. He is an Emeritus Professor of Forensic Dentistry and in 2003 received the OBE for his work.

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