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|Author: debdwi, Published: 21 Nov 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Powys, Brecon Beacons (South)|
|This circular walk takes you from the Pontsticill Reservoir up onto the summit of Pant-y-Creigiau overlooking the southern Brecon Beacons. On a clear day, this walk gives wide ranging views taking in the Pontsticill, Pentwyn and Talybont Reservoirs and the hills of the southern Brecon Beacons, including the southern horseshoe. |
The Brecon Beacons is a very remote/exposed area and it can be easy to lose your way, so remember the usual walking rules: be prepared with a paper map and compass as well as snacks/drinks and appropriate clothing/footwear. There is one stiff climb up to the summit of Pant-y-Creigiau and some muddy paths - especially after rain - so waterproof boots are recommended.There are several gates on route, plus one stile. OS Explorer OL12 or Landranger 160.
Travelling east on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road, shortly after its junction at a roundabout with the A470, turn left (signed Cefncoed-y-Cymmer). Immediately, at the first junction, go straight over following the road to the village of Pontsticill. After passing through the village, at a fork, take the left higher road and travel the length of the Pontsticill Reservoir until the road forks again. The right fork is marked as a No Through Road and you take this down to the parking place on your left (Grid Ref. SO05471440). Nearest post code is CF48 2UR.
|Start to Gate on Left|
Start point: 51.8205 lat, -3.3731 long
From the parking place, turn left and walk along the road, crossing the dam. Continue on the road, passing under the Brecon Mountain Railway bridge. You will see a gate ahead of you into Dolygaer Outdoor Centre. Do NOT go into the Centre, instead look to your left where you will see another gate leading off the road.
|Gate on Left to Broad Forestry Track|
Start point: 51.8208 lat, -3.3673 long
Turn left through this gate and then cross a stile. This path will lead you to a broad forestry track. Turn left onto this track.
|Broad Forestry Track to Public Road|
Start point: 51.822 lat, -3.3693 long
Follow this broad forestry track which takes you above the railway with Pentwyn Reservoir below to your left. Continue for about 2 km, enjoying this long section above the reservoir. You will emerge alongside a cattle grid to reach the public road.
|Public Road to Parking Area|
Start point: 51.8417 lat, -3.3801 long
Turn right onto the road and follow it gently uphill. Walk along the road for 500m, enjoying the view of Craig-y-Fan-Ddu to your left, until you reach a small parking area/pull off point on your right.
|Parking Area to Trig Point|
Start point: 51.8456 lat, -3.3766 long
You need to turn right off the road here, up an earthy path. This section of the walk takes you up to the summit of Pant-y-Creigiau. It is a stiff climb up some land that has been damaged by off-roading in the past, but which is being restored. Views over the area begin to open up in all directions.
|Trig Point to Promontory|
Start point: 51.8364 lat, -3.3706 long
Continue past the trig point, following a faint path that keeps to the ridge, keeping left away from the reservoir. Continue just to where there is a slight promontory (a raised mass of land) on your left. This is a good place to sit and have your lunch/snack with views down to the Tal-y-bont Reservoir in the distance.
|Promontory to Gate at Forest Edge|
Start point: 51.8325 lat, -3.3531 long
At this point you need to veer off down to the right to meet a path at the corner of forestry where there is a gate. Several faint paths contour round down to this point.
|Gate at Forest Edge to Junction with Forestry Track|
Start point: 51.83 lat, -3.3462 long
Go through the gate and follow the stony path down to an intersection with a forestry track. Go straight over following the rough path down.
|Junction with Forestry Track to End|
Start point: 51.8279 lat, -3.3523 long
This section of the path goes over some ground where trees have blocked the main path and one must walk round them. This is not a major problem, but be prepared and take care over some muddy, branch strewn ground - especially when there has been rain. You will pass some ruined buildings in this section. This path will take you through the Dolygaer Outdoor Centre (due to be sold) and then becomes the road you left earlier. Keep ahead to retrace your steps back over the dam to your car.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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