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Craig Y Nos Castle Circular

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Craig Y Nos Castle Circular
Author: independenthostels, Published: 16 Apr 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Powys, Brecon Beacons
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Craig Y Nos Castle Circular
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A short circular walk showing great variety. The route will take you through Craig Y Nos Castle's former estate gardens to reach the heathy high moors of the Brecon Beacons where the paths head off into miles of wilderness. Your route then takes you across a mountain stream, past a country church and on to reach views of the valley with limestone outcrops which leads you back to the Craig Y Nos Country Park.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, some of which are fairly steep. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and stiles plus a set of stepping stones over a river, so take particular care at this point. There are toilets available at the car park at the start of the walk.

The walk starts and finishes in the Craig Y Nos Country Park pay and display car park which is located just next to Craig Y Nos Castle on the road from Swansea to Brecon (A4067), just outside Pen Y Cae. Nearest post code SA9 1GL.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wooden Bridge
Start to Wooden Bridge

Start point: 51.8267 lat, -3.6843 long
End point: 51.8285 lat, -3.6806 long

Leave the bottom of the car park and follow the path heading right along the river bank. Just before the riverside path goes into the castle gardens, you will come to a wooden bridge across the river.

Wooden Bridge to Tarmac Lane
Wooden Bridge to Tarmac Lane

Start point: 51.8285 lat, -3.6806 long
End point: 51.8315 lat, -3.6839 long

Cross the bridge and take the waymarked path which heads upstream, over a stile and past a pond on the right. Turn towards the road and cross a field to reach it (via another stile). Cross the road and take the stile on the opposite side, walking up the hill and passing between fields of strange standing stones.

These standing stones sit within the site of The National Showcaves Centre for Wales. Stone circles and standing stones are known to have been in existence since the Neolithic period (circa 10,000BC). They tended not to contain any signs of dwellings or graves, and so it is supposed that they were erected for ceremonial purposes.

You will come to a T-junction with a tarmac lane.

Tarmac Lane to Stepping Stones
Tarmac Lane to Stepping Stones

Start point: 51.8315 lat, -3.6839 long
End point: 51.8374 lat, -3.6824 long

Turn right onto the tarmac lane and follow it down past the entrance drive and on towards camping and caravan site. Look on the left for a track leading up onto the hillside and follow this path to a river gorge. Where the main path turns left and continues to climb, leave it and take the steep path down to the river where you will find stepping stones.

Stepping Stones to Main Road
Stepping Stones to Main Road

Start point: 51.8374 lat, -3.6824 long
End point: 51.8354 lat, -3.6775 long

Cross the river via the stepping stones, taking extreme care. At the far side, follow the path through the wooden gate and heading downhill. Pass the farm building and follow the farm track back to the main road.

Main Road to Beacons Way
Main Road to Beacons Way

Start point: 51.8354 lat, -3.6775 long
End point: 51.8356 lat, -3.672 long

Turn left at the main road and walk along the wide grass verge passing over the Tawe Bridge. Continue until you see St Callwens Church on the opposite side of the road. Cross the road and enter the churchyard. Follow the path past the church and exit from the churchyard via a kissing gate behind the church. Cross the lane and go through another kissing gate ahead into the field beyond. Walk across the field, through another gate and continue heading towards some houses. At the far side, bear right to reach the T-junction in Callwen. Turn left onto the lane and follow this until you cross a bridge. After the bridge look for another kissing gate on your right.

Beacons Way to End
Beacons Way to End

Start point: 51.8356 lat, -3.672 long
End point: 51.8267 lat, -3.6843 long

Go through the kissing gate and join the Beacons Way, a waymarked long distance path. This is well signposted and will lead you all the way back into Criag Y Nos Country Park and on to the car park where the walk began.

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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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