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|Author: Mattreed, Published: 20 Nov 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|The Usk Reservoir is in a remote area surrounded by forest and moor-land overlooking Mynydd Du or the Black Mountain. This is a 6 mile circular trail which winds its way around the reservoir.|
The Usk reservoir can be found in the upper reaches of the Usk river valley. It is located 6 miles from Trecastle and is signposted on the Llanddeusant road. Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 - SN 834 286.
|Start to stream|
Start point: 51.9441 lat, -3.6988 long
Start in the car park. The walk can be done either in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction; heading in a clockwise direction means that many of the longer slopes will be downhill. This walk is described in the anticlockwise direction so therefore head over the bridge with the reservoir on your left, to start the walk.
|Stream to edge of reservoir|
Start point: 51.9459 lat, -3.7208 long
The path is a mix of compacted-stone forestry tracks and tarmac roads which is easy to follow, however at one point the track heads up alongside a stream through a wooded area which can be quite muddy. At the top of the wooded area, the path rejoins a larger forestry track. Head left at the top and continue along the forestry track.
|Edge of reservoir to view of Mynydd Du|
Start point: 51.9403 lat, -3.7245 long
The path heads down here to the edge of the reservoir affording an excellent view and a good picnic spot.
|View of Mynydd Du to End|
Start point: 51.9354 lat, -3.7218 long
From here continue to follow the forestry track through wooded areas. Further along, the path opens out and you will get an excellent view of Mynydd Du (The Black Mountain). Continue to follow the track back to the car park from where you started the walk.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Mattreed and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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