Brecon Beacons 3 day Wild Camp
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This will give you an idea of the environment https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-33506589
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You need to have mountain walking experience, good equipment and a high level of fitness to carry your food, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and bivvy bag or small tent for three days, including two ascents from valley floor to summit level. Most of the time we’ll be on defined trails, however some of the time will be on difficult terrain with no trail. I expect that we’ll walk about 15km on Friday, 20km on Saturday and 10km on Sunday at a fairly leisurely pace.
We will meet next to the White Hart Inn in Talybont at 9:15am on Friday 31st July, so that we can depart by 9:30am, with the aim of getting to a suitable place to sleep by late afternoon/early evening. We’ll follow the route of a disused railway, going alongside Talybont reservoir, then across the top of the reservoir and steeply up past the Blaen – Glyn waterfalls. We’ll then have tough ascent through tussocked grass to find a place to sleep amongst old quarry remains.
On Saturday, we’ll be up early, visit the Wellington memorial, then head a little way East to then travel West over the summits of all 6 principal peaks in the Brecon Beacons section of the national park. Then South along the highest and longest ridge and drop to valley floor level at the Lower Neuadd reservoir, followed by a climb to the summit of Craig-y-Fan Ddu, in time to get our tents up before we watch the sun set behind Pen-y-fan.
Sunday will be fairly relaxed, heading to Carn Pica and then down to the Talybont reservoir dam; with the choice of being sensible and following the disused railway to Talybont; or if it’s warm, following the course of the river from the reservoir and getting rather wet.
Thursday Night – Because it will be holiday season, if you plan to stay near Talybont on the night before the event, I suggest you book well in advance. You’ll need to book your own accommodation that night. I’ll be staying locally and should you wish to get in touch, I’ll let you know where I’m staying should you wish to stay at the same place for ease.
If you have difficulties with travel or accommodation, please talk to me or add a request at the bottom the event post.
Please contact me with any questions.
Photo Credits: All photos taken by Paul Ridealgh and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.
What to bring
Please review the Outdoorlads kit lists for a general guide, but essential on this walk are previously used good hiking boots, waterproof cagoule and overtrousers, small DISCREET tent or bivvy bag, head torch with adequate battery life and low light output, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, personal hygiene materials, any medication, sun protection, adequate warm clothing, rucksack and enough food and drink and cooking equipment. See the comments about water in food and drink. I suggest that your full rucksack (including water) should weigh less than 16kg and less than ¼ of your weight; if it risks being heavier, then try to share tents or cooking equipment with other members of the group. I will use walking poles, to help me get up and down the fairly steep and long ascents and descents.
Food & drink
Bring enough food to cover your needs for the duration of the event. Once we leave Talybont, there will be no chance to buy anything until we return to Talybont.
Each day day we will encounter streams, so it will be possible to top up water from time to time. However, once we leave the waterfalls early on Friday afternoon, we may not find water until we drop down to the Lower Neuadd reservoir on Saturday afternoon (unless you descend the mountain to get water and climb back up again). You need to make appropriate arrangements to render the water fit for your consumption.
(I drink less than most people; I will be carrying three 1 litre water bottles, one to drink from and the others with purification tablets at work. I will re-fill the bottles with stream water, maybe passed through a filter).