England to Pen-Y-Fan and back in a day
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So the more observant amongst you would have noticed this is a day walk and that the Pen-Y-Fan you are thinking about is at least 40 miles from England, but there is another (well actually there are quite a lot as Pen-Y-Fan means top of the peak)
We start in the village of St Briavels, with its moated Norman castle, that is currently operating as a YHA, we'll drop down into the Wye Valley and cross over the river at Bigsweir before the long (and quite steep in places) climb up to the village of Pen-Y-Fan.
From here we'll follow the ridge round before dropping down to the little village of Whitebrook, nestled into one of the side valleys of the Wye, before working our way back down to the river and back to the Bridge at Bigsweir. Next we follow the Offa's Dyke path for a short distance (this is the 2nd big 'up' of the day) before exploring one of the side valleys on the English side of the Wye and then working our way back to St Briavels and a well deserved pint in the pub.
Dogs will be welcome on the walk but will need to be kept under control.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking. If the weather has been good then you may get away with good quality trainers but walking boots/shoes are recommended.
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch
Food & drink
A packed lunch and plenty to drink will be essential on this walk although there may be an opportunity to purchase extra supplies in Oldbury.