Southern Britain’s 3 Highest Summits (Brecon Beacons)
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The Brecon Beacons are a range of Old Red Sandstone peaks, which form the central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Quite a lot of ascent (800 metres) as we take in the three highest summits in Southern Britain, will make this a challenging walk. However if the weather is kind we will have stunning views of both the mountains and the spurs and valleys radiating out from them.
Due to the nature of the terrain in the Brecon Beacons a good level of fitness is required for this walk.
From the Neuadd Car Park, we will head up to the Lower Neuadd Reservoir, across the dam and straight into the toughest ascent of the day, which will take us up to the Craig Fan Ddu ridge. We will then follow the ridge to its highest point at Bwlch Duwynt (824 metres). Then it’s a very short descent and ascent to the summit of Corn Du (873m), then a similarly short journey to the highest point in Southern Britain, the summit of Pen y Fan (886m). We then drop a long way, to then climb to the top of Cribyn (795m); another long descent to the pass at the highest point in the Roman Road which links South and mid Wales. We will then follow the Roman Road back to the car park.
Dogs: Dogs under close control are welcome on this event, so long as owners are able to lift them over locked gates and high stiles.
Photo Credits: All photos taken by Paul Ridealgh; permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.
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- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop.
- Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
- Public transport use to the start point is discouraged, as this is a non-essential journey.
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What to bring
MOUNTAIN WALKS KIT LIST
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
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
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
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: 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
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
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 unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
Please bring enough food and water for a long day in the mountains. Energy bars/drinks for added fuel
There is no possibility to obtain food during this walk.