9th August – Pen-y-Fan Circular Walk

Another opportunity to join our Rangers on a family friendly walk up Pen-y-Fan.
More information here.

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The path ahead

2014 will be even more challenging than most years, as I have to recruit two new staff members, one seasonal to help me repair the footpaths on the Beacons from May to September and one to help me manage Abergwesyn, Sugarloaf, Skirrid, and the Begwns uplands.

This spring early summer will see us locating a shipping container that we will clad in timber and use as an information point in the Pont-ar-Daf car park, at last the meet and greet Wardens will get some shelter.
We are employing two landscape designers for the Pont-ar-Daf car park project.  They will begin in March and hopefully go to planning in April.

Rebecca Parton our business support co-ordinator and I are in the process of doing a Brecon Beacons leaflet (our first) with some info and a map with walks.
Our walking and events calendar has been agreed by all and is quite full with a good variety of challenges all over the properties (Brecon Beacons and Sugarloaf & Usk Valley), so you can do high level, low level and get the children involved in 50 things.
The remaining weekends are taken up with volunteer groups, we have Bath University, working holidays , London Middlesex vols, to name but a few.

Danish exchange students helping me in not so ideal weather - at least we can see where the water is running.

Danish exchange students helping me in not so ideal weather – at least we can see where the water is running.

This winter has been spent running around digging and then redigging ditches to try and control the water flow, the path work we have tried on the Pont-ar-Daf has been a wash out, elbow deep in cold water and mud is not good for the complexion despite what the beauticians tell us.
I acquired a second hand mini excavator this winter which will help speed up the ditch digging and path levelling, saving my poor back and of course those of my volunteers.

Dreaming of days like this...

Dreaming of days like this…

Access Ranger

Hills and Woodlands


Come with us on Saturday 12th October and meander along the Tarell Valley, through Carno Wood and up onto The Gyrn to soak up the history and wilderness of this special place situated beneath the great peaks of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du.

  • Please bring waterproofs, warm, comfortable clothing, walking boots, food and drink.
  • Please meet at Storey Arms car park on the A470 (SN 982 203) (LD3 8NL)
  • 10am start
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • Children aged 7+ are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This walk involves steep inclines and descents, well-maintained paths, but occasionally uneven underfoot. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Booking Essential
Adult £5, Child £2, book online or call 0844 249 1895
More Information: Hana Callard, 01874 625515, brecon@nationaltrust.org.uk

The lake horseshoe

Join our ranger for a hard, but rewarding, eight-mile hike across the Brecon Beacons on Saturday 14th September.

Walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales

You will take in the mystical glacial lake at Cwm Llwch, summit Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du – the highest mountains in southern Britain, as well as visit the poignant Tommy Jones obelisk.

  • Please bring waterproofs, warm, comfortable clothing and sturdy walking boots. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • Please meet for 10am start at Cwm Gwdi car park (SO 025 249).
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • This is a hard walk, involving steep climbs and ridge walking.

Booking Essential
Adult £5, buy online or call 0844 249 1895
More Information: Hana Callard, 01874 625515, brecon@nationaltrust.org.uk

Get walking

PrintSeptember sees the start of our Great Welsh Walk season.  So to help you get out and explore we are adding to the blog pages a selection of walks available from our website – if it hasn’t appeared quite yet, head this way.  They are all free to download, all you need is a map, suitable clothes and refreshments.  The walks have been written by our rangers and give a little extra insight into the routes.

If a route guide isn’t enough, we’ll be offering a couple of walks led by our rangers.  Keep an eye out here or on our Facebook page for details nearer the time.

Whilst out on your walks you might see some of what we have got upto this August, which is quite a bit with 2 working holidays so far and with the weather on our side.

See you on the hill,
Rob and the access team