13.4 km (8.3 mi), of which 4.5 km are on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 270m. For alternative start points, resulting in a shorter or a longer walk, see below Walk options.
3 out of 10 Time: 4 hours walking time.
Craig y Nos Bus Stop Bus Stop is on line T6 (Swansea - Neath - Ystradgynlais – Brecon), with 11 buses a day Mon-Sat and 5 on Sundays and Bank Holidays, with a journey time of 40 mins from Neath (and 37 mins from Brecon). The journey time by train from London to Neath is from 2 ¾ hours.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: This walk is not recommended as a daywalk from London, but if based in the area for a longer stay. Accommodation is available in Craig y Nos, nearby in Glyntawe or Pen y Cae, and further along the bus line in Ystradgynlais, Sennybridge or Brecon.
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From the Craig y Nos Country Park, an idyllic spot on the banks of the Afon Tawe (River Tawe) with its Victorian Gothic building (now a hotel), which was home to the world renowned opera singer Adelina Patti from 1878 to 1919, the route follows quiet bridleways and country lanes with excellent views across the valley to the Cribarth mountain, to a steep cliff edge above the Tawe River which it then follows for an extended stretch, with the river running below in rapids.
A variation of the start leads over the limestome Cribarth Plateau with its shakeholes and far views.
A triangular section along cliffs above the Tawe River, up the Nant Llech valley to the Henrhyd Falls and back through fields and lanes is the core of this walk, with lunch pub and tea stop, if ending at Craig y Nos.
Alternative Start Points are described; these are:
These points are linked to the start by the T6 bus line and can also be Alternative Finish Points.
A variation of the start leads over the Cribarth Plateau; this adds about 300m ascent (6/10).
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In Pen y Cae
In Craig y Nos
The Brecon Beacons is a national park in south Wales. It consists of bare, grassy, glacial mountains, with north facing escarpments. Its peaks, just shy of 1,000m (3,000ft), are the highest mountains in the southern UK. The national park is also noted for reservoirs, and the Dan yr Ogof caves. Its 4 mountain areas, from west to east are:
The Black Mountain (singular!) : Fan Brycheiniog (803m) and the Dan yr Ogof caves.
Fforest Fawr. Fan Gyhirych (725m), Fan Nedd (663m), Fan Fawr (734m), and the Henrhyd waterfalls (Sgwd Henrhyd)
The Brecon Beacons. Pen y Fan (886m), Corn Du (873m), Cribyn (795m), Fan y Big (719m), Waun Rydd (769m). South of Brecon, north of Merthyr Tydfil.
The Black Mountains (plural!). Waun Fach (811m), Black Mountain (703m). Abergavenny to the south. Hay-on-Wye to the north. More on our 'to do' list
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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