Shed a light on the Beacons?
I’ve had a lovely time this summer navigating stages 1-3 of the Beacons Way (Llanthony to Crickhowell and Hatterall Hill/Pen Cerrig-calch). But I’m concerned the route is not at all clearly marked in some areas. I had to make several detours on my journey. For this reason, I am dubious about the claims on the National Park’s website the whole route should take around seven days to complete.
Hatterall Ridge offers some spectacular views over England. But the rewards must be earned. The valleys between Llanthony and Cwmdu are difficult to navigate, sparsely populated and it’s very easy to get lost.
I would like to push on further in my quest to walk the entire Way, the lack of accommodation and amenities in the western portion of the park concerns me. The Storey Arms are very strict about their ‘groups only’ policy. Some of the campsites around Carreg-Cennen castle are very expensive and located nowhere near the trail. I wonder if any readers who have successfully completed the Beacons Way might have some advice for a lone novice like myself? Nick Hatton, Email