Shed a light on the Bea­cons?

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - #walk1000miles Update -

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

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