A bea­con of help­ful­ness

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - #walk1000miles Update - Mark Kent, Email

Nick Hat­ton wrote of his con­cern re­gard­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and sig­nage along the Bea­cons Way. I com­pleted the walk in Oc­to­ber 2016 and had a fan­tas­tic time, spend­ing most nights in a B&B, one night in The Star Bunkhouse in Bwlch (highly rec­om­mended) and one night in a car­a­van.

Did I get lost at all along the route? Yes, twice, but that was be­cause I wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion. In terms of ac­com­mo­da­tion on the Western side of the Bea­cons Way, it is doable even if each day’s route doesn’t end at a con­ve­nient dis­tance from a B&B.

At the end of Day 4, I was for­tu­nate to get a lift from the Storey Arms to my pre booked B&B in Libanus (Tai’r Bull) just a few miles along the A470. The fol­low­ing day I caught a bus op­po­site the pub back up to the Storey Arms for the start of Day 5.

The YHA in Lland­deu­sant was closed on Day 7, as it was only open when there were vol­un­teers, so I stayed in a car­a­van at the Black Moun­tain Camp site. This did mean an ad­di­tional 1.5 mile walk both days, a strug­gle at the end of a long day, but not im­pos­si­ble.

There isn’t any ac­com­mo­da­tion close to Car­reg-Cen­nen Cas­tle, but af­ter call­ing one or two B&Bs in ad­vance, the owner of the one I ended up stay­ing at kindly picked me up from the cas­tle and dropped me off the fol­low­ing day. Maybe that is an op­tion? It was about 5 miles from the Cas­tle.

If you’re feel­ing en­er­getic the fi­nal day can be added on to Day 7, mak­ing it a 20+ mile walk, but then you wouldn’t need ac­com­mo­da­tion near the Cas­tle.

In some places the sig­nage could be a lit­tle bet­ter per­haps, but I think as long as you have a map and com­pass, plan well and pay at­ten­tion to the route it’s doable with­out dif­fi­culty.

All the best with the rest of ‘The Bea­cons Way’ Nick!

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