Taly­bont Routes 10-12

Here’s a fine week­end fea­tur­ing a clas­sic horse­shoe plus a cou­ple of lesser vis­ited routes with fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal links, courtesy of Martin Sweeney.

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Take on the Bea­cons Horse­shoe and a pair of lesser-known Welsh am­bles

Pen y Fan draws the crowds in the Bre­con Bea­cons, but it’s cer­tainly not the only moun­tain worth a visit. An ex­tended horse­shoe route from Blaen y Glyn to the south also takes in the best of the sur­round­ing tops, with glo­ri­ous views all around. A lesser-trod­den trail winds through Taly­bont For­est to Waun Rydd, the east­ern­most top of the Bre­con Bea­cons proper. A well-tended cairn marks the 1942 crash site of a Welling­ton bomber. The five Cana­dian crew­men lost their lives, and some wreck­age re­mains to this day. The fi­nal route also heads out from Blaen y Glyn, but south­wards across empty moor­land to the dis­used Hen­dre and Blaen Dyf­fryn lime­stone quar­ries and on­wards to the Chartist Cave. The quar­ries re­call the area’s in­dus­trial past, while the cave was a se­cret arms store prior to the 1839 New­port Chartist Ris­ing.

TRANS­PORT

Few pub­lic trans­port op­tions avail­able.

PUBS / GRUB

Both The White Hart Inn (01874 676227, www.white hartinn taly­bont.co.uk) and The Usk Inn (01874 676251, www.uskinn.co.uk) are good op­tions in Taly­bont.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

Both of the pubs listed above have ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions – The White Hart has bunkhouse avail­abil­ity, while the The Usk Inn is a small ho­tel.

PRACTICALITIES

Es­sen­tial sup­plies from the Post Of­fice in Taly­bont. Cash­points, petrol and su­per­mar­kets all avail­able in Crick­how­ell and Bre­con, as well as the out­door shops Crick­how­ell Ad­ven­ture and Gibbs (Bre­con).

LO­CAL INFO Bre­con Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, 01874 620860.

ROUTES Taly­bont Reser­voir at sun­set.

Cribyn from the ridge (Route 10).

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