> Directions & location for start of walk
> Timings, allow 2 hours from Bath/Chippenham
> Transport (I've lost track or who's going with who - make sure you know!)
> OS Explorer Map OL12 if you have one (& compass)
> Clothing (waterproof) and Footwear (expect some occasional showers, one or two may be heavy, but it's looking pretty good overall for walking) - may be some mud
> Bring dry clothes/shoes for journey home
> Food and Fluids (last chance to buy is Brecon, but Crickhowell is a very convenient stop, also useful for the Loo!) - but, best to sort on Friday. It's a long day, including drive home - at least 2 litres + more food is better than not enough :-)
> Fitness! Read the hike description again - be certain! It' a big group and it's best if we don't spread out.
> £6.40 to enter Wales, but free to leave
> Text me (your name) before 9am Saturday morning if you cancel[masked]
> I'll be wearing something red, and stood by a black Astra. See you there.
An energetic day's hiking (hiking, not ambling!) up and round the sensational Beacon's ridge.
We will walk a circle from a car park 3km south of Brecon town, eastwards across the valley mouths, then up along the Cefn Cyff ridge to Fan Y Big - Cribyn - Pen Y Fan - Corn Du and back down via Cwm Llwch.
The entire hike is around 21 km/13 miles and should take about 5 hours, plus picnic time!! That's a good pace for the hills. There are opportunities for a couple of short-cuts.
In April the ground should be reasonably firm, but in the valleys we can expect some mud. Trail shoes are as good as walking boots. However, it gets steep (up and down) in places so you will need to be sturdy on your legs, not have dodgy knees, and have reasonable stamina. Which is why sandwiches, chocolate, fruit etc, and at least 2 litres of water are essential. 5 hours walking, with 4 peaks, is hard work if you've never done this before, or are not fit! If you have an OS Explorer Map "OL12" then please bring it.
The second car park on the right 3km south of Brecon. Grid ref SO[masked], or X:302488, Y:224858. Just go to this website and enter the grid ref, or X,Y coordinates: http://gridreferencefinder.com or, click on the "Car Park" link above (zoom in/out as necessary)
Head East from Abergavenny on the A40.
Take the dual carriageway bypassing Brecon to the South.
At the western end of the town, at the roundabout where the A470 splits from the A40 - take the third exit, and start driving back into Brecon on the B4601.
It is 1/2km to the right-hand turn you're looking for. Over the bridge, through the lights and it's a sharp right turn into Ffrwdgrech Rd. The turn is just before a pub on your left, which I think is called the Rovers Arms.
1 km along this road, just after you have crossed a stone bridge, the road splits into 3. Take the left-hand road!!
After another 2km the road will turn 90degrees to the right, at a cattle grid and narrow gate. Go straight-ahead over the grid, and through the gate. After a few hundred yards up the hill you'll see a small car park on the right, amongst the trees, ignore this and after 100yds more you'll see a bigger, more open car park. This is where we'll meet.
Allow at least 2 hour's drive from Bath and we'll aim to start walking as close to 10:30 as possible. You should get home before 7pm.
Please use the messages to arrange lift-shares (petrol, toll charges); and also remember the "bad weather" check on Friday evening (25th). I'll be driving from Calne, through Chippenham to the M4. Look forward to seeing a healthy crowd there.