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The Brecon Beacons: Walking on the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons: Walking on the Brecon Beacons

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By (author) Andrew Davies, By (author) David Whittaker

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  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 116mm x 172mm x 16mm | 290g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cumbria
  • ISBN 10: 1852845546
  • ISBN 13: 9781852845544
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: over 100 colour photos, 45 OS map extracts, 9 geological diagrams
  • Sales rank: 313,268

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A guidebook to 45 contrasting day walks in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, UK, Europe, from centres including Llandovery, Brecon, Crickhowell, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye, covering the four main areas: Mynydd Du, Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. The Brecon Beacons is a place of diverse landscapes - majestic valleys, dramatic waterfalls and high mountain peaks and ridges. The circular walks in this guide avoid the better-known routes to explore unfrequented wooded gorges and upland valleys and are suitable for all abilities and all seasons. The authors' aim is to offer the reader a 'solitary guided walk' - the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness, accompanied by all the geological, historical, botanical and other facts that a bevy of expert guides might provide. Routes are split into seven geographical groups and indexed for areas of interest and difficulty and the detailed route descriptions are packed with information for walkers and walk leaders. All illustrated with OS map extracts, geological diagrams and colour photographs.

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Author information

Andy Davies lives near Marloes in Pembrokeshire where he works in marine nature conservation and as a professional writer and photographer. He also creates limited edition prints of abstract and impressionistic wildlife images. David Whittaker has enjoyed the mountains of Britain all his life, walking and climbing in Wales, Scotland and the Lake District. He has also trekked and climbed all over the world. He is an Emeritus Professor of Forensic Dentistry and in 2003 received the OBE for his work.

Table of contents

Introduction Geology of the Brecon Beacons Earth movements Glacial origins of U-shaped valleys Changing woodland Human impact Birdlife Getting to and staying in the National Park A solitary guided walk? Using this guide 1 North-Eastern Valleys and Ridges 1 Cwm Llwch and Cefn Cwm Llwch 2 Cwm Llwch Ridge 3 Cwm Llwch Valley 4 Cwm Sere and Cefn Cwm Llwch 5 Cwm Sere and Bryn Teg 6 Cwm Sere Ridge 7 Cwm Sere Valley 8 Cwm Cynwyn and Bryn Teg 9 Cwm Cynwyn and Cefn Cyff 10 Cwm Cynwyn Ridge 11 Cwm Cynwyn Valley 12 Cwm Oergwm and Cefn Cyff 13 Cwm Oergwm and Gist Wen 14 Cwm Oergwm Ridge 15 Cwm Oergwm Valley 2 Eastern Valleys and Ridges 16 Bryn 17 Cwm Tarthwynni Circuit 18 Blaen-y-glyn and Allt Forgan 19 Blaen-y-glyn and Craig y Fan Ddu 20 Torpantau Circuit 3 South-Western Valleys and Ridges 21 Neuadd Horseshoe 22 Cwm Llysiog and Waun Wen 23 Cwm Crew and Cefn Crew 4 Fforest Fawr 24 Craig Cerrig-gleisiad 25 Fan Fawr 26 Craig Cwm-du and Fan Frynych 27 Craig Cwm-du, Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia 28 Fan Gyhirych and Fan Nedd 5 Waterfall Country 29 Pontneddfechan Waterfalls 30 Waterfall Walk 31 Sgwd yr Eira 32 Ystradfellte Waterfalls 33 Afon Nedd and Afon Mellte 6 The Black Mountain (Mynydd Du) 34 Carmarthen Fans and Glacial Cwms 35 Nant Pedol and Drysgol 36 Sinc Giedd and Bannau Sir Gaer 37 Afon Twrch 38 Henrhyd Falls and River Tawe 39 Afon Sawdde and Garreg Las 7 The Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon) 40 Pen Cerrig-calch and Table Mountain 41 Craig y Cilau and Cwm Onneu Fach 42 Crug Mawr and Sugar Loaf 43 Llanthony Priory, Offa's Dyke and Bal Mawr 44 Hereford's Knob and Nant Bwch 45 Castell Dinas and Waun Fach APPENDIX 1 Routes by Difficulty APPENDIX 2 Routes by Interest APPENDIX 3 Index of Information Boxes APPENDIX 4 Brief Welsh-English Glossary