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: 358,026

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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