Day 1: Arrival in Abergavenny.
Day 2: Abergavenny to Llanthony - 13 miles (21 km)
From Ysgyryd Fawr, known as the Holy Mountain, the path rises up into the Black Mountains. You end the day high in the hills, beside the ruins of Llanthony Priory, with its beautiful 12th century buildings.
Day 3: Llanthony to Crickhowell - 13 miles (21 km)
Crossing three major ridges, this is a spectacular day with far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside. Descend to overnight in the charming Georgian town of Crickhowell, famous for good food and a fine 17th century bridge over the River Usk.
Day 4: Crickhowell to Llangynidr - 12 ½ miles (20 km)
An easier day with a different perspective as the route steers clear of the high mountain paths, and stays closer to the valley floor.
Day 5: Llangynidr to Craig Cerrig-gleisiad - 16 ½ miles (26 km)
A wonderful and challenging day through the Central Beacons. We summit the peaks of Pen y Fan, Tor y Foel and Cribyn. This is a day of wild, open moorland and fresh upland wind - breathtaking! Spend the night down in the valley, either at Libanus or in Brecon, set astride the River Usk with a cathedral and fine Georgian architecture.
Day 6: Craig Cerrig-gleisiad to Craig-y-Nos - 13 ½ miles (22 km)
A quieter and less strenuous day through the Fforest Fawr Geopark – an area of exceptional geological importance. Towards the end of the day you encounter a landscape pockmarked with potholes, signs of a an extensive network of caves which lie beneath the surface in this part of the National Park.
Day 7: Craig-y-Nos to Llanddeusant - 11 miles (18 km)
The day begins beside the fabulous Dan-yr-Ogof show caves, and then climbs onto the Black Mountain, passing the lakes of Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach, home to the legend of the “Lady of the Lake”. The character of the landscape feels quite different on this stretch – wild, empty and untamed.
Day 8: Llanddeusant to Carreg Cennen - 15 miles (24 km)
Traces of the industrial heritage of South Wales are evident today as you follow old tram roads and tracks across the Black Mountain. A dramatic end to the day as we approach Carreg Cennen castle – a 13th century stronghold perched on top of sheer limestone cliffs. The atmospheric ruin worthy of exploration, and great for photography.
Day 9: Carreg Cennen to Llangadog - 10 miles (16 km)
The final day leads to the western edge of the park. Admire the view from the enormous Iron Age fort of Carn Goch, strategically sited high above the Towy Valley. The tiny village of Bethlehem (where the post office does a roaring trade at Christmas time) is your last port of call before reaching Llangadog and the end of the walk.
- Duration: 8 days hiking
- Distance: 100 miles (285 km)
- Grading: Strenuous
The price is 525 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.
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