Saturday, 30 July 2011

#131 – Mynydd Llangorse

In the Brecon Beacons this weekend to celebrate the wedding of my friends, Jon and Jo. I was asked to lead a short walk for those guests who were only invited to the evening reception. Jon had chosen us a pleasant circular route, that circuited Mynydd Llangorse, but I tinkered with it to take us onto the top of the 515 metre high hill to enjoy the views, rather than round it.

IMG_1579In all, there were eleven of us. We parked at the Llangorse Activity Centre, a little off the published route, but we were soon on track after an initial climb through a field full of horses, more than I had ever seen in one place, owned by the Centre’s stables. For a couple of kilometres, we skirted the north-western slopes of the hill, following a straightforward bridleway to Cockit Hill. From here, we ascended the grassy path to the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, where we took a short break for everyone to catch their breath.

The rest of the 135 metre ascent to the top of Mynydd Llangorse was simple enouugh, up a clear path lined with ripe bilberry bushes. The gentle slopes to the west were a sharp contrast to the steep drop to the east. On a good day, I’m certain the vistas are stunning, but a haze hid the Brecon Beacons in the distance. Nevertheless there were fine views of Llangorse Lake.

The route is obvious, a wide path crosses the ridge in a southerly direction, all the way to the trig point at 506 metres. Then it was half a kilometre to pick up the bridleway we were originally supposed to have been on had we followed the original route. We then followed this route for the remainder of the walk. Through a pleasant stretch of high conifer woodland and then an overgrown section of high ferns along the western slopes, we eventually reached the footpath that took us back down through the horses, and into the car park.

To sum up, if you are in the region for the weekend, and are looking for a short walk before heading home at lunchtime, then this is perfect.
  • Date: 30/07/11
  • Region: Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Status: Lead
  • Description: Llangorse Activity Centre – Cockit Hill – Hill Fort – Mynydd Llangorse Trig Point – Cwm Shenkin – Coed-y-perthi – Llangorse Activity Centre – Overcast, with Sunny spells later, 9km, 3 hours.
  • Type of Walk: Leading or Assisting