Strenuous 12 miles
Overcast; occasional light rain
A strenuous 12-mile walk, circumnavigating Langors Lake / Lyn Syfaddan, in the north-eastern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The walk begins from the Welsh Venison Centre, including the opportunity to see red deer up close, at the start of the walk. After reaching the village of Bwlch, the route turns north, following the Beacons Way onto the open moorland of Cefn Moel, before departing from it, as the route continues onto Mynydd Llangorse (BM2513, TP5020), providing spectacular views of both Mynydd Troed to the north-east and Langors Lake, to the west.
At Cockit Hill, the route turns west, towards the Langors village and the lake. The route then crosses a footbridge and some marshy fields, the initial part of which were waterlogged. Shortly afterwards, the walk joins the route of the Three Rivers Ride, as it ascends steeply to the site of an Iron Age hill fort atop Allt yr Esgair (“wooded slope of the ridge”), with superb, panoramic views of the meandering River Usk / Afon Wysg, in one direction and Langors Lake in the other. From here it is a short descent along the course of a Roman road, back to the start, marked on the OS map as Middle Wood Cottage.
Route map, elevation, GPX: Ordnance Survey, ViewRanger