Beacons Way 1 — Llangadog to Carreg Cennen

Trail 1 of Beacons Way undertaken by Tuesday Walkers Society

Demanding 9 miles
Overcast; fine, misty rain; blustery wind


A demanding 9-mile linear walk from the eastern end of the Beacons Way, at Llangadog, passing through the settlement of Bethlehem, where we entered the bounds of the Brecon Beacons National Park, through to Castle Carreg Cennen; total ascent 1918ft.

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Walking the Beacons Way

The Beacons Way is an iconic walk, established in 2005, by John Samson, of the Brecon Beacons Park Society. It runs for just under 100 miles along the length of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a challenging route, though well within the reaches of a fit and competent hill walker. Demanding uphill climbs and undulating ridges give spectacular views of the National Park, its varied landscapes and its wildlife.

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Interactive Map

The map below displays the routes of hill-walks and rambles throughout South West Wales, using Google Maps to upload individual walks and map them collectively, as an overlay.

Each walk is tracked using global-positioning-satellite (GPS) technology, via a smartphone app, while the walks are traversed. Routes can be downloaded and followed using a smartphone. Some walks are also described, with photographs and statistics in my walks blog. Continue reading “Interactive Map”

Swiss Valley Trail

Leisurely 7 miles
Overcast, occasional drizzle

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Leisurely 7 mile walk, along the Swiss Valley Trail, beginning from Llanelli Leisure Centre, following the Route 47 cycle path, towards the Upper and Cwm Lliedi Reservoirs. The Swiss Valley Trail is built on the site of the former Carmarthenshire Railway—the earliest operational public railway in Great Britain, authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1803. Continue reading “Swiss Valley Trail”

Graig Fawr, Cefn Drum

Length: 8.5 miles — Grade: Moderate
Weather: Dense fog; light rain

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Moderately demanding, circular 8-mile ramble, starting out from Pontardulais Station, proceeding through the outskirts of the town, following the route of St Illtyd’s Way to ascend Graig Fawr, passing its trig point (OSBM S2002TP3429). The route returns by following the ridge-line of Cefn Drum, before proceeding through Pontardulais, back to the start. Continue reading “Graig Fawr, Cefn Drum”