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A CIRCULAR, fullday mountain walk starting at Glyntawe, Powys, which is about 11 miles long.

Start in Glyntawe at the Tafarn-y-Garreg pub (Sat Nav SA9 1GS).

On the opposite side of the road is a footpath, which crosses the river into Ty Hendrey farm. Follow the path uphill and onto the lower slopes of Allt Fach.

This is a high mountain walk, so ensure you take good clothes, OS map OL12 and a compass. Ensure you are happy at navigating.

After a steep start, the slope levels out more and the dramatic ridge of Fan Hir sits in front.

In poor visibility, this is where the terrain - open DAYTRIPPER It's surely the finest ridge in South Wales - not knife-edge or nerve-wracking, but 3km of easy plodding with fantastic views down the eastern face of the escarpment.

The highest point of the day is Fan Brycheiniog at 802m high. Lovely views down to Llyn y Fan Fawr.

I recommend this as your first break. Best view of the day comes from Fan Foel - gaze west across the corrie of Llyn y Fan Fach and the cliffs of Bannau Sir Gaer.

Continue around the ridge to Picws Du (749m).

Keep onto the cliff top end at Waun Lefrith, and bear towards the bridleway junction near Pen-Rhiwgoch.

moorland - gets tricky. If it's really bad, consider retracing your steps to use the ridge as a handrail.

The bridleway runs across the moor to Glyntawe.

Make sure you take the right path - the southeast fork , not the one heading south. Cross the stream and keep heading southeast.

The path weaves through an area of shake holes, with several peat hags and boggy conditions. If time and weather permit, take in the minor tops of Carreg Goch (558m) for another fine view down to the Afon Giedd valley.

For the final detour, leave the path to look down the Cwm Haffes valley.

Follow the bridleway past Glyntawe campsite into the village and back to the car.

Mark Lewis is a professional climbing and mountaineering instructor and provides instruction and expedition leadership and management. For more information please visit
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 18, 2012
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