A 3-hour circular walk from the village of Cwmdu, to Mynydd Llangorse via the Pen Tir ridge.
I am still not sure whether I prefer a perfect spring day or a perfect autumn one. Do you like the spring for the promise it holds for the rest of the year, or the autumn as you may not see a better day for some months?
All I know is that when Sunday dawned sunny and still, I knew I had to get out and enjoy the countryside. Susie and I had a short chat as to where we should go. We both prefer the Black Mountains to the Brecon Beacons; less crowded, prettier because of the presence of more trees, and much closer to Gliffaes.
We decided to approach Mynydd Llangorse by climbing the steep ridge of Pen Tir from Cwmdu before coming back to Cwmdu via the very quiet back lanes.
Cwmdu is a good place to start and finish for three reasons:
The Pen Tir ridge has a wonderful approach up through sunken lanes which then veers off sharply north, off the road and up an ancient track boarded by some very old ash trees which once upon a time must have been part of a cut and laid hedge. Breaking through the trees the path climbs steeply through the bracken.
As you get higher the surrounding countryside reveals itself slowly – first the Cwmdu valley and all the trees, fields and hedges, then the bulk of Pen Alt Mawr ridge behind you. As you get to the top you can see Pen-y-Fan and the central Beacons in the distance. It’s a really glorious climb – well worth the effort on such a wonderful autumn day.
From here it’s possible to take so many routes back to Cwmdu – we took about two and three-quarter hours to complete our circle but this can be lengthened or shortened as to your wishes.
If you’re interested in doing this walk while at Gliffaes we shall be delighted to mark up your maps, make you a packed lunch and send you on your way.
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A 6-mile circular walk from Crickhowell car park to the top of Table Mountain and back via Cwm Cumbeth valley.
01 Jun 2019
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.