An 8.5-mile walk featuring the Craig-y-Fan Ddu waterfalls, Graig Fan Las escarpment and Fan-y-Big.
My walking friends and I have a tradition of birthday walks and this year mine was an absolute corker!
A crisp, clear day with a blue sky heralded what was to be one of my most glorious October walks ever. We started from the Talybont side of Torpantau car park (about a 30-minute drive from Gliffaes), making our way steadily up the steep side of Craig-y-Fan Ddu alongside sparkling waterfalls.
Once at the top, the meandering path led us steadily along the Graig Fan Las escarpment with staggering views in all directions. We then continued around to the west towards Fan-y-Big, our destination. From this point onwards the views of all the Brecon Beacons peaks were absolutely stunning and it was so clear we could see for miles.
At the summit of Fan-y-Big, we stopped for a while to stand on the famous Diving Board, a huge feat for me as I am not keen on heights!
After a delicious lunch, cooked by our friend Sally on her mountain stove, we headed back the way we had come to finish at Torpantau once more.
All in all, this walk is about 8.5 miles. It takes about 5 hours if you include a lunch break! You could go further than Fan-y-Big and take in Cribyn and Pen-y-Fan, but you would need a longer day.
If you want to do this walk whilst staying at Gliffaes, we will be happy to mark up your map for you and set you off with a packed lunch.
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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.