Start/Finish:N.T. Cwm Gwdi car park
Highest Point: Pen y fan summit, 886m
Distance: circa 16 km
Weather: Sun and low mist, cloud later
Vertical altitude gain: circa 1000m
Time: 7 hrs
An attraction of the Brecon Beacons is that it is just possible to do a decent walk there on a day trip from my home near Maidstone in Kent. Traffic conditions permitting of course. And traffic was fine after a very early start from home got me off to an 08.20 start from the National Trust car park at Cwm Gwdi, South of Brecon. With Pen y Fan in view very soon!
I walked on across Cefn Cwm Llwch, at one point looking back over my shoulder at the curving centre part of my "horseshoe" walk, with Cribyn to the left and Pen y Fan top right. Lower down on my route I wrongly chose to stay to the right under Alt Ddu. I should have taken the left "fork" past Twyn Cil-rhew to the starting car park. My route saw me descend a very steep slope, lose the path and end up climbing a fence, a stone wall and some gates! Finishing with a tiring uphill walk on a lane back up to the National Trust car park at Cwm Gwdi! But that didn't spoil a really great first visit to the Brecon Beacons.