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Twmpa, Craig y Llyn

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:46 pm
by poppiesrara
Grabbing a nice morning before the storms for a return to Twmpa (or ‘Lord Hereford’s Knob’ if you prefer...), which I had previously only climbed straight up and down the eroded path from the Gospel Pass – this was a fuller and more satisfying route up the south ridge.

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Not much parking in Capel-y-ffin, but a few spaces for earlycomers, and almost immediately into a typically ‘Beacons’ steep ascent up to the ridge of Darren Lwyd. The faintish path is thick with bracken and pretty testing going, but it’s over quickly enough in favour of a very gentle couple of miles along the broad ridge to the fine summit on the edge of the fall away to the north.
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Twmpa from the approach to the Gospel Pass

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Starting the climb onto Darren Lwyd

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Black Mountain through the bracken

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Chwarel y Fan

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The Vale of Ewyas

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Pen y Gadair Fawr from cairn (broken wall?) on the prow of Darren Lwyd

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Twmpa & the Gospel Pass

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Hay Bluff

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Rhos Dirion from Twmpa

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Looking north from Twmpa

The descent bridleway along the valley of the Nant Bwch is lovely, a well made path dropping gently above the stream, past a lovely little waterfall, to the village; a really fine short single-peak walk.
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Descending above the Nant Bwch, Chwarel y Fan ahead

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Falls in the Nant Bwch

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Back up the valley

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The little church in Capel-y-ffin

Afterwards, a surprisingly good short walk on Craig y Llyn, the 600m highpoint of the hills south of the Beacons.

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This isn’t an especially challenging approach, the road climbs more than 80% of the way up for you, but nice paths/tracks wend through the open edges of the forest to quite an attractive cliff above the eponymous Llyn Fawr reservoir. The views along the escarpment edge are stunning – an uninterrupted broad vista in which you can pick out all of the Beacons peaks. It might not be as good for much longer though, as – outside the protection of the national park – the summit and the area south are currently being heavily worked on by the windfarm engineers. The trig itself has been spared, but the fenced workings stop only a couple of yards away, and the preparations seem to be in place to block off a lot of the paths ‘until 2018’…
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Craig y Llyn over Llyn Fawr from the parking spot

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Fan Nedd to Waun Rydd

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The Carmarthen Fan to Fan Nedd

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The summit is to the left of this little encampment... 'Pedestrians and Cyclists Beware'

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Hirwaun Common and the road up

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Craig y Llyn