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Twmpa, Rhos Dirion and Chwarel y Fan

PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 1:10 pm
by andy63

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South Wales is a bit too far from Manchester to make a good day trip, so I booked a room at a B&B near Abergavenny for a 2 day mission to bag some of the eastern Brecon Beacons.
Thanks to numerous road works and a closed down motorway, the drive down on the Saturday morning took 5 hours, and I arrived at the small village of Capel-y-ffin at 1 p.m.
The first objective was Twmpa, also known as Lord Hereford's Knob.I had considered climbing Darren Lwyd and following the ridge up to Twmpa. However, as I was planning to do quite a lot of ridge walking over the weekend, I opted for the valley route instead. This meant walking about a mile up a tarmac road, which becomes a track and then a path, giving an easy gradual ascent up to the ridge, and a short climb up to the summit.

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Capel-y-ffin , Darren Lwyd in the background


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Ascent


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Lord Hereford's Knob summit, view to Rhos Dirion, Pen y Fan in the distance


The mountains end abruptly here with a line of cliffs dropping down to a flat plain to the north.A path along the edge leads up to the next top, Rhos Dirion, the highest point of the day's walk.

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Rhos Dirion summit


Rhos Dirion is connected to Chwarel y Fan by a long wide grassy ridge. The ground was dry today, making it an easy walk. Chwarel y Fan has a nice rocky summit.

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Ridge towards Chwarel y Fan


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Chwarel y Fan


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The north east side of Chwarel y Fan is very steep, so when descending it's a good idea to keep to the main path - as I discovered by following a sheep track which led to a dead end half way down a cliff :roll: So I had to go back up the hill until I found the real path, which leads safely down past The Grange riding centre and back to Capel y ffin.

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Wrong way down


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Right way down