Brecon Beacons Walk
Fan Gyhirych, Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwyth
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Walk Route Description
The area immediately west of A4067 near Cray Reservoir offers some excellent hill walking. This walk, walk 2645 and walk 2646 are based on the same starting point are variations on a theme.
Take the road leading north east from the A4067 opposite the Cray Resevoir. The walks) starts on a track on the right just over half a mile along this road (Grid ref. SN 896222). There is quite a bit of parking space at the start of the track but keep away from the gate as this is sometimes used by lorries visiting the quarry further up the track.
This walk offers no navigational problems and involves following the track (don't take the LH fork) for several miles until it starts to descend at which point you walk north west for a short distance to the trig point on Fan Gyhirych (Grid ref. SN 880190). This a good place for a break with spectacular views. Although the track climbs all the way it is actually quite easy walking.
Descend the track used on the ascent and at about grid ref. SN 900196 branch right onto another track. Follow it and head south east. You can see Fan Nedd in front of you as you drop downhill into a bit of boggy area. You then follow the track up Fan Nedd to the top (Grid ref. SN 913183). Once again a good place to stop with excellent views.
Return to the main track and then bear north and then east along the ridge to the trig point on Fan Bwlch Chwyth (Grid ref. SN 912216). From here walk just north of west back to the start. This last bit can be a bit harder, crossing the stream's deep valley, but is still ok.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2645 Fan Gyhirych & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawr - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 2646 Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawr - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3563 Fan Brycheiniog and Picws Du - moderate - 7.1 miles/11.5 km
Walk 2643 Fan Frynych & Fan Llia, Fforest Fawr - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 2641 Fan Fawr & Fan Frynych, Fforest Fawr - moderate - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 2648 The Black Mountain, Brecon Beacons - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3616 Fan Fawr from Storey Arms - moderate - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 3559 Picws Du & Llyn y Fan Fach from near Llanddeusant - moderate - 5.3 miles/8.6 km
Walk 3205 Carnau Gwynion from Ystradfellte - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3206 Waterfalls Walk from near Ystradfellte - moderate - 9.2 miles/15 km
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