A circular, full-day mountain above 600m walk in Wales starting at Glyntawe, Powys, about 11 miles long.
Start in the village of Glyntawe at the Tafarn-y-Garreg pub (Sat Nav SA9 1GS). On the opposite side of the road is a footpath, which quickly crosses the river into Ty Hendrey farm. Follow the path uphill through the farm and onto the lower slopes of Allt Fach. This is a high mountain walk so ensure you take good mountain clothes, OS map OL12 and a compass. Ensure you are happy at navigating.
After a steep start, the slope levels out a little more and the dramatic ridge of Fan Hir stands out in front.
It’s surely the finest ridge in South Wales – not knife-edge or nerve-wracking, but 3km of easy plodding with fantastic views down the eastern face of the escarpment.
The highest point of the day is Fan Brycheiniog, 802m high. Lovely views down to Llyn y Fan Fawr. I recommend this as your first break.
Best view of the day comes from the outpost of Fan Foel – gaze west across the corrie of Llyn y Fan Fach and the cliffs of Bannau Sir Gaer.
Continue along around the ridge to Picws Du (749m). Keep on to the end of the cliff top at Waun Lefrith. From here, take a bearing towards the bridleway junction near Pen-Rhiw-goch. Be aware that in poor visibility, this is where the terrain gets tricky, as it is open moorland. If it’s really bad, consider retracing your steps to use the ridge as a handrail.
The bridleway runs right across the moor back to Glyntawe. Make sure you take the right path – the southeast fork is the one to take, rather than the one heading south.
Cross the stream and keep heading southeast. The path weaves through an area of shake holes, with several peat hags and bogy conditions underfoot. If time and weather permit, take in the minor tops of Carreg Goch (558m) for another fine view down to the Afon Giedd valley.
Final detour of the day – leave the path briefly to look down the Cwm Haffes valley. Follow the bridleway past the Glyntawe campsite into the village and back to the car.