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Copy of WMB 114 Brecon Beacons Beginner Route ||
||May 13th 2012, 09:18
OS grid reference SO115225
Total distance 12.4km
Total ascent 350m (1150 feet)
Total time 1-2 hours
Maps Ordnance Survey
Explorers OL12 and OL13:
Brecon Beacons National Park
Summary A technically simple
spin along the valley side above
Talybont Reservoir, but with a
reasonably significant climb.
The route starts behind
the White Hart Inn. Cross
the Monmouthshire and Brecon
Canal to join the Taff Trail,
climbing steadily on what
should be a good surface. This
fi rst stretch is a suitable warm
up – take it steady.
After 1.5km, fork right and
descend to join an easy,
wide track. After 500m you’ll
pass the dam wall at one end of
the Talybont Reservoir. Carry
on, following the track
alongside the reservoir and
then follow the path gradually
uphill for about 3.5km.
You’ll reach a trail junction roughly level with the top end of Talybont
Reservoir, with a signposted
bridleway descending to the
right. Don’t take that – you
need to follow the track
opposite, doubling back left
and climbing more steeply on a
stony track. Continue climbing
for 1km. It’s quite steep and
stony, but all rideable with
suitable gear selection.
After 1km, you’ll emerge
from the trees and reach
the ridge at a junction with a
stone bench and finger post.
Take a well-earned break.
Follow the obvious wide track
heading north-east, initially
along the ridge (to the right if
you’re sitting on the bench).
Don’t take the track that forks
left and descends into the
woods. The trail descends
along the path of the old
Eventually, you’ll rejoin
the first section of the
route, so just retrace your path
back to Talybont. |
Copy of WMB 114 Brecon Beacons intermediate ||
||May 13th 2012, 09:17
|Start/Finish Talybont-on-Usk, OS grid
Total distance 30.6km (19 miles)
Total ascent 972m (3200 feet)
Time 2.5-4 hours
Maps Ordnance Survey Explorers OL12
and OL13: Brecon Beacons National Park Summary In some ways, this route is more challenging than the Classic. It’s shorter but has as many climbs and includes a broader variety of surfaces.
Start behind the White Hart Inn.
Cross the canal to join the Taff
Trail, climbing steadily. At 5.5km, you’ll reach a junction. Follow the wide track ahead, signed to Pontsticill. Continue to climb for about 1.8km.
At the top of the steep stepped
section, carry straight on by the
marker post (the left fork). Continue to
the quarries. There are boggy sections,
so consider a different route if it’s been
wet. At the quarry roads, the bridleway
goes straight on – it’s easier to turn
right onto the track and follow it as it
loops left. Turn right onto the Tarmac
then bear right very shortly onto a
Follow the descent, taking care
not to miss the right turn above
the reservoir after 2.7km. If you end up
above the rock outcrops, you have.
Descend to the road, passing under the
railway bridge. Turn right, then left across the dam. At the junction,
double back right. Follow the road
into the forest for 500m. Take the
left turn into the woods (signed
National Cycle Network 8) and
follow the road.
Emerge onto Tarmac and
turn left to cross the dam.
Climb past an outdoor education
centre and go through a gate onto
a stony track. Cross the road to a
narrower trail. At the woods, pass
through the gate and carry
straight on over moorland to
reach the junction by the marker
post again. Retrace the trail down
the stepped section and descend.
At the junction take the left
fork and follow it to the
Talybont Reservoir track. Head
north past the dam before forking
right and climbing to regain the
Taff Trail back to the start point.