Sunday, July 06, 2003

FourWells Group - Walk from Craig Y Nos 05/07/2003

Ten of us set out from near Craig Y Nos Country Park for a 9 mile walk in the limestone area of the Brecon Beacons National Park on a cloudy but warm day.

It was straight into climbing to reach the summit of Pen Cribarth after about 60 minutes walking. It was time for a break at the trig point and to savour the views back down to the valley below and south to Ystradgynlais and beyond including faint glimpses of Mumbles Bay. This are is covered by dissused limestone quarries, old tram tracks and many shake holes. After the short break we descended to a confusing area of old quarry workings, limestone outcrops and rough grass and bog (thankfully dry). Another 90 minutes brought us to the summit of Carreg Coch, just west of which are the remains of a Wellington Bomber which crashed in 1944 killing four of it's French Canadian crew.

After lunch we descended off Carreg Coch and headed north west below Disgwlfa to reach Sinc Y Giedd, a swallow hole where the River Giedd dissapears underground to reappear a kilometre or more away. We followed the dry river bed north berfore reaching the old track known as the Coffin Track heading east. We followed this old track for the rest of the afternoon before coming across the West Brecon Cave Rescue Team training above Dan Y Ogof Caves. A further 30 minutes saw us back to our starting point and 15 minutes later to the Gwyn Arms for a well deserved pint.

Swallow hole: - Where a river or water course dissapears underground.
Sink hole:- A hollow in the ground where a cave collapses in on itself.