This is a strenuous, circular, dramatic, inspiring, and fantastic walk, of about nine miles, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons and to a height of around 2000 feet, which although manageable, will not be suitable for the unfit, and will take around six hours to complete.
The walk begins with an initial steep climb, but the rest of the walk is relatively moderate. We will climb to the ridges of Craig y Fan Ddu and later, Graig Fan Las, following the main north-facing escarpment of the Beacons. After a dramatic stretch along the curving rim of the escarpment to the summit of Fan y Big, the route descends to the 'Gap Road' and follows this trackway, which is thought to be Roman, above the Neuadd reservoirs. Finally, there is a pleasant, scenic stroll along the Taff Trail through the woodlands of Taf Fechan Forest.
Please be prepared for mountain weather, even at this time of year. Good, strong, waterproof boots will be needed, as well as suitable weatherproof clothing for walking in the mountains, as the weather can rapidly change over the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons. Bring a packed lunch, and plenty of fluids will be necessary.
Dogs are always welcome, but will need to be kept on a lead for much of the walk, as there are roaming livestock on the mountains.