Hiking Fan Y Big & Lord Hereford’s Knob
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th September, 2017
We want to take you on a very special hiking trip in Wales this autumn - join us as we take a ‘peak’ at Fan Y Big and mount Lord Hereford’s Knob in the Brecon Beacons National Park!
Photos left to right: View of Lord Hereford's Knob (The Guardian) - Fan Y Big Summit (The Walking Englishman) - The Horseshoe Walk (Walk & Cycle)
We challenge you to keep a straight face all weekend as we explore two different (and unforgettable) parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park - after all, mountains aren’t funny, they’re hill areas… Jokes aside, we take safety very seriously and we’ll be accompanied by qualified walk leaders at all times.
On saturday morning at 09:00am we’ll meet at the foot of the Black Mountains and spend most of the day winding up and across the mountain range to the top of Lord Hereford’s Knob at 690m, also known as Twmpa. The footpaths in this area provide excellent walking across high ridges and superb edges, from which we’ll get great views of Herefordshire and the Wye Valley to the east and see out across the rest of the Brecon Beacons to the west. Although these routes are popular in summer, by going at this time of year we’ll avoid the tourists and hopefully get the magnificent scenery all to ourselves!
In the evening we’ll drop our day packs off at our cosy bunkhouse in the centre of the National Park. The bunkhouse itself is situated alongside The Beacons Way long-distance footpath in the gap (‘bwlch’) between the Black Mountains and the Central Beacons mountain range.
Emma and Pete Harrison own the bunkhouse and are both holders of the Mountain Leader (ML) Award - Emma will be guiding us around for the weekend and knows the area and its history like the back of her hand, so don't hesitate to ask her anything you want to know!
On Saturday night we'll have dinner together across the road at the New Inn (Brecknockshire & South Wales CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017) which is well known for its real ales, great food and friendly atmosphere!
Right: The Star Bunkhouse, Bwlch
After filling up on a continental breakfast on Sunday morning, we'll set out to explore the central Brecon Beacons, home of Fan y Big which at 719m stands slightly higher than Lord Hereford’s Knob. Fan Y Big translates as 'peak of the bill' - perhaps because from some angles the mountain has a distinctly pointed shape.
Depending on group preference and time, we’ll either meander directly up to Fan Y Big or we’ll take on the more challenging and well-known circular Horseshoe Walk which also includes the peaks of Corn Du, Pen Y Fan and Cribyn. Once we've finished tackling another day in the Beacons we'll have the rest of the afternoon to relax and reflect on our weekend achievements, or we can carry on exploring... Llangorse Lake is the largest natural lake in south Wales, boasting an ancient Crannog (an artificial island built of timber and stones). It's a perfect location to take a gentle stroll or watch the birdlife. The village of Bwlch has castles, ancient iron age forts and standing stones, with stunning 360 degree views across Llangorse Lake too.
Left: EC's Adventure Co-ordinator Alex enjoying the stunning views from the famous diving board on Fan Y Big
If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals.
Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. What we all share is a love for adventure!
- Discounted price for EC CLUB Members - £99
- Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £119
- 2 full days of guided hikes across the central Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains
- 1 night accommodation in a cosy bunkhouse in the centre of the Brecon Beacons National Park
- 1 x continental breakfast on sunday morning
The trip will start at 09:00am on Saturday morning and directions to the start point will be provided to you after you book. If you will be arriving the night before we can advise you on places nearby to stay. No kit is provided but a recommended kit list for hiking will be available to download once you book.
The Brecon Beacons are a beautiful part of Wales, with traditional market towns, stunning landscapes, canal paths, castles and plenty of outdoors activities to try. The scenery here is both beautiful and diverse - from rolling countryside and valleys, wide open spaces to the wild beauty of the waterfalls and caves.
Right: check out this amazing time-lapse video produced by photographer Michael Sinclair, who spent many hours under the night sky capturing this footage across the Brecon Beacons National Park.