A trip to Twmpa and Hay Bluff

Submitted by Timwoods on 12 February 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL13 - Brecon Beacons National Park
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A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Brecon Beacons (Wales) starting at Hay-on-Wye, Powys, about 17.8km (roughly 11.1 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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The northern reaches of the Brecon Beacons offer some great, lower-level routes. This walk, from Hay-on-Wye to Twmpa - also known as Lord Hereford's Knob - via Hay Bluff combines some easy walking along the Offa's Dyke Path with a sharp climb up to the northern tip of the Black Mountains in the east of the park. Regular buses to Hay-on-Wye, and it's a good base for a longer stay (especially if you like books).
Start: Hay-on-Wye, OS Grid: SO229424
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 918m (3014ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1838m (6031ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 919m (3017ft)
Max. Elevation: 680m (2230ft)

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OS Grid: SO229423
Start your day in Hay-on-Wye. Head for the castle in the centre of town, and look for the sign pointing to the Offa's Dyke Path. Head south along it.
About 2.9 km (roughly 1.8 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SO237395
Follow the ODP away from Hay-on-Wye and through the Welsh countryside. Lovely. Keep going past Tack Wood, and enjoy the views of Hay Bluff and Twmpa ahead.
About 3.1 km (roughly 1.9 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SO243366
The ODP crosses a narrow road and heads towards Hay Bluff. It's a steep but simple climb up. Pause at the top to enjoy the view back towards Hay-on-Wye.
About 2.4 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SO225349
Having gained the height, make the most of it! A path runs along the edge of Hay Bluff and, via a short dip, on to Lord Hereford's Knob (stop sniggering), which is known as Twmpa in Welsh.
About 1.5 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SO212357
Drop down from Twmpa on the western side. From here, it's a case of picking your own route back through the maze of footpaths and farms. A good opportunity to practise your low-level navigation skills.
About 6.3 km (roughly 3.9 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SO226418
Hopefully your skills will lead you safely back to Hay-on-Wye, where a cup of tea or a pint awaits. And plenty of books; make sure you don't leave before browsing some of the dusty tomes that fill the many bookshops in the town.
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