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.
Start: Hay-on-Wye, OS Grid: SO229424
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Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)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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A full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in Brecon Beacons from Talgarth, Wales, 24.2km (~15m) long.
A half-day countryside walk in from Kington, England, 13.1km (~8.1m) long.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.