A circular, half-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Brecon Beacons (Wales) starting at Torpantau, Powys, about 12km (roughly 8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. From Blaen-y-glyn, along Craig y Fan Ddu, to Fan y Big, and return past the Upper Neuadd Reservoir and Taf Fechan Forest. The Beacons Bus, which runs on Sundays from March to October, stops at Torpantau, between Pontsticill and Talybont-on-Usk. For winter walks, use the route that starts from the Storey Arms centre. NB: This walk is directly taken from the Ramblers Association Website: http://www.welshwalks.info Start: Torpantau, OS Grid: SO056176 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: Torpantau, OS Grid: SO056176 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 779m (2558ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1546m (5071ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 766m (2513ft)
Max. Elevation: 730m (2395ft)
From the bus stop, follow the right-hand bank of the stream climbing past an attractive waterfall, and continuing up the steep ascent to gain the top at Craig y Fan Ddu. Follow the eastern edge of this escarpment on a well marked path until it reaches the northern edge of the escarpment.
Follow this escarpment westwards admiring the magnificent views to the north. Pass Fan y Big, and then descend to the col.
Walk south on the bridleway, until you come to the small Nant. This is quite an attractive valley in places. Descend to roadway, mainly to admire the filter houses, which are substantially built in stone, and are typical of this sort of architecture.
Follow the road for about half a mile, and then branch off left on the forest track through the Taf Fechan forest for about one mile. It emerges on the road, near the entrance to a railway tunnel, which comes out further on in the forest on the other side of the mountain. Follow the road the short d
The last bit - catch a bus from here.