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Thursday, 12 April 2012

The Source of the Usk Walk - Brecon Beacons National Park

Settlement remains in the cutting of the Usk, grey spreads of stone representing the foundations of former buildings.
NPRN 84465  DS2010_963_001

Overall distance: 16 kilometres or 10 miles
Altitudinal range: 320 metres (car park) - 615 metres (foot of Fan Foel)
Ground conditions: mostly firm and dry but with some poorly-drained areas, particularly to the east of the Usk and Tarw.
Map: OS OLM sheet (1:25000 scale) is recommended and it is this map which is referred to in this guide. Although there are many visible landscape features to help navigate the route, hand-held GPS is a useful aid in open moorland.
Footpaths: This route is only incidentally related to footpaths shown on the map.
Site References: Numbers in brackets refer to site record numbers (NPRN = National Primary Record Number). These references allow site details to be accessed through the Commission’s on-line database 

This walk takes in the upper reaches of the River Usk as far as its source (below the cliffs of Fan Brycheiniog and Bannau Sir Gaer), the far eastern side of Mynydd Du and the southern extent of Mynydd Myddfai. Sites of the prehistoric, Roman, medieval & later periods can be seen along this route.

On the A40 Llandovery-Brecon road, take the minor road west from Trecastell to Cross Inn and Llanddeusant. There is a parking and picnic area at Pont’ar Wysg, in forestry just off this road, on the left at SN82002715.

Download: The Source of the Usk Walk (PDF)
By David Leighton

Also See: The Fan Llia and Fan Dringarth Walk - Brecon Beacons, Aberdare, Powys

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