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Welsh Wander

Update - 20 June 2003

Route being refined to even out the days a little (and remove some unnecessary ascent by using high-level pitches). Have decided to take bivvy tent instead of more comfy (and heavier) one. Am ditching Thermarest in favour of old Karrimat to further reduce weight. Now thinking about food to take along.



G3CWI on a reconnaissance trip in South Wales earlier this year.

This trip has been on my mind for a long while (actually around 20 years!). At long last SOTA has given me the ideal excuse to do it.

This is the approximate route of my 2003 SOTA trip. It is planned to start on 11 August and finish on 17th August. The total distance is about 90 miles with around 24,000 feet of ascent. I will be backpacking and camping in the wilds. I may add a few days later to even the ascent/mileages out a bit!

10 August; travel down to Abergavenny by train. B&B in Abergavenny. Drink lots of beer.

11 August. Day 1 takes in Ysgyryd Fawr (GW/SW-016 1 point); Bryn Awr (GW/SW-026 1 point; Sugar Loaf (GW/SW-011 2 points). Camp on Sugar Loaf.

12 August. Day 2 takes in Waun Fach (GW/SW-002 8 points). Camp near Waun Fach.

13 August. Day 3 takes in Mynydd Troed (GW/SW-009 4 points); Mynydd Langorse (GW/SW-015 4 points); Allt yr Esgair (GW/SW023 1 point). B&B at Talybont on Usk.

14 August. Day 4 takes in Tor y Foel (GW/SW-013 2 points); Cefn yr Ystrad (GW/SW-008 4 points). Camp near Cefn yr Ystrad.

15 August. Day 5 takes in Waun Rydd (GW/SW004 6 points); Pen y Fan (GW/SW-001 8 points). Camp near Llyn Cwm Llch (joined by old friend for last two days).

16 August Day 6. Takes in Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005 6 points); Fan Nedd (GW/SW-007 4 points); Fan Gyhirych (GW/SW006 6 points). Camp site to be arranged.

17 August Day 7. Takes in Fan Brecheiniog (GW/SW-003 8 points). The walk finishes (appropriately) at the Cross Inn Public House (NGR 773258).


Day Distance Ascent Points
1 12.5 3684 4
2 11.9 2743 8
3 16.3 3143 9
4 8.4 2434 6
5 12.2 3458 14
6 13.4 5235 16
7 16.4 3748 8
91.1 24445 65

Special QSL cards will be available. I will be active on 40m CW from the summits and also from my evening camp locations.




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