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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Brecon Revisited: 07-11 May [Updated 20/03/20]

Covid-19 Pandemic: 
Whether the trip goes ahead will depend on government advice about the coronavirus situation nearer the time. Adequate notice will be given if the trip has to be cancelled or can be moved to another date, if the advice and the development of the pandemic allow it.
If you have booked accomodation and don't have the option to cancel for free, moving the reservation to another time might still be an option.
If you have booked Advance train tickets: Great Western Railway have today relaxed their rules and are now saying "You can also amend Advance tickets to an alternative future date without having to pay an admin fee". 

Up to 4 days of walking in the westerly and central parts of the Brecon Beacons, while avoiding travel on the Bank Holiday and the weekend:

07/05 Thursday -- Arrival
08/05 Friday (Bank Holiday) to 10/05 Sunday – 3 out of these 4: SWC 278 Brecon Beacons Horseshoe (or possibly SWC 285 Fan Dance) from Storey Arms Bus Stop, SWC 279 The Black Mountain, SWC 307 Fforest Fawr Traverse and SWC 308 Bwlch Circular, each with a second option of a less tough walk: SWC 85 Pen y Fan and Corn Du, SWC 86 The Black Mountain (Short) and SWC 280 Henrhyd Waterfall (Bluebells galore). Exact sequence of walks dependent on bus schedules.
11/05 Monday -- SWC 306 Brecon Circular (from 5 to 22 km) and Departure

Public transport-based travel options are as follows:
·        Paddington – Abergavenny plus Bus Line 43/X43 from the bottom of Station Road,
·        Paddington – Merthyr Tydfil or Cardiff plus Bus Line T4,
·        Paddington – Neath (or Swansea) and Bus Line T6 from Neath Bus Station [5 mins away]. 

[Advance train tickets can already be booked on the GWR website!
For Abergavenny book trains to/from Newport (Wales), the connecting train is run by a different company and can be booked on the day.]


Sandy said...

Many thanks for posting this Thomas - I will be there; staying at the Old Castle Farm guest house, on the same street as the Beacons guesthouse but a bit further out of town.

Gabriella Palmano said...

I have just been obliged to cancel my trip to Vietnam (sob) so I may come on this after all..
Hence I’m just checking - is it all still going ahead and if so, who is going and where will everyone be staying ? I imagine Brecon or are there other towns / villages too ? Does one need to be on a particular bus route ? ( Would be coming by train .)
I’ve never been on a SWC holiday before so would be grateful for any feedback.
Thanks !

Thomas G said...

What's Vietnam compared to the Beacons, anyway?
People have booked (incl. me) and we're sturdy folk, so unless HM Government forces the country into complete lockdown, there will be people on those walks.
Brecon is the place to stay, and it's big enough to have a good variety of options to stay in, from b&b's over guest houses to hotels and inns. Only the youth hostel is quite a bit outside Brecon (on a bus line but not necessarily convenient for all walks), but we even had people stay there and go on the group walks on past trips.
The ways to get to Brecon are described in the post. Just make sure that your train out from Paddington connects well to a bus to Brecon (with a cushion in case the train runs late).