Capel Cartref is a renovated chapel, originally built in 1930 and named Capel Newydd. Based in Powys, on the border of Brecon Beacons, Capel Cartref is now a 5 bedroom house, with three bathrooms and an enclosed garden; it accommodates ten people and accepts well managed dogs. The rear of the chapel has a viranda and balcony that overlooks River Twrch.
Andy Lamb has been a Brecon Beacons National Park Part Time Warden and BBNP Volunteer and Guided Walks Co-ordinator, Chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a D of E and The Princes Trust Co-ordinator in Powys, in RCT and in Merthyr Tydfil and is currently the owner of Wales Outdoors.
I evidenced multiple companies delivering unsafe gorge walking activities in the waterfalls area on multiple occasions and over multiple years with no authority or group taking notice or seeking improvement. Quite the contrary, the authorities closed ranks and attempted to damage my business for speaking out – that is the reward for whistle blowers.
I will continue to park on the roadside at Mynydd Illtyd common, a handful of times a year. My parking there does no damage to the environment whereas the farmers driving tractors and quads, the sheep and the horses, all of whom travel across the common and in wet conditions too, most certainly do.
The following article was first published in Wales Online – There are problems with the content of the article which clearly indicates the lack of vision being employed by the BBNP Members. And of course the five mile drive rule of thumb still applies, although we guess you could cycle there (for some reason there appears to be a 40 mile rule of thumb for cycling!).
The route is uphill, gently at first but then after the reservoir steeply up to the summit of Fan Llia and then a steep descent back to the start point. 17km and 500m of ascent.
It was a big water day but bright and sunny too – in fact a perfect day for a walk in the waterfalls area of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The centre will be powered by a range of renewables, wind and solar in the main. A daily 4×4 shuttle bus will run in the morning and again in the evening taking and returning staff and resources to the cafe and removing rubbish from the site. This could be replaced by 2027, if stage three of the development plan can be successfully funded, by a funicular railway that would make use of water to assist the carriages ascent and descent.
Given the advice that peak virus will not be with us until mid May, when 95% of all infections will likely be taking place, it would seem sensible to assume that the Corona Virus will be disrupting our society until the end of August.
So, until we get clear and sensible advice and until cafes and bars are ordered closed we’ll be delivering guided walks in the Great Outdoors every Saturday and Sunday and sometimes during the week too 🙂