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!).
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 🙂
Following a day on the hill walking the 2000 footers of Fforest Fawr and being battered by a storm with winds of up to 50mph we were happy to be in sunshine and in the valleys of the waterfalls area of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
It followed what feels like months of torrential rain and very high winds and was the day prior to the peak of the bad weather, Storm Dennis, on the very next day. And so it was with some trepidation that Andy met a hardy group of walkers at Blaen Llia Car Park, newly refurbished for logging and open for walkers.
What a fine walk in horrendous weather with a full group of parents and kids – well done for getting out and about with us!
This is how we are going to build the pages on this website, with each walk having a full description, with details of height gained and distance, with a gallery and with a video fly through…
The waterfalls area of the Brecon Beacons National Park is a main tourism attraction for South Wales and rightly so. We deliver a 10 mile 8 waterfalls walk and then we split that into two walks and deliver on different days two 5 mile 4 waterfall walks. These photos are from the second of the four mile waterfall walks.
A couple of years back Andy delivered a series of walks across the Brecon Beacons National Park and they were a great success, taking in, one range or ridge or peak at a time, all of the hills over 2000ft.
And on the first Sunday of the New Year the walking baton was handed to Graham and he led a very enjoyable wander over the amazing small mountain called Cribarth at the the top end of the Swansea Valley.