Pen Allt Mawr & Pen Cerrig Calch circular walk Brecon Beacons


The Pens of Hywell the Good.

We have waited and waited for some proper mountains weather, all through the festive season I have ate like a king, of course purely to pack on the calories in anticipation of a good few months of walking, but to no avail its just be windy warm and wet and the weather has been shocking as well. So imagine my excitement when the forecast eventually started to shape up and social media was buzzing with weather forecasts, updates, opinions, guess work and general gossip about the pending Arctic plunge.




Abbey and Craig Ddu

I have had this nice half day walk on my to do list as a video for a while. Its the start of the Grwyne Fecahn valley and kicks off the other half of my Black Mountains walking routes series. With the Hatterrall and Ffawdogg ridges already being filmed, which covers Llanthony, longtown and Capel Y ffin and is a great place to start if your new to walking in the area or my walking blogs.

If you have travelled from Brecon to Abergavenny you know this particular hill very well, as its the one the dominates the sky line to the east as you drop down the hair pin from Bwlch.  It accompanies you along the road as you pass the Glan Usk Estate and stands ominously above Crickhowell, with the famous Table top Mountain luring you up into the hills. We walked most of the side of the hill on the Beacons Way walk passing the commemorative plaque dedicated to the founding father of the Beacons Way route, John Sansom.  


This also happens to be the first time the sheepdawg has been out in the snow only being 6 months old. If you want to find out a bit more about the sheepdawgs background have a look here our new mini series ” postcard from the hills

So grab your spikes your stove and join me for another mooch about in the hills.

As with all the Walking route series there is a G.P.S route to download that will work on smartphones, G.P.S devices and can be loaded into google earth.

Click to download free map
Click to download free map


  1. Hi, looking forward to looking at your email, only just got back from the farm! Take care & thank you. Trevor

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Just watched the full video of the walk-great views,informative and amusing.Cwm Banw horseshoe has been a favourite for 30 years.My only criticism,sorry to be so blunt,is that your Welsh place name pronunciation is dire.I do a PowerPoint on “Ynganu” or how to pronounce Welsh names in the Beacons and would gladly share it with you in the future if you have an interest or have a group who are interested.Dal ati(keep at it)


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