Outline : This walk explores the north side of the Mynydd Epynt. This side is steeper than the south and access limited because of the proximity of live firing. The ascents, wherever done, are short and steep. A main route, small variation and alternative route (AR) are given.
Map : All grid references are from OS Explorer Map 181 – Builth Wells
Start and Finish Point :
- - Llangammarch Wells Post Office/Shop (grid ref 936471)
- Variation; start at the picnic point/receptor centre on the Garth road (B4519) where EW Route one finishes and Route two starts, 967465
Walking Time : Allow 2.5 - 3.5 hours Distance – 10-12km
Ascent : About 200m
Access/Parking :- By road with Car Parking on village street or by railway with Llangammarch Wells Railway Station (leave station and turn left under railway bridge).
Variation and AR: there is parking at the picnic point/ receptor on the Garth road (B4519) where Route one finishes and Route two starts, 967465.
Walk in a SW direction along Public Road signposted to Cefn Gorwydd. Keep straight on past Abercieros Inn. Turn Left up metalled road (926470) at Gwar-felin (low white house on right). After Farm Buildings you take the left fork up an unmetalled road. Pass through gates eventually turning sharp right to reach the ruin at Cnwch (928455). Gated track bears left and increasingly steeply upwards – watch out for wild mushrooms in autumn.
Track becomes faint as you proceed up over a grassy slope following the fence line. It bears sharp left and gently right (933449) – walk over brow to sheepfold (937451). Go through gates onto open hill, Mabbions Way monument is ahead of you. Keep right below metalled military road, you are now on the Epynt Way and should see the waymark posts.
You should have spectacular views of the Cambrians to the North and of the Valley below. Turn right, following the waymarked route at disused metal gate (937444) and proceed down and over cattle grid (a good sustenance stop here). Turn right at the next opportunity (929445) down to the Red Flag (927447).You are now leaving the Epynt Way. Proceed through the gate into farmland and keep right down field edge with the wood on your right. Follow a sunken lane down to the ford below Penrhiw Farm (922461). Go up the track and through the farmyard and at the metalled road – turn right
Follow this road until it begins to bear left, then turn right down a track and take the footbridge over the stream before joining the outward route. Turn left (924468) and then right along the public road to Llangammarch – passing or dropping into the Abercieros Inn.
Variation : Walk, easy, along the beginning of Route 2-3, Mabbions way until marker post 213/4 and join CR 1 there. This extra will add about 1 hour to the walk.
N.B. the numbered points on the map mark the walk in an anticlockwise direction. The description is clockwise.
Alternative Route : start at the picnic point/ receptor on the Garth road (B4519), go down the road, go down across the cattle grid and take a path – just exists, across the fields, passing Tyroed -y-Rhiw Isaf ( 952471) and Pen-rhois (943473) and down to join a quiet road that winds into Llangammarch Wells. The Lake Hotel is visible in the distance to the north. The route is through what might have been an old park. Go through the town, not crossing the river and past the pub take the first road, small and steep, to the left (934469). Carry on and when this ends and forks (938464) go right and soon left to walk up steeply towards the ridge with a plantation on your left. Carry on to join the Epynt Way at marker post 213/4, turn left and return to start. Time 2-2&1/2 hours. The hillside is steep whichever way you go up.