Sunday 24th April 2022 - Plynlimon (Pumlumon Fawr)

     A gradual climb into a quiet valley, then through disused quarry and mining areas, onto the Wye Valley Way and past waterfalls through the Hafren forest, takes us up to the source of the Severn. From there we have a stretch along the broad plateau of Pumlumon, passing the source of the Wye, with dramatic mountain scenery all around culminating with the views over Nant-y-Moch reservoir and Cardigan Bay from Pumlumon Fawr (752m). Then there's a pleasant descent back to the start. Total distance around 13 miles with 2200 feet of climbing.

    This isn't too tough a climb, but does go over some rough country as well as good paths - probably around 6-7 hours for the walk. A late note - there is a ford (of the infant Wye) to cross early on; you are recommended to take some precautions - well-fitting gaiters, sandals or spare socks, maybe.

    Driving distance is around 60 miles on good roads, so 1 hr 20-30min travelling each way. Meet at the Abbey at 08:00, or let me know if you need to go directly to the start point.

    Walk leader: John Ellerslie; email; text 07490 272286; landline 01743 360115.