What does Easier Access in the Brecon Beacons mean?
A few years ago the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority started working with local disability groups to find ways to help disabled people get out into the countryside.
As a result, the Authority made improvements such as replacing step-over stiles and steps with gates and ramps and upgrading surfaces. They started printing a guide to tell people where the improvements were.
The group soon realised that it wasn’t just disabled people that were benefiting from these changes. They kept hearing stories of lots of other people using the routes. Parents with young children in pushchairs, people who didn’t or couldn’t walk very far and people who just wanted a nice easy walk in the Brecon Beacons all found their suggestions useful.
Follow this link to the BBNPA website page for a great selection of Easier Access Walks.
Llangorse Lake Stroll
A lovely flat walk with no stiles. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as there are a few steps as well as kissing gates and wooden walkways.Please note that this walk is often not possible due to flooding in particular in the first two fields.
Park at the public conveniences at Llangorse Common. Walk straight across the common heading towards a small bridge with a yellow marker on a post. Go over the bridge then bear half left across the field to a kissing gate. In the next field head slightly right to find another kissing gate in a clump of trees. Go straight across the next field passing two very ancient oak trees on your right. After a small bridge turn left to cross the field to another gate.Go straight across two more fields to reach a small enclosure where you can turn left and go along a walkway to the bird hide.
Come out of the hide and go through the gates straight in front of you after which turn left and follow the walkway round the field to a kissing gate into a small wood.Go over the bridge and leave the wood by a gate.Cross the next two fields to come onto a track and small parking place. Turn right and you will come to the church at Llangasty.
After visiting the church you may continue the next walk or simply return the way you came.
This walk is useful if the Llangorse Lake stroll is flooded.
Park at the small car park by the Lake near Llangasty church. After visiting the church walk back up the lane you drove down. At the top you may want to turn left and go and visit The Walled Garden or if not turn right. Walk along the lane until you you come to Llangasty village Hall where there is a picnic table with lovely views of Llangorse Lake. Retrace you way along the lane to reach the Ty Mawr Farm driveway. Go down the drive then just before you reach a small pond on the left turn right and follow the track along the back of the house and gardens. On reaching a gate go through and turn left to descend the field and go through two gates to visit the bird hide. When you come out of the hide come back through two gates then turn left and follow the walkway round the field and into a small wood. Leaving the wood go straight across two fields to reach your car in the small car park.
You are recommended to check the weather forecast before you attempt any of these walks. There are various websites which give detailed local forecasts:-
Met Office – the main UK forecaster. You can select a town near where you are walking and then select the particular mountain area.
MetCheck – this gives a quick visual representation of the weather for 7 days.
You can also look at the actual weather conditions from various webcams around the National Park.
Abergavenny Webcam. This faces the north face of the Blorenge.
Black Mountains Gliding Club. One of three on the BMGC website. This one faces east towards Waun Fach in the Black Mountains.
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. One at the Mountain Centre at Libanus, looking towards Pen y Fan, and the other at Craig y Nos, looking north east towards the Beacons.
In case of Emergency
Do you carry emergency contact details with you on walks? We hope they will never be needed, but if you were taken ill or had an accident on a walk they could prove useful. It is a good idea to carry a card, preferably laminated or encased in a plastic cover, in the top of their rucksack, with their name, emergency telephone contact, and details of any medical conditions and medication carried, which could be useful in case of illness or accident.
The emergency services encourage all of us to enter a contact number in our mobile phone’s memory under the heading ICE – (which stands for In Case of Emergency). Paramedics or police would then be able to use it to contact a relative.
Do you know how to contact the emergency services by mobile phone?
- Make sure the casualty is comfortable and keep them warm.
- If you are in a group, make sure they are warm and keep together.
- Make a note of the casualty’s injuries or problems as well as items such as their sex, age, general health etc.
- Make a note of your position. The more accurate this is, the easier it for the emergency services to find you.
- Dial 112 or 999.
- If you are very close to a road and need an ambulance you can ask for the Ambulance Service. However, if you are any distance from a road, the Ambulance Service may not find you and, even if they do, be unable to get to you. In that case, ask for the Police Service and then ask them to call out Mountain Rescue. You cannot directly call out the Air Ambulance, that is a decision for the Emergency Services.
- Stay with the casualty until the Emergency Services arrive. This could take 2 hours or more, if you are in a remote area.
Did you know? You can also register your mobile phone to send emergency text messages direct to 112, which are even more likely to get through than a voice call? You are strongly advised to look at this video to learn more about how to contact the emergency services.