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Mynydd Llangorse (Llangorse Mountain) Walk
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Mynydd Llangorse Walk

The Mynydd Llangorse Walk is a fairly short but rigorous hike offering up some impressive views. Feast your eyes on Llangorse Lake to the west, the Brecon Beacons out to the south-west and the Black Mountains and Usk Valley to the east
 
Mynydd Llangorse Walk – A Pleasant Surprise!

It was Easter Sunday and Didem and I had no intention of sitting around eating Easter eggs, so we decided to head up in the direction of the Brecon Beacons for a leisurely stroll.

We have been to the Brecon Beacons on numerous occasions so we decided to choose a destination that the two of us were yet to enjoy together.

As a 10-year-old, I remember staying at my best friend’s house in Llanfihangel-Tal-y-Llyn, just to the east of Brecon and a stone’s throw from the beautiful Llangorse Lake.

Having not returned to Llangorse Lake in 34 years, I felt that this would be a great choice for our Easter Sunday wander. We discovered the short, flat Llangorse Lake Trail which seemed just perfect!

Llangorse Lake Trail

The Llangorse Lake Trail is a 3.5 km trail that runs from near to the Lakeside Caravan Park reception, around the western side of the lake to Llangasty Village Hall on the lake’s south side.

As we started out we soon realised that the path around the lake was totally impassable due to flooding. We returned to the caravan park reception and asked if there was an alternative route around the lake. When told that the only option was to follow the roads around the lake, we decided that this was not something that we fancied.

A couple of alternative walks were suggested by the very helpful ladies at the Lakeside Caravan Park information desk. One of these was the Mynydd Llangorse Walk (Llangorse Mountain Walk). Although it was not going to be quite the leisurely stroll that we had planned, it seemed like a good alternative.

Mynydd Llangorse Walk – The Detail

We were told that a good place to park was the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, a couple of kilometres outside Llangorse. Check out the exact location on the map below:

Our Route Up Mynydd Llangorse

From the car park at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre we climbed over the gate directly in front of the adjacent barn and headed east across fields in the direction of the high ground. The first few hundred metres of the Mynydd Llangorse Walk were very easy as the gradient was only gentle.

It was only when we reached the end of the second field that the gradient of the climb increased significantly. We opted for the track that passed to the left of the renovated stone shepherd’s cottage. We continued in an easterly direction for a few hundred metres until such time as the gradient steepened yet further.

At this point, we decided to head north following the contours of the mountain to make our climb slightly less arduous. In just a short time we had already climbed well above our starting point and were already being rewarded with beautiful views out to the west over the glistening Llangorse Lake and the Brecon Beacons beyond.

Before long we realised that at some point we were going to have to take a more direct route if we were planning to reach the top of the ridge in a reasonable time frame.

Once again we headed east and ploughed our way up the very steep incline until we reached the top. Naturally, the views out to the west were now even more dramatic but now we got to admire the beauty out to the east as well. Not only could we see the Black Mountains but also the sweeping Usk Valley.

We then headed south, for about 10 minutes, along the ridge until we reached our goal – the Mynydd Llangorse trig point.

We returned to the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre using the same track.
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