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Mynydd Troed Walk in the Black Mountains of Wales

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Mynydd Troed Walk Description

To the Summit

From the Dragon’s Back car park, take the path at the northern end and immediately turn left. Follow the dirt track alongside the A479 for approximately 300 metres. 

Upon reaching a small country road, cross the A479 and pass through a metal gate between farm buildings. 

Turn right at the end of the farm buildings, then head left through the metal gate signposted ‘Footpath‘. The tree-lined trail ascends gradually passing through two further gates before breaking out onto the northern base of Mynydd Troed.

Continue for approximately 250 metres before turning left, commencing the steep ascent up the mountain’s northern slope. To give you an idea of the gradient, this section is around 1 km in length and the change in height is just over 250 metres, making this a 1:4 or 25% slope.

Upon reaching the top, the trig point indicating the 609-metre summit will soon come into sight, sitting within metres of the northern slope.

Now it’s time to take a break, get some air back in those lungs and appreciate the wonderful views that now surround you!

Out to the southwest Llangorse Lake shows itself for the first time, with the distant Pen y Fan sitting proudly on the horizon. Whilst, immediately across the valley to the south lies the broad-backed Mynydd Llangorse.  

Looking eastward, you get to savour the rich, broad tapestry of greens in the Rhiangoll Valley, rising to the imposing brown, central peaks of the Black Mountains.

Walking the Ridge

From the trig point, the next stage of the Mynydd Troed walk takes you in a southeasterly direction along the crest of the summit ridge. This is a nice gentle section giving you the time to absorb the breathtaking vistas.  

You can venture just as far as you wish along this section before heading back to the trig point. I chose to turn as the trail began to drop steeply down the southern edge of the ridge. 

This is also a great spot to capture some southerly views of the Rhiangoll valley as it meanders its way towards the Usk Valley. Furthermore, you can not help but notice the distinctive flat ridge sitting high above the valley, with Pen Allt Mawr located at its northern tip. 

Down the Western Slope

As you retrace your steps towards the trig point, out to the northeast you will clearly see the stepped ridge known as the Dragon’s Back guiding walkers towards the peak of Waun Fach. 

Upon reaching the trig point, take the trail to the left and follow this relatively steep path as it descends towards the valley in a south-westerly direction. 

As the path begins to swing back towards the north, take the trail to the left that leads you down to the small country road that runs through the valley. 

This is also the location of the alternative parking area, should you wish to enjoy the Mynydd Troed walk from the mountain’s western flank.

Return to the start 

Now take the relatively even trail to the right, heading firstly north and then east as it winds its way around the base of Mynydd Troed. This was a particularly boggy section of the route, so make sure you come equipped with proper walking boots!

You will eventually rejoin the path on which you arrived leaving just a short distance back to the Dragon’s Back car park.
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