Carreg Cennen Castle

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Set in the western foothills of the Black Mountain, this walk offers exceptional and ever- changing views of the dramatically sited Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high on an often vertical limestone outcrop some 300ft high. This castle fits everyone's idea of what a ruined castle should be like.

The walk itself has some steep but steady gradients as it crosses and re-crosses part of the Cennen Valley and is on quiet country lanes, over pleasant pastureland and along old tracks. It also crosses some lovely streams and has a superb, steady final ascent through some delightful sloping woodland, to pass the entrance to the castle before the final descent back to the start.

Wales - South Wales - Brecon - Brecon Beacons

Features

Birds, Castle, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, River, Toilets, Woodland
04/10/2014 - John Holloway

We did this walk Sep 2014. It was obviously written up some years ago as some of the stiles mentioned are now gates and several have gone altogether (and thec newly laid path mentioned in point 13 is no longer new!) Once we realised this it became easier as the rest of the instructions are fairly easy to follow. This is a lovely walk with a variety of scenery. Its dog friendly as there are dog gates on all the stiles

09/10/2011 - Bertie The Dog

As another reviewer said " absolutely fantastic walk ". Easy to follow, dramatic views, red kites everywhere, and the castle.....fab.

06/04/2011 - Roger Middleton

We walked this one on the first weekend in April and it exceeded expectations. The walk as presented is fine as a half day walk with dramatic views of the castle from all directions. However, as we wanted to extend it in to a day walk, we chose to do it in reverse, and then extend the route from point 7 by heading west out to the lane and then descending in to Trapp for a pub lunch. Afterwards we walked west along the river for about a mile before heading north and picking up the lane that heads ENE along the ridge with clear views in all directions about 1.5 miles north of the castle. We normally avoid walking on lanes, but in this case it was so quiet we didn't meet a single car over the 2 mile extent of it. There were so many red kites to be seen that eventually we stopped commenting, and as there were 5 different paths off the ridge back to the start point that we could elect to take at any time, we were able to choose one that got us back to the car park within 10 mins of our planned time. This extension increases the walk to about 8 miles. On a breezy sunny spring day it was heavenly.

13/06/2009 - Stephen Harris

What can I say, an absolutely fantastic walk. Combine this with a visit to the castle for a very memorable day out. One thing to watch, the car park closes the gate (although didn't appear actually locked), so if you are doing this late in the day, park just outside the gate on the verge as we did with no problems (allow enough room for vehicles to pass though). A splendid walk, strenuous yes but fine all the same. Word of warning, there are cows in some of the fields on this walk so be careful! 10/10 Steve Harris