Talybont Reservoir Circuit

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While this walk does not reach the lofty heights of its more notable neighbours, the height gained is only 146m lower than Pen y Fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons. The walk will take you to a memorial cairn for the crew of a Canadian bomber that crashed on a training flight during World War Two, with the wrecked fuselage still littering the hillside. This walk on a clear day will reward you with exceptional views of 360 degrees.

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Wales - South Wales - Brecon - Bannau Brycheiniog


Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains
12/29/2020 - Julie Philpotts

Did this walk 26.12.20. Firstly I would seriously recommend that this walk be carried out in dry weather or at least three days without rain. The view's are fantastic and are among the best in the Brecon/ Black mountains. Huge disappointment. The state of the paths due to motor bikes and quads were absolutely shocking. Definitely the worst I've come across on any mountain thus making this walk very un-enjoyable...such a shame. How does the council allow this to happen? This doesn't happen over night. I hope this gets published as most of the comments are very dated and a lot has changed the years.

10/11/2014 - Bevis Peters

Recently did this walk again (albeit in reverse, which I think is a better route!). Note that between points 9 & 11 the route is now more obvious; around 500m after point 9 there is a fairly distinct path leading away on the right, which continues directly on to the trig point at 11. Also, after any amount of rain, the track around points 5 & 6 becomes a stream, too deep for walking boots if the rain has been heavy. There's nothing really left of the bomber wreckage now, just a few bits of aluminum poking through the grass.

8/28/2013 - Gary Box

OK I have looked into this more. When I read this walk summary and the mention of the Canadian bomber I assumed it meant MF509 which I have visited before. However MF509 remains are not in this area. I now realise that this is talking about another bomber, again Canadian which crashed in 1942 and not 1944 like MF509. I'll have to do this walk to see these remains and compare them to MF509. All very confusing since both are Canadian Wellington Bombers, one with 5 crew and the other 6. Gary

3/4/2013 - Bevis Peters

To date, this is my favourite Brecon area walk. An alternative route back is to come off the marked walk at the car park around step 13, then follow the marked path down past the water falls, before heading off along the forestry track on the west side of the reservoir (starts maybe 50m up the road past the bridge at the waterfall base). This track becomes more scenic after a while, and eventually loops back round to main walk start.

5/13/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

With many thanks to Paul Shorrock for his full update of this walk. May 2011. Adrian (Admin)

9/22/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

With thanks to Paul Shorrock this walk has been amended and updated September 2009.

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