Pen Cerrig-Calch Walk

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Both this walk and the one following to Pen Allt-mawr are more demanding walks.

The walk up to Pen Cerrig-calch (701 meters) is approximately 5.5 miles from the car park in Crickhowell, but it does include some pretty steep stretches, especially the last section up onto what is a plateau on which the trig point (Grid Ref: SO217224) stands.

Allow at least 4.5 hours. A compass is needed because both the changeable conditions up on the top and also because the domed plateau on the top can be disorientating if your visible reference points are lost in the clouds.

Start the walk in the pay and display car park and follow the directions for getting up Table Mountain. Instead of turning up to the top of the Table Mountain once up on the shoulder of the hill, continue on the more gently rising path and head for the shoulder of the main hill in front of you. Set a compass bearing on the Spring (Trwyn Ysgwrfa) marked on the OS map at Grid Ref: SO225214. The climb is fairly arduous right up on to the top so take it steadily. Once at the spring, the path twists round a rocky outcrop and continues up towards a summit. The path now becomes indistinct and the whole landscape becomes rocky and between the rocks, marshy. Set a compass bearing on the trig point which is invisible over the brow of the hill until you are only a few hundred yards away from it.

The views from the trig point are stunning. Now you have a choice to either continue along the top towards Pen Allt-mawr (Grid Ref SO207244) or to descend back down to Crickhowell by retracing your journey up. There are no real alternative routs back down to the village from Pen Cerrig-calch. The Sugar Loaf mountain to the east south east is a useful marker to guide the first part of the walk back down, but if it's cloudy, take another compass reading based on the spring at Trwyn Ysgwrfa to get you off the top safely.

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  • Accessibility of route - Pay & Display Car Park
  • Length of route (miles) - 6
  • Typical duration of route - 4.5

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Black Mountains lie within a triangle defined by the towns of Abergavenny in the southeast, Hay-on-Wye in the north and the village of Llangors in the west. Another 'gateway' town to the Black Mountains is Talgarth

The nearest railway station is Abergavenny, which is 0 miles away.

Pen Cerrig-Calch Walk

Type:Walking Route

Brecon Beacons | Black Mountains, Powys

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Brecon Beacons | Black MountainsBrecon Beacons | Black Mountains, CrickhowellThe Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park are spread across Powys, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire. Great for walking and the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain is a great place to experience dark skies.

Sugar Loaf (from Llangenny) Walk, CrickhowellThere are many ways up and down the Sugar Loaf. This walk starts on the west of this striking and distinctly shaped hill in the small village of Llangenny (240180), just to the east of the bridge over the Grwyne Fawr.

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Pen Allt-Mawr, CrickhowellThis walk is a continuation of the walk to Pen Cerrig-calch. The walk is approximately 8 miles and you need to allow at least 5.5hours if starting from the car park in Crickhowell.

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