Talgarth MTB Black - Grwyne Fawr Reservoir

talgarth mtb black

The Black Mountains classic, this is a genuine black route reaching heights of 700m with very open hill country. The route takes you out of Talgarth straight up to the top of Y Dâs, a climb of about 550m, of which about 250m is a push and carry. Once at the top you have a great descent all the way past Grwyne Fawr Reservoir and down to Mynydd Du Forest. You then make your way through the forest and along country lanes. Beware of the very steep descent past the church at Ffynon Ishow. There is an opportunity for refreshments at Llanbedr village, when the pub is open, before the climb back up to the “cairn” at the ridge top at Pen Trumau. The descent is a flyer down a smooth grassy track. Watch out for horses and walkers and give way to them. The return to Talgarth takes you along lanes and tracks with one last ferocious climb to the base of Castell Dinas. The route can be ridden in the reverse direction, but the descent of Y Dâs is very tricky and requires great expertise. O/S Ref: GR154 338 Explorer OL12 & Explorer OL13

52km - 32 miles

Start Talgarth Car Park. GR153337. From CP go into Talgarth centre and take minor road to R of The Tower Hotel. Fork R at first junction and at 2nd junction. At T-junction on open ground turn R and shortly after go L up wide track between two fences. Follow this track up big climb (pushing & carrying) to top of Y Dâs. From top go SO in a SE direction and down. Track follows stream to Grwyne Fawr Reservoir. SO down to tarmac road. SO on road for 3 km and turn R on to forest road at black tin shed. At hairpin bend go SO on BW. At junction go L on track. SO for 1 km. At X roads go SO, then bear R and up to deserted farmhouse (Ffordd-las-fawr). Turn L after yard and SO out of forest. Follow track alongside stone wall (on L) all the way to road. Go SO. Beware very steep hill at church. SO to Pen y Bair (clear fork in road) fork R. R at next junction and R again at next junction. Turn almost immediately R up stony track into trees. Follow track for 2 km and cross road. Track continues through woods and up to Llanbedr village. Turn R at church. At next junction turn R. At next junction take middle of 3 roads. SO and past phone box. SO at junction to end of rough road and SO onto BW. Follow BW for about 4 km, around LH hairpin and onto ridge top with small cairn. Now go SO down on grassy track in SW direction. At corner of fence take a R alongside fence. Follow the [ath which bears to the left slightly towards gate. SO down stone track to the road. Turn R and go SO to Rhyd-y-Car farm. Turn L up steep track. SO up and over. Bear R, then SO to gate. Turn L. Where road turns sharp L go R onto track & SO to road. Turn L and SO back to Talgarth.

Abbreviations: SO - Straight on | R - Right | L - Left | Bw - Bridleway | JN – Junction