Talgarth MTB Red 1 - Llangorse and Bwlch

talgarth mtb red one

The first half of this route is almost entirely off-road. Once you have climbed to the base of Mynydd Troed you follow a bridleway (much used by horses, so it gets quite churned up in wet weather) through bracken. From Cwm Siencyn, it’s up onto the top of Cefn Moel and down, down, down to the village of Bwlch. From Bwlch you go up to the knife edged ridge of Allt yr Esgair with its impressively sited Iron Age hill fort. Take a while to gaze at the views and imagine how life was for those Iron Age folk. Descend, now, on a narrow path to Pennorth and make your way back to Talgarth following bridleways and lanes around Llangorse Lake and surrounding area. O/S Ref: GR154 338 Explorer OL12 & Explorer OL13

39km - 24 miles

Start Talgarth Car Park. GR153337. Leave CP heading S towards Llangorse. After about 2½ km (and after Trefecca village) turn L SP Trefecca Fawr. SO for 1½ km and take BW where road bears sharp L. Follow BW to road & turn L. At T-junction turn R. At next T-junction turn L and then sharp R onto BW. SO for over 2 km, cross road, and follow rutted BW along side of hill. Follow BW along narrow path, through wood, past cottage and up steep climb onto top of hill. At corner of fence go SO keeping fence on R. At next corner turn R following fence. Keeping fence then stonewall on your R follow track all the way to Bwlch village. Turn R on main road and then R again SP Llangorse. After ½ km turn L, SP Pennorth. Turn L at Sawmill Cottages. SO up hill and where road turns sharp L go R onto BW, SP Pennorth. At gate where BW splits take either track. SO alongside forest up to Allt Yr Esgair hill fort. SO down BW, track goes sharp L then take L fork and SO to Pennorth village and turn L. SO through village SP Llanhamlach and shortly after turn R up BW. SO along BW for 2 km, at road go SO. At X roads turn R SP Llanfihangel & Llangorse. Turn R at Black Cock Inn & SO to Llangorse. Turn R at T-junction, past pub and turn L. Fork L at yew tree. SO for 2 km and turn L at T-junction at top of steep hill. Shortly after, where road bears R take farm track to L. At Heol y Cefn turn R. SO to T-junction & turn L. At farm where road bears R go SO down track. After 1 km turn R on road and back to start.

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