Andrew Lamb Leader Owner
I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales.
Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG.
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No matter the weather ths is a memorable and good and proper mountain day.
Cadair Idris is a big mountain with no quick up and down, unless you're keen on a scree run... We take the long route round with memorable views of Cadair all the way to the summit.
Follow the signs from the cafe and when you clear the trees cross the stream and head uphill. The path is easy to follow to a style where you cross and then follow the wall directly up to another style and then traverse to the summit ridge and onto the summit.
Once lunch has been had it's time to descend to the bwlch before climbing the false summit and then descending, keeping the drop to the left, to the lake. If you're up for it go for a swim here :)
Descending back through the forest to the start is hard on the knees so poles help.
This day was a wander around the Berwyns and a visit to and a dip in the pool at the foot of the highest waterfall in Wales, Pistyll Rhaeadr.
Again, another fine group and another memorable event, despite the efforts of the car park and cafe owners attempts to tarnish the day.
We guide this route a few times a year and make use of the Rhyd Ddu path on the Three peaks Challenge events that we deliver too - this is because the Rhyd Ddu path is quiet, parking is ample and walking it feels like a right and proper mountain day rather than a visit to a theme park. The path is easy to follow, has little in the way of difficulty (be aware of the narrow section towards the summit) and takes you through a stunning landscape that you'll have almost all to yourself.
We left some time to explore the old slate workings at the foot of Yr Arran before finishing up for the day.
The weather was stunning, the company delightful - what was there not to like!
Likely one of the finest half days available in all of North Wales!
Cnicht is a majestic mini peak with interest from it's dog tooth profile, the lakes and ponds and the tips, abandoned buildings and inclines found in the vicinity.
Park at the small NT car park in Croesor. Don't think the cafe will be open, despite it being advertised as such we have never found it welcoming. The route is well signed to the summit but beyond there, to the lake and onto the old quarry workings good navigation skills will be needed especially in poor weather. The descent is a slow a gradual and kind to the knees affair that is a delight :)
Take time to explore the abandoned mine workings at the head of the valley and just before the descent.