For this walk we used: Crimson Short Walks Brecon Beacons (Published 2015) Walk 7: Mynydd Illtud. Distance: 2.75 miles.
The walk starts from the Libanus Mountain Centre pay and display carpark on the edge of the Mynydd Illtud Common nature reserve. From here we walked across the common and up the hill to the ramparts of an Iron Age fort. From the trig point on a clear day you can see Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountains in the whole of Southern Britain.
Visibility was low, so we didn’t get to see as much of the surrounding vistas as we had hoped, although the cloud lifted briefly towards the end.
I felt very over-prepared for this walk, carrying our full walking gear, some people were milling about on the common in shorts and t-shirts! In fact it would have been fine just to carry a waterproof jacket. Definitely no lightweight emergency bothy shelters are needed here 🙂 Certainly not in July anyway.
On returning to Libanus mountain centre, we visited the shop and café. We just missed lunch, but had tea, a slice of homemade Victoria Sponge cake, and a Welsh cake. We sat outside at a picnic table, and the hill fog cleared just enough that we caught a glimpse of Pen-y-Fan.
This is an easy stroll complete with facilities, and it would be a great family day out. However, it wasn’t our favourite as the crowds caused it to lack a wilderness feel.
Our Rating: 3/5