Tor Y Foel : Majestic Hills And The Mighty Fissure

Trail Map

tor-y-foel elevation chart
A bridge over Llangynidr and its dainty houses, ringed by autumn foliage.

The walk to Tor y Foel started in the cosy riverside town of Llangynidr. At the trail, we were met by a rather excited collie dog leaning against a low wall with one arm and cocking his head good-naturedly. It was such a human pose that I half expected him to pull out a pipe and wink. We bid the chap farewell and set off along the banks of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, which was displaying its full autumnal plumage.

The view back: Sugar Loaf and bushy orange hills

As we rose up and out of the water's edge we noticed the gnarly protrusion of Sugar Loaf, watching over us from behind. It stalked us right up until Tor y Foel's summit. To the north, the majestic curves of the Black Mountains stood proud. Their tilted profiles looked to me as if they're eternally bracing themselves against harsh winds. Ahead, the views were just as captivating. A ridge rose on the left, stretching up from the Talybont reservoir. In the distance, a mighty fissure opened up before Waun Rydd.

Looking out onto Waun Rydd, its mighty fissure and the Brecon Beacons

The final leg of the journey snaked back between sheep fields on Tor y Foel's flanks. Looking out on colourful bushy hills, we ambled merrily along before rejoining the houseboat waterways and following them right back to where we began.

        Words & Photography: Scott Norris (@radventuresofficial) // autumn 2015