Climb the Dragons Back on this challenging circular walk in the Black Mountains, Wales. The route runs for just over 7 miles and includes a visit to the highest point of the Black Mountains at Waun Fach. The views along the ridge are breathtaking in all directions.
The walk starts from the parking area near Pengenffordd. Head north from here toward the village where you can pick up a trail heading east to Castell Dinas. This Iron Age hillfort has the highest castle in England and Wales. A Norman castle was built here in the 11th century. What remains now are crumbling walls mainly covered with earth and the outlines of ditches and ramparts from the original Iron Age fortifications, commanding extensive views up into the Black Mountains and over Talgarth towards Brecon.
After exploring the fort the route continues east to Y Grib and Pen Y Manllwyn. Here you turn south to Waun Fach which stands at a height of 811 m (2,661 ft). From here there are views over the Brecon Beacons including Rhos Fawr and the Radnor Forest. You may also see some wild ponies wandering around the area.
The walk then descends to the south west toward Pen Trumau. Soon after you turn west along Rhiw Trumau and Cwmmfforest. The route then returns to the car park. You can enjoy well earned refreshments at the Castle Inn in Pengenffordd after your exercise.
For a shorter walk you could try the climb to Waun Fach from the Castell Dinas car park.
Dragons Back Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Dragons Back Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Dragons Back OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Dragons Back Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the appropriately named Dragons Back pub for some well earned refreshments after your walk. The pub is notable as being the highest pub in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The relaxed pub does very good food and also provides accommodation if you need to stay over. It's also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with in tow. You can find the pub at Pengenffordd with a postcode of LD3 0EP for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your walking in the area you could head to the nearby Grwyne Fawr Reservoir for some nice waterside trails. Also nearby is the Mynydd Du Forest where there are miles of walking trails and mountain bike trails to try.
To the west is the climb to Mynydd Troed and Cockit Hill from Pengenffordd.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Brecon Beacons Walks and the Black Mountains Walks pages.