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Brecon Beacons (Gold)

Expedition Code

BB18 - please quote this in all correspondence with the leaders.

About the Area

Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales contains a number of distinct mountainous areas, from the wilderness area of the Carmarthen Black Mountain (Mynydd Ddu) in the west, through the highest peaks of the Beacons themselves south of the town of Brecon, to the steep-sided grassy moorland of the Black Mountains bordering the English border in the east.

Our expeditions will take place in the western part of the Brecons, beautiful but little-visited. The area you will be passing through has lakes and moraines left behind by the last ice age, an enormous network of caves, one of the few geoparks in Europe and many other features that give plenty of scope for those looking for a topic for their qualifying expedition – and plenty to see for those on a practice expedition.

Award Level

Gold: Practice or Qualifying (N.B. please see the FAQ about mixed practice/qualifying groups)

Dates

Monday 9th - Friday 13th April 2018

Deadline

Sunday 25th February 2018

Planning Day

Sunday 4th March 2018

Outline of Expedition

Leaving early on Monday 9th April we will travel to our base accommodation, the Glyntawe Outdoor Centre, arriving in time for lunch. We will spend the afternoon nearby revising and practising practical navigation. The remainder of the day will be spent checking kit, packing, final checks on routes, maps and route cards ready for an early start to your expedition proper on the Tuesday morning. Expeditions will finish on Friday 13th April and we will travel back, arriving in Oxfordshire by 21:00.

Fees

£200 (including a £25 non-returnable deposit required at the time of application). This fee includes minibus travel to and from the Abingdon / Oxford area, accommodation at the Glyntawe Outdoor Centre on Monday evening and all meals while at Glyntawe plus a packed lunch for Tuesday, the first day of the expedition.

How to Apply

Please contact Andy Pope, 16 Sandford Close, Abingdon, OX14 2PX for further details and an application form. You can contact Andy by E-mail.

Useful Links

Brecon Beacons National Park
Glyntawe Outdoor Centre

Pictures from the 2016 Expedition

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The expedition went very well, with the participants enjoying an adventurous journey (not too adventurous though!), having to deal with various forms of challenging weather, and coming out of the process smiling!
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