|Mynydd Troed & Mynydd
Llangorse from Cockit Hill
Mynydd Troed Mynydd Llangorse
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (October 2013).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars around trail head.|
|Start height||354 metres|
|Vertical metres||415 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.7 km|
Mynydd Troed trail head at Cockit Hill.
From the town Abergavenny drive road A40 approximately 14 km (~9 mi) north-west, in the direction of Brecon. Turn right onto road A479, signed "Builth Wells", and drive 7.2 km (4.5 mi). Turn left immediately after small bridge crossing a river. This is 4.7 km (2.8 mi) after the village Cwmdu. Follow this narrow road 3.2 km (2.0 mi) to the top of the road, making sure you close the gate just after the houses 2.0 km (1.2 mi) above A479. Park on the left hand side of the road.
Start your hike by following the obvious path on the right hand side of the road, heading straight up to the summit cairn of Mynydd Troed. Descend back down to the road and head up the path on the other side of the pass. Follow this path up to the unmarked summit of Mynydd Llangorse, which can be found a few tens of metres south of a pile of stones along the path, and just south of a pond.
Descend by reversing your ascent route from the car park.
11. October 2013
Hike number three this Friday, and by now it had started to rain, in addition to low mist and strong wind. The hike up to Mynydd Troed was straight forward on a fine path, but no views on this miserable afternoon.
While descending Mynydd Troed the mist lifted a little and I could see that there was a path running up to what seemed to be a top with primary factor more than 100 metres on the other side of where I had parked my car. I assumed the highest point I could see was the summit, and decided to have a go at what would be a bonus top.
When I got up to what I had thought was the summit I could barely see something that looked higher further along, and I started to curse myself for not having stopped by the car and looked at the map I have on my PC (I didn't have a paper map of the area). I decided to walk a little further and after a couple of hundred metres I was convinced I was heading for a higher point than the one I had just left. But I was really walking in the blind since the mist was very dense, but a small pile of stones suggested this might be the summit. But it was clearly a point that was slightly higher a few tens of metres further along, a little left of the path, so I decided to visit that point. But whether this was the summit or not was only confirmed when I looked at my GPS track on the PC back at the hotel later at night. Luckily I had found the true summit, and could then definitely claim a bonus top.
After the hike I continued towards Craig y Llyn.