With funding provided from the Welsh Assembly Government and the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority wardens, the Groundwork Trust and volunteers completed the improvements last month.
Located in the Eastern Area of the National Park, the bridge provides an important access route for the Beacons Way trail which spans from the east to the west of Park and takes about 8 days to complete. The internationally popular walking route dubbed “The Holy Mountain to Bethlehem” takes walkers on a journey across the heart of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park starting at Skirrid Fawr and ending in Bethlehem.
Shelley Baars, Eastern Area Warden for the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said: “We have been working closely with the Groundwork Trust to upgrade the Beacons Way route and install the new bridge over the Grwyne Fechan river near Llanbedr. The old bridge was installed 30 years ago and had become rotten in places so the additional funding was welcomed and enabled an important part of this official route to be improved for walkers to enjoy.”
Charles Henderson, Chairman of the Bannau Brycheiniog Park Society said: “The Bannau Brycheiniog Park Society are pleased that a replacement bridge has been opened over the Grwyne Fechan on the Beacons Way. This route continues to grow in popularity and BBNPA and BBPS have been working together successfully to promote and enhance it.”
An 8 day Guided Beacons Way walk is planned for Saturday 25th July to Saturday 1st August. This annual 98 miles linear walk crosses the entire National Park from Skirrid Fawr to Bethlehem. Booking is essential and the cost is £90 per person. Packed lunches must be taken. For more details and/or to book a place please call Rob Knowles on 07971 190 768 or email him.
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