This map is intended to make it a bit easier for anyone who wants to visit Bedd yr Afanc. I'd recommend you do this walk in good dry weather, using my map in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map (or Multimap printout).
Blue = Stream
Thick black = B Road
Grey = Unclassified road or track
Thin black = Stock fence
Thin red = Route to Bedd yr Afanc from road
Green blob = Parking space
Pink blob = Bedd yr Afanc
Orange blobs = Buildings
The green dot in the village of Brynberian is the safest place to park (by my reckoning SN10403504). There's a small building set off the road just to the north of the bridge, which looked to me like a telephone exchange. In front of this is space to park without blocking the gate.
From here you have to walk up the B4329 for about 700 metres, first heading east, and then north east. This is the worst part of the walk, and also the most dangerous because of the traffic.
What you're looking for is a footpath on your right, with a wooden footpath sign (partially obscured by the trees during summer). I've stuck a photo of this sign as an inset on the map (bottom right).
Follow the footpath approximately south east. At first it's made up of two concrete strips (marked on the map at this point in grey), because it serves as someone’s driveway. After a bit you'll come to a point where a path heads off to your right (you'll know you're in the right place if opposite the path is a gate made of corrugated iron).
This path is also a track, but unmade and very overgrown. If you see horse hoof prints, you're probably in the right place. Also look out for the rusty farm machinery on your right (custodians of the countryside my arse!).
Eventually you'll come to a rusty old gate (see inset photo bottom left) with an unusual latch (SN1113935165 according to my GPS). On the other side of this is the Common Land. Go through the gate and follow the fence that is now on your right-hand side.
With the fence on your right, keep going. Eventually you find yourself on the edge of the marshland. The fence turns sharply south west (at SN1115734719 according to the trusty GPS). Keep following it, keeping it to your right.
After a while the fence veers off to the north (this is at SN1092634692). At this point stop! You're about to leave the comfort of fence hugging.
Out in the bog, approximately in line with the fence you have been travelling down is Bedd yr Afanc. If you're lucky you'll be able to see it from this point, but don't be surprised if you end up saying, "I think I can see it, but I'm not sure".
There is a slight path heading into the open marshland, and it goes in approximately the right direction. This path is relatively dry, so start by following it, looking ahead and slightly to the right. Hopefully you will reach a point where you can see Bedd yr Afanc. If you have a GPS you're heading for SN1080434608.
(Small isn't it).
Image Credit: Simon Marshall
Posted by Kammer
11th July 2005ce
Edited 11th July 2005ce
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