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Beacons Ultra - 14th November 2020

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Beacons Ultra - ROUTE

The route for the Beacons Ultra is a very varied one that will test competitor’s strengths and weaknesses, flat land specialists will love the canal bits whilst the mountain goats will prefer the 'gap', and then of course there's all the 'in between' bits.

The event take place in the heart of the Brecon Beacons starting and finishing in the delightful village of Talybont-on-Usk. From the start at Race HQ you follow the picturesque Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal toward Llangyndir. The tow path to Llangynidr is probably the flattest 3 miles you will find in Wales! The route then splits from the canal at the canal locks and heads up the Beacons way for about a mile before detouring off to take in the much appreciated trek up and over Tor y Foel before descending down into Talybont forest. Here it picks up the old coal route where originally the tramway and later on the railway brought coal from ‘over the other side’ to be loaded on to the barges for dispatch to Newport. A steady climb continues towards Torpantau before dropping slightly and entering the Taf Fechan Forest. The forest trail then starts to change into open hill and follows what the locals call the ‘Gap Road’.

The highest point of the route is 600 meters above sea level at the ‘Gap’ itself.

After all that height gain there is quite a bit of descending along one of the Brecon Beacons ‘classic’ routes, down to the canal at Pencelli and back to Race HQ at Talybont-on-Usk where you can rest/restock before departing for your 2nd loop (note the cutoff for starting the 2nd loop is 14.30pm)

ROUTE STATS

Distance - 47.1 miles | Elevation - 6066ft ascent | Underfoot - 95% trail / 5% road

ROUTE PROFILE

More details including elevation profile can be found - HERE

GPX FILE

The GPX file for the Beacons Ultra can be downloaded - HERE

CHECKPOINT LOCATIONS

Checkpoint No.LocationDistance Miles
1Pen Rhiw-calch7.3
2Cwmcynwyn16.7
3Race HQ23.6
4Pen Rhiw-calch30.8
5Cwmcynwyn40.3

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ROUTE

Route map for Beacons Ultra - V2 by Jonathan Davies on plotaroute.com

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