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The Wildman Woods - Llyn y Fan

Updated: Mar 24

The Wildman Woods Campsite

The Wildman Woods is one of the most idyllic, off the beaten track places you could possibly hope to find on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park at the foot of Llyn y Fan Fach.

Rebecca is an angel, who is so welcoming and open to anybody who wishes to visit her farm in the most stunning location nestled in over 5 acres of woodland which she provides fabulous wild camping set up on her beautiful grounds to share with everyone, the love of reconnecting with nature.

The Wildman Woods offers true back to basic non-commercial camping in a lovely laid back environment next to a running river with open fire cooking and self-composting toilet facilities.

Rebecca also grows her own fruit and vegetables which are available to campers, in return for help collecting wood and other small maintenance jobs on the site. It makes for a great inclusive atmosphere allowing you to really feel at one with your surroundings.

Llyn y Fan Fach

From the campsite, the walk to Llyn y Fan is only about a mile (1.6km) or you can drive the short distance to a communal car park at the start of the Brecon Beacons footpath. The walkway is wide, relatively flat with a gentle incline. Some find it easier to manage with hiking poles depending on fitness and comfort.

The views and scenery are picturesque so be sure to take your camera as there are many photo opportunities. The meandering walk is approximately 2.5km up to the reservoir. This pathway is suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. OS grid reference SN798238. Lat 51.89974 // Long -3.748416. Postcode SA199UN (approx. location only).

Once at the lakeside, this is a perfect spot for a picnic or to look out to see if you can find the mythical lady of the lake. Llyn y Fan Fach is steeped in myth and legend. A folklore story of the lady of the lake; a beautiful fairy princess that married a local farmer in the village of Myddfai. They raised three sons but eventually she returned to the lake and once grown, the son's became known as the physicians of Myddfai and physicians to the English Royal Court.

Llyn y Fan Fawr

You can either return back down the same path to the car park at Llanddeusant or if you're feeling up to a somewhat more adventurous hike you can continue along the Western slope of the reservoir on a much more precarious challenging route that is not suitable for children or inexperienced walkers. This takes you around Picws Du and Fan Brycheiniog, where are you will eventually reach a second lake known as Llyn y Fan Fawr. This second route will take you approximately 13 kilometres around the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park.

Dogs are permitted along the routes but must be kept on leads at all times as there are grazing sheep across the whole area. Both The Wildman Woods and Llyn y Fan are in close proximity to the Red Kite Feeding Station also at Llanddeusant, where you can see the magnificent bird of Wales up close during British Summer Time (BST) every day at 3.00pm and during other months (GMT) feeding is at 2.00pm. There is no need to book. You can make a real day of sightseeing whether you are local to the area or visiting tourists.

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