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Picnic in a Wildlife Wilderness...

Posted: Monday 22nd May 2017 by WildCommunities

Allt Rhongyr is one of the Wild Communities Project’s 5 beautiful nature reserves. It is within the majestic Brecon Beacons National Park, and offers sweeping views down the Tawe valley. Make like Ratty and Mole with a 'fat wicker luncheon basket' and trek over the limestone grassland to take your pick of the many different spots!

"What's inside it?" asks Mole, sighting the bounty in Ratty's hand. "Oh there's cold chicken inside it," replied Ratty. "Cold tongue, cold ham, cold beef, pickle gherkin salad, French rolls, cress sandwiches, potted meat, ginger beer, lemonade and soda water."

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Whilst you picnic in the reserve, why not explore and see what wildflowers, birds, bees, trees and beetles you can spot? See if you can find Bluebells, Bullfinches, Ash Trees, Cowslips, Creeping Buttercups, Dog-violets, Blackbirds, Honey Bees, Rabbits, Wild Thyme and Wood-Sorrel. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the reserve’s herd of grazing ponies whilst you explore.

Ernest Shepard. Mole Delights in the Wonder of a Picnic Hamper

Night-time Picnics

In the dark, take in a different view of the magnificent stars crowning Allt Rhongyr. The reserve is part of the Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve, so lie back, open a flask and enjoy some star gazing.

How to get there

Turn off the A4067 half a mile south of Craig y Nos Country Park on the minor road to Penwyllt. Follow this road for 1 mile. Where the road bends to the right and climbs steeply uphill the reserve is on your left. You can leave your car by the wall in front of the bungalow on the left / in the small lay-by next to the main entrance gate. Or access the reserve through the bridleway gate just down the road. Alternatively the reserve can be reached from Craig y Nos Country Park by following the bridleway via Rhongyr Uchaf farm. Nearest town Glyntawe. Post code SA9 1GE. Map reference SN 852 156

If bringing your dog along, keep him or her close by on a lead, and remember to take home any rubbish.

Sadly the reserve is unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Two favourite spots of mine on Allt Rhongyr!


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