Mountains in England & Wales starting with W
|Waun Fach (2500ft+) is the highest point of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons (Wales), a dissected plateau between Hay-on-Wye to the N and Abergavenny to the S. Some 6 or more parallel streams run SSE cutting the plateau into parallel ridges and valleys. The northern and western edges of the plateau form an abrupt escarpment with the shapely top of Pen Rhos Dirion (713m) prominent when seen from the Wye Valley.
Waun Fach lies 4 km S of Pen Rhos Dirion on the western edge of the range. Waun Fach is a gently rounded top with a flat summit plateau 500m in diameter, and has 3 ridges each with a well-trodden path. The W ridge turns S to a col at 617m with a choice of paths W giving access from the A470 road; then continues S for 7 km with 4 tops ending at Pen Cerrig-calch (701m) above the village of Llanbedr. The SE ridge and path leads after 2 km to Pen y Gadair Fawr (800m) then continues SSE for 7 km to Crug Mawr (550m) from where the path descends also to Llanbedr. It would thus be possible to make a long circular ascent of Waun Fach from Llanbedr around the Grwyne Fechan valley.
The track on the NNW ridge follows the edge of the escarpment, turning NE after 3 km and gently rising to Pen Rhos Dirion now with crags to left. After a further 2 km is another shapely top, Twmpa (690m), before the track descends to the Gospel Pass (524m) and a minor road from Hay-on-Wye. This road gives access to the most scenic part of the Black Mountains and Waun Fach with minimal ascent and undulation, but it is necessary to return by the same route.
|Waun Rydd (2500ft+) is the most easterly of the Brecon Beacons (Wales), lying midway between Talybont Reservoir dam to the E and Bwlch ar y Fan pass (599m), the col with Pen y Fan to the W.
From its summit, which stands towards the NW end of a plateau, the main Beacons ridge descends SW to a 754m nameless rise (with crags to N) to which a track ascends from the upper Talybont valley on Craig y Fan Dhu. The ridge continues as a broad plateau WSW around the NW-facing Craig Cwareli (crags) over a 730m top, then turns NW and narrows to finish at Fan y Big (719m) above the Bwlch ar y Fan. Waun Rydd can be approached from N and E along long gentle ridges, but is usually climbed from the upper Talybont valley.
Waun Rydd can be combined in a longer and more interesting excursion with Pen y Fan .