GeoFest 2022

The dates for this year’s Geopark Festival are Saturday 21st May to Sunday, 5th June. Events already arranged are listed below – we hope to add a few more yet.

  • To book your place: see individual event details
  • Cost: all events are free except where otherwise indicated

Sunday 22nd May

Cribarth from Craig-y-nos Country Park

  • Where: Geoterrace at Craig-y-nos Country Park, upper Swansea Valley
  • OS grid ref: SN 839155 Postcode: SA9 1GL
  • Facilities: pay & display parking, toilets and cafe at country park
  • Time: 3 hrs 45 mins (12.45 – 16.30)
  • Distance: 5.25 km / 3.25 miles
  • Ascent: 250m / 800ft
  • Terrain: a steep initial ascent, rocky in parts

Join Geopark officer, Alan Bowring for an afternoon’s exploration of the geology and industrial archaeology of Cribarth, the limestone ridge which rises behind Craig-y-nos Country Park. Alan describes it as ‘the most interesting hill in the entire National Park‘.

Walk organised in association with The Big Skill. Book your place here.


Tuesday 24th May

Country Park in Deep Time

  • Where: Geoterrace at Craig-y-nos Country Park, upper Swansea Valley
  • OS grid ref: SN 839155 Postcode: SA9 1GL
  • Facilities: pay & display parking, toilets and cafe at country park
  • Time: (1hr 15mins) 15.00 – 16.15
  • Distance: up to 2km / 1.25 miles
  • Ascent: negligible
  • Terrain: assortment of grass and surfaced tracks

Join Geopark officer, Alan Bowring for a gentle circuit of Craig-y-nos Country Park, peering back millions of years to understand the origins of this landscape.

Walk organised in association with The Big Skill. Book your place here.


Thursday 2nd June

Penwyllt from Craig-y-nos Country Park

  • Where: Geoterrace at Craig-y-nos Country Park, upper Swansea Valley
  • OS grid ref: SN 839155 Postcode: SA9 1GL
  • Facilities: pay & display parking, toilets and cafe at country park
  • Time: 3 hrs 45 mins (12.45 – 16.30)
  • Distance: 7.3km / 4.6 miles
  • Ascent: 225m / 735ft
  • Terrain: one steep ascent up grass, one steep descent down a rocky track, otherwise gentler on tracks and former tramroads

Join National Park officer, Eleanor Greenwood for an afternoon’s circular walk from the country park to the former village of Penwyllt, home to a national nature reserve, Britain’s deepest cave and an extraordinary industrial heritage.

Walk organised in association with The Big Skill. Book your place here.


Saturday 4th June

Cadair Fawr: cairns, cattle, kilns & quarries

  • Time: 10am – 4pm (6 hours)
  • Distance: up to 6km / 4 miles
  • Ascent: 240m / 820ft
  • Terrain: mostly short limestone grassland, some damp sections

Edith Evans of Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust will explore the history and prehistory of these hillsides between Penderyn and Garwnant Forest. From Bronze Age cairns through Mediaeval farmsteads to the early industrial era limekilns – plenty to see en route – and all amidst a natural landscape of shakeholes and limestone pavements. 

CHANGED ARRANGEMENT: Please note that this walk is organised and led by the Friends of the Brecon Beacons (a.k.a. Brecon Beacons Park Society) and not by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.