Clyngwyn Bunkhouse

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Outdoor Activities

All sorts of outdoor activity enthusiasts stay at the Clyngwyn Bunkhouse, using it’s ideal location as a base from which to pursue their activity. This area is suited for virtually any outdoor activity including :

  • Gorge Walking
  • Waterfall Walks
  • Cold Water Swimming
  • Hill Walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Abseiling
  • Horse Riding
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • Golf
  • Bird Watching (area renowned for Red Kites and other birds of prey)
  • Gliding
  • Ghost Tours
  • Just to mention a few

We are also only 40 minutes from the Beaches of Swansea, Mumbles and the Gower coast for all you Surf dudes! Please visit our links page for details of activity providers in our area.

Caving In Clyngwyn

The following table refers to caves that are located in and around this area :

Cave Name OS Map Reference Notes
Ogof Foel Fawr SN 734 187
Cerrig Yr Ogof SN 779 213 Very extensive deposits & Cave
Pant Mawr Pot* SN 891 162 60 ft Pot hole
No name SN 900 081 Is this the setting of the Elidorus legend?
Pwll Pindar SN 902 143 30 ft Pot hole
Nant y Moch (collapsed cave)* SN 905 160
White Lady SN 910 136
Porth Yr Ogof* SN 927 124 Very wide unsupported roof (Deaths here – please seek guidance from local warden)
Cwm Porth woods Cave* SN 943 120
Cwm Pwll y Ryd* SN 911 137
Penderyn Foel SN 938 088 Vertical faulting – Neath disturbance
Pulpit Hole* SN 941 129 Interesting ‘Pulpit’ in entrance
Ogof Ffynnon SN 934 120 Impressive entrance in large pot hole
Coal Cave SN 961 111 Coal outcrop in limestone
Eglwys Faen SO 192 156
Dan Yr Ogof (show cave)* SN 840 160
* Denotes most accessible caves

This page will be updated with photographs and further information when possible. If you would like to add to or comment on the above info, please contact Clyngwyn Bunkhouse.

Please note, we at Clyngwyn are not cavers! We cannot give any recommendation or technical advice Vis a Vis caving, pot holing or any other form of hole crawling, so please don’t ask. The above information was given to us by a local guide Tim Howell, and was extracted from his guide, ‘A guide to sites of interest in the Brecon Beacons’, it’s not a comprehensive list and we welcome additions.

Caving deaths have occurred in this area. Please make sure that before you enter any cave, that you are properly equipped and are either an experienced caver, or part of a group led by a fully qualified caving guide.

Mountain Biking

Most of our guests who come here to cycle normally use us as a base for the purpose built Afon Argoed MTB centre, (Afon Forest Park – link to info and maps of the trails found there).  You can also get loads of information on Mountain biking in Wales on the MBWales website.

Local Tracks

(Please note we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of these routes)

Route 1 :

  • This track is local to the bunkhouse – take a map
  • Difficulty: Medium to Hard distance: about 15 miles
  • Grid Refs: OS Leisure map 12, SN 921107, 899105, 926166, 928124
  • From Clyngwyn head up the lane to the junction with the B4242 and turn right towards Ystradfellte and follow the B4242
  • Just after the Rhos stores and filling station on the left hand side turn left into Heol Fawr Farm, (the farmer is Mr. Trevor Davies), ride through his farm and join the bridle path at the end of his drive, (through the farm gate)
  • Follow this path until it joins the B road just before the picnic area turn right over the bridge. Keep to this road ignoring the no through road signs as it climbs up through the forest
  • At the end of the mettled track keep right and ride over the cattle grid. Follow the track on up through the forest staying on the obvious main track and don’t deviate down any fire breaks
  • At the end of this track you will come to a T junction at Sarn Helen
  • Turn right and ride through the farm gate
  • Follow Sarn Helen to the ford of the river at Coed y Garreg farm
  • Cross the ford and continue up Sarn Helen until you reach a farm gate where the track reaches the mettled road
  • Turn right along the road and over the cattle grid
  • Carry on along this road until it turns sharp right through an open gate
  • Leave the road at this point and ride straight on up the byway towards Ystradfellte
  • Eventually ride through a farm gate and into Ystradfellte, joining a mettled road to the New Inn pub
  • Turn right at the pub and follow the road up for about half a mile to a left turn
  • Take the left turn and follow the road down to Porth -yr Ogof Caves car park
  • Just before the car park, turn right onto a marked bridleway and follow it until it reaches the road
  • Turn right and follow the road half a mile back to Clyngwyn