A quite challenging one hour walk which loops around Craig Cwplau with views of the Cambrian wilderness and Claerwen Dam.
Follow the orange arrows along a mixture of farm track and grassy paths going through fields and open hill land. Some steep climbs involved.
OS Explorer Map 200 starting from SN870633
From the information board, walk 50m along the road. Turn right and go through the gate to climb along the side of the hill.
Keep following the path as it hairpins up the slope. When you reach the top, turn left and cross Claerwen dam. On the far side, turn right and go through the pedestrian gate.
Follow the path that goes along the edge of the reservoir then curves away from the water to the left. Ignore the track that goes off to the left after 200m. Keep following the orange waymarkers on the track.
After 100m the track peters out into grass. Keep following the path to the next waymarker post.
At the next waymarker post, follow the orange arrows to your left. Ahead of you you’ll be able to see another waymarker disc following a sheep track across the top of the hill. Keep following the markers, spaced approximately 50-100m apart.
At the crest of the hill, the orange arrow is pointing diagonally to your left so descend the hill. You’ll start to get a view of the meanders of the River Arban.
The next waymarker points down the hill and you’ll see two more posts in front of you. Make your way down the hill for 100m. When you reach the bottom, follow the arrow to the left.
The next waymarker is in 200m. Keep following that straight ahead through the rocks as path starts to descend.
In another 100m, the waymarker will point down to the right. Follow this little path here.
Keep following the next waymarker straight ahead, aiming for the gates in front of you. Go through the gate and follow the fence line down. There may be a closed metal gate to go through before joining the road. Make sure to close it again after you.
At the road bridge, continue straight to complete the loop and return to the car park.