Raise money for the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team and Newport Outdoor group by undertaking stunning walks

Welcome to our Challenge Walks website

Welcome to the home page of the Newport Outdoor Group’s Challenge Walks website. We organise two annual challenge walks, the 26 mile Black Dragon Challenge Walk (the “BDCW”) in April; and the 20 mile Talybont Trial (with the option of a shorter 10 mile walk) held in mid September.

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Black Dragon Challenge Walk

Join us on a stunning 26-mile mountain challenge walk in the Brecon Beacons around Crickhowell, organised in conjunction with the Brecon Mountain Rescue team. Saturday April 6th 2019

The BDCW has been run each year since 1982, and takes as its base the small market town of Crickhowell, near Abergavenny. This walk challenges even the best and the fittest, and includes a total of 6,700 feet of ascent through the surrounding Black Mountains. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Brecon Mountain Rescue team. Please note that the event is a test of map reading and navigational skills in mountainous terrain. Consequently the organisers do not provide a written route description. All checkpoints and grid references are detailed on the entry form.

The BDCW Details

The Standard Route

The BDCW takes the high road from Crickhowell. Passing Llanbedr, you climb 8 miles of whale-back ridge – so very characteristic of the Black Mountains – to reach Waun Fach, the highest point in the range. From here it’s downhill to Pengenfford, with cold drinks when you arrive. Mynydd Troed is a climb of 1,000 ft, followed by Mynydd Llangorse, and then you drop again to lower altitudes and more welcome cold drinks at Pentre. By now you’ve done 20 miles and you’re about to hit the wall – 1,800 ft of it – before you top Pen Allt-Mawr. Then you can breeze along the ridge to Pen Cerrig-Calch, and finally it’s down, down all the way back to Crickhowell for well-earned drinks and refreshments. No dogs are allowed on this event as it coincides with the lambing season.

There are 3 options available in the 2019 challenge:

1. The standard route - 26 miles/42 kilometres (refreshments available en route)
The Black Dragon Challenge Standard Route 2. The Endurance Leg - 30 miles/49 kilometres (refreshments available en route)
The Black Dragon Challenge Endurance Route 3. The Ridge Route – a shorter option (19 miles/30 kilometres) which keeps at a high level (no refreshments en route)
The Black Dragon Challenge Ridge Route


We encourage you to raise funds (individually or as a team) for your preferred charity by getting sponsored.

Entry Prices for 2018

1. Standard: Standard £18 in advance / £22 on the day
2. Endurance: Endurance £23.00 in advance ONLY
3. Ridge £15 in advance / £18 on the day


Please contact jackieroberts30@hotmail.com for queries.

Staying Over?

The attractive market town of Crickhowell makes a great base for the walk, and ample accommodation is available in the area - our website carries some details or you can contact the Crickhowell Resources & Information Centre on 01873 811970 (or see website at www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk)

Key Information, Terms and Conditions

1. The start and finish point is Crickhowell Youth Centre, New Road, Crickhowell NP 8 1AW (GR 216185). PARKING is generally available at the youth centre for approx. 60-70 cars, with other parking facilities available in the vicinity. Please help us to maintain cordial relations with the local authority, traders and townspeople by respecting local parking regulations.
2. Doors open at 7am for registration. Entrants cannot start the walk before 8am, or after 9am.
Each entrant (including every member of a team or a family group must carry the following:
a) Map - OS map 1:25,000 Explorer OL13 or 1:50,000 Landranger 161
b) Clothing - full waterproofs (jacket & trousers), hat, gloves, boots or fell shoes
c) Equipment - Compass, torch, whistle, simple first-aid kit - We recommend that you also carry food and drink
4. All entrants will be given a wristband to wear at the start of the walk, which is used to register the entrant at each checkpoint.
5. Entrants MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE+ on the date of the walk and sign the entry form as declaration.
6. All retirees must retire AT A CHECKPOINT and surrender their wristband to a Brecon Mountain Rescue Team member.
7. All starters MUST CHECK IN AT THE FINISH BEFORE LEAVING FOR HOME. Failure to do so will cause the organisers undue work and worry in trying to verify your location and safety.
8. For the Standard and Endurance Routes, entrants who have not reached checkpoint 6 at Pentre by 16.00 WILL BE ASKED TO RETIRE.
9. In the event of adverse weather conditions, the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team at their sole discretion will decide on safety grounds whether the event can take place, and the organisers accept no liability in respect of any parties' losses or expenses in the event the walk is subsequently amended or cancelled. Where possible, we will endeavour to publish any available udpates prior to the walk on this website.
10. The 19 mile Ridge Route visits checkpoints 1,2,7,8 (no refreshments en route).
11. PLEASE NOTE: NO DOGS ALLOWED - it's the lambing season.

Checkpoints – Standard Route

Checkpoint Grid. ref ETA Checkpoint Grid. ref ETA
Start - Crickhowell 216 185 08:00 5. Mynydd Llangorse 157 261 14:15
1. Crug Mawr 262 226 09:30 6. Pentre (road junction) (R) 183 262 15:00
2. Waun Fach 215 299 11:30 7. Pen Allt-Mawr 206 243 16:30
3. Dragons Back Inn (R) 174 296 12:30 8. Table Mountain 225 206 17:30
4. Mynydd Troed 165 292 13:15 Finish - Crickhowell 216 185 18:00

(R) = Refreshment point (biscuits, cakes and squash and spare water)

The Talybont Trial

The Talybont Trial (“TT”) takes place in September from the small village of Talybont-on-Usk, this is a tough 20-mile hike through lesser-walked parts of the Brecon Beacons. At this time of year the autumnal colours can be lovely, though you may be too tired to appreciate them! There’s a shorter 10-mile option available as well.

Get in touch

Postal Address: Newport Outdoor Group 22 Garrick Drive Thornhill Cardiff CF14 9BG