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The Story of Bwlch with Altitude Challenge 2016

On 4th June 2016 Bwlch and Llangorse came alive with explorers visiting from all over the UK to take part in #BwlchAlitude 2016 Challenge.

in at our challenge today – prizes, food, live music in New Inn Pub after. Starts at 10am!!

The village hall opened it’s doors to fuel the explorers with tea and toast before the challenged commenced – and of course had cake ready for when they returned triumphant!

Everyone completed the challenge – some raced it to the finish line to be in with a chance of some amazing prizes donated by local businesses, and others took their time and popped into the local shops and cafes along the route.

A massive thank you to everyone involved who volunteered their time, offered prizes for the explorers and shared details about the event:

The Star Bunkhouse, The New Inn, Bwlch, Glanpant, Farm Shop at The Welsh Venison Centre, Lakeside Caravan and Camping Park, Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages, Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd, Latte-da, Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, Velotrek LtdSingle Malt TeapotCrickhowell Adventure store, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Winnie’s Hayloft, Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, The Old Stable – Brecon Beacons & Crickhowell Walking Festival.

We are already planning #BwlchAltitiude 2017 – if you would like to be involved get in touch with us via email at [email protected]

Photos by Vic Phillips

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An extraordinary sight met anyone on or around Llangorse Lake as a group of marauding Vikings in full gear were sailing a thirty foot longship; flying across the water under the famous square, stripy sail.  The longship was bought up from Kent on a trailer and launched.

The Vikings were from the early mediaeval Re-enactor Group “Regia Anglorum”  (http://regia.org/) and included members from South Wales.  The re-enactment group were invited by Dr Adrian Humpage and Garnet Davies -members of the local community group Discover Llangorse and Bwlch- as part of their ongoing plans to celebrate the history of the Crannog on Llangorse Lake.  The Crannog, a man-made, medieval, island fortress, was attacked in AD916 by an army of Mercians.

The Vikings launched an attack on the Crannog in celebration of the original attack 1,100 years ago, but the modern day group proved a polite bunch, returning each others arrows, lending each other shields and posing for photos with the bemused but excited onlookers.

Watch out for a return visit later this year.