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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.

Discover Llangorse & Bwlch highly commended in National Park Awards

National Awards highly commend local Volunteer group

The Discover Llangorse and Bwlch Alliance group were recently highly commended in the group category of the 2015 National Park Volunteer Awards. The awards are presented to individuals, projects, and groups that have gone above and beyond the expectations of volunteers. Each year thousands of hours are given by volunteers throughout  National Parks across the UK and the Volunteer Awards are a way of saying “thank you”.

The Alliance group was formed when the two communities of Llangorse and Bwlch – two villages within the boundaries of Brecon Beacons National Park, decided to join together to encourage visits to the area which include Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales and the castles, ancient Iron Age forts and standing stones of Bwlch. Another of the group’s aims is to educate visitors on how best to enjoy and help protect the area through new signage and a new website. Achievements that were recognised by the Awards include developing a 12-mile walking route that links the two communities, and organising stargazing evenings that capitalise on the Brecon Beacons’ Dark Skies status.

Norman Lowe, Chair of the Discover Llangorse and Bwlch Alliance group:
“ Our volunteers and community have worked  incredibly hard to promote this area and we are pleased that this work has been recognised with this National commendation.  We look forward to even more visitors coming in 2016 to experience the wide variety of attractions the area has to offer, including our Awesome Walks and the Dark Skies events.”

Member Champion for Business and Communities at the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Councillor Gareth Ratcliffe added:
“ Llangorse and Bwlch are just two of the beautiful places to visit within the Brecon Beacons National Park and the work which this group has done to promote how special these places are is outstanding. Congratulations to all involved, this recognition is well deserved.”

Bwlch With Altitude Challenge – Teams rise to the occasion!

Bwlch Winners 2013

Whilst many of us enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning stroll after a long week at work, spare a thought for those hardy souls who took part in the recent Bwlch With Altitude Challenge.

Setting off at equidistant but opposite sides of Llangorse lake, our 17 teams of 4 people – not forgetting Geli the dog started their 12 mile walk around the lake from Bwlch and Llangorse respectively, seeking out clues and answers to a number of questions set as part of the challenge’s photographic quiz.

Whilst there was, undoubtedly, some tired and aching feet at the end of the journey, the breathtaking views and glorious sunshine made it all worthwhile.  And if any further motivation was required, cheques to the sum of £100 awaited the two winning teams to donate to a charity of their choice.

First to cross the line from Bwlch were ‘Last year’s winners’ – yes they really are called ‘Last year’s winners’  – confusing I know.  So this year’s winners were, Robert Davies, Nicky Williams, Kerry Graeves, Wendy Wakelin and Geli the dog.  They will be donating their winning cheque of £100 to Abergavenny Alzeimers group.

The winning team from Llangorse, the ‘Whatevers’ made of up George Cochrane, Karla Lohuis, Ioan Manson and Bryn Wright arrived back for an early tea at 3.30pm.  They kindly donated £50 to Motor Neurone Disease and £50 to Cancer Research.

Returning at a more leisurely pace, no doubt pausing to enjoy the views along the way, the final team arrived back at 7.30pm.  All those taking part in the challenge were treated to some tasty food and drink upon completing the walk.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Member Champion for Visitor Centres, Carys Howell said, “A lot of effort goes into organising events such as this – one of many Rural Alliances initiatives in partnership with the National Park Authority aimed at bringing people and communities together to enjoy the wonderful landscape.  Aside from the obvious health benefits of the Bwlch With Altitude Challenge – those taking part also get to learn about the area in a way that is both informative and fun.  It’s fitting also that this community event, now in its fifth year provides much needed support for meaningful charities.”