Gwent hospice fund raisers have headlamps ready for the darkest event of the year

HAVE you got your head lamps and glow sticks ready for the most mystical walk of the year?

St David’s Hospice Care is staging its Moonlight Walk up and back down the highest mountain in southern Britain, Pen Y Fan, in the Brecon Beacons.

The family-friendly night time charity fund raising walk up the 2,907 ft tall mountain, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons, is being held on the evening of Friday, July 2.

The event is sponsored by Newport-based Parker & Co accountants and business advisors a proactive accountancy practice with offices in Newport and Cwmbran whose strap line  aptly is “Adventure in business”

Mountaineer and global adventurer Gary Parker, who has lead expeditions throughout the world said: ” The Moonlight Walk at Pen Y Fan underlines Parker & Co’s ethos of Adventure in Business. Business is an adventure – enjoy it .

“The Moonlight Walk, which offers unrivalled summer’s evening views of the moon and night time countryside in the Brecon Beacons, is awesome.

“It’s a brilliant family challenge which helps introduce the young and not so young to the excitement and mystery of the great Welsh outdoors at night.”

The route up and back down the mountain is clearly marked and manned by Brecon Mountain Rescue who manage the walk on the night.

Kris Broome, of St David’s Hospice Care, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to put the Moonlight  Walk on as it has proved to be a very popular event in the past which ticks all the boxes for entrants in terms of fun, excitement, exercise and the pure joy of being out in the gorgeous Brecon Beacons at night in the summer.

“Parker & Co are brilliant supporters of the hospice and we’re delighted they are involved with us again in this popular outdoor experience.”

Kris said the original date for the walk had to be altered due to the pandemic. All those registered for the original event will be contacted by email and automatically entered into the new date.

The walk starts at Pont ar daf car park (Grid Ref 988199, Postcode LD3 8NL), on the A470 between Brecon & Merthyr Tydfil.

The distance is 6km (3.7 miles) and takes roughly 2.5 hours on average.

Registration from 6:30pm*; free glow sticks for all participants

Begin ascent of Pen Y Fan between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.  Sunset is at 21:30

The walk includes the option of climbing to the summit of Corn Du on the ascent.

Families welcome; under 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and parental consent must be given.

“Moonlight Walk” certificates are issued at the end of the walk. Moonlight Walk T shirts are available to buy on the night. Entry fee £15 per person; £5 for under 16’s.

Participants are also asked to give a further donation, or to gain sponsorship to support the vital work of St David’s Hospice Care in the community.

Sponsorship forms and kit list available to download below.

For registration or more information, please contact:

Kit list: Guidance from Brecon Mountain Rescue Kit for Moonlight Walk Essential kit for each participant is: • walking boots or suitable trainers with good soles • waterproof jacket • spare warm clothing • hat & gloves • head or bright hand torch with adequate battery life (not phone torches) Recommended kit for each group is: • a rucksack • food & drink for group • a charged phone • Central Beacons map (1:50k or 1:25k) • a compass • a whistle

The National Trust is responsible for maintaining all the mountain footpaths; a payment of £1 per person taking part in this event will be made to the National Trust

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