Access between Loonies’ Leap and Pontneddfechan Community Centre: Update & Alternative Access

Further to our recent messages, it appears that the gating-off of the access lane from Pontneddfechan Community Centre to the Gunpowder Works and Loonies’ Leap is almost complete (see photograph). Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is liaising with the landowner to try to maintain access (and is still seeking documentary evidence of historical usage to … Read more

Porth yr Ogof Clean-up 5 Oct

From Emyr Rees, SWOAPG Chair:

“Thanks to all that helped out on the PYO clean up day, we got loads of jobs done there and we really have done some great work to make the PYO area more sustainable. 

“Job 1, we dug a rain relief ditch above the car park this should help stop rain running down the road and entering the cave via letter box aven.
“Job 2, on the footpath from the car park to the resurgence we helped fell some trees and put the felled branches over parts of the path we would like providers to stop using in order to help sustain the path. Please see pictures and if the branches are blocking the path you usually use then please stop using them and stay on the path BBNPA have designated.
“Job 3, the stiles near the entrance of the cave have been removed as they were believed to be non-essential.
“Job 4, trees and other storm debris was removed from river-right side of the entrance flow so that work can be done on the emergency cave exit on that side of the river. This will also prevent that debris from eventually entering the cave.
“Please be aware that the emergency exit on river right is still not to be used as lots of the rock and mud are extremely unstable. BBNPA are hoping to do work on this in the future.

“I hope that the work we have done makes the cave environment better for all and if you  have any questions about the work we have done and why then please email me:

“Thanks again to all who helped out. “

Access to Loonies’ Leap / Gunpowder Works: documentary evidence required!

Further to our recent message about the possible closure of the private access road from Pontneddfechan Community Centre towards Loonies’ Leap and the Gunpowder Works, we are working with BBNPA to provide documented evidence of continued, historical access along this route since the mid-1990s. The section of the route we are interested in is from … Read more