Fresh Air Business Walk: Fan Dance Variation, Brecon Beacons, South Wales....
What is it? And is it for me?
Fresh Air Business Walking is a membership and pay-per-walk programme for business leaders and their guests seeking fresh air, fresh perspectives, and fresh conversations.
It's an opportunity to relax and draw energy and inspiration from stunning natural environments; a powerful alternative to indoor meetings; a more creative and engaging form of networking; and an opportunity to share and resolve major work challenges.
This particular walk will take us on a variation of the famous "Fan Dance". The standard route is from Storey Arms over Southern UK's highest mountain Pen y Fan (886m), skirting south around Cribyn, and then south along the "Roman Road" to Torpantau station. And then back again! Our route will cover most of the outward leg, but cut short at Neuadd Reservoir to cross over and up to Graig Fan Ddu, and thence to Storey Arms via the high level escarpment route along Craig Gwaun Taf. In good weather, the views are tremendous.
Where is the start/finish point? Where can I park? What about toilets?
We will be starting/finishing at the public car park on the opposite side of the A470 from the Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre, LD3 8NL. Car parking is free. There is a public toilet about 5 minutes into our walk.
Who is leading this event?
Your leader for this event is Dave Stewart, MD of The Fresh Air Learning Company. Dave has led at senior levels across private, public and not-for-profit sectors; and is also an experienced facilitator and coach. He is also a qualified and experienced Mountain Leader with outdoor first aid qualifications. Read more here.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
How fit do I need to be? How far are we walking?
This is a challenging walk in terms of distance (15kms/9.5 miles) and total ascent/descent (850m/2800'). The weather at this time of year may also offer additional challenge.
We will be walking at a pace which allows people to talk comfortably. There will be lots of stops to take in the incredible scenery around us. We will be ever mindful of the early onset of darkness at this time of year and may need to amend the route depending on group fitness/progress.
If you are in any doubt about your ability to undertake this walk, consult your GP and the organisers.
What clothing & equipment will I need?
Walking boots or sturdy footwear with good grip, and ideally ankle support. Wellies are not suitable.
Waterproof over-trousers and waterproof jacket. Let us know if you need help with these.
Spare warm layers for stops and "layering" as required.
Warm headgear and waterproof gloves (carry a spare pair also).
Your own snacks/packed lunch and water (1.5 litre minimum).
A flask with a hot drink is recommended.
Head torch. Let us know if you need help with sourcing one.
Walking poles are recommended. Let us know if you need help sourcing a pair.
Personal medication as required.
Note that we are able to provide participants with a 15% discount code for their sole use at Cotswold Outdoor, one of UK's leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailers. We will provide this once you sign up for the walk.
What about bad weather?
The walk will go ahead in all but the most extreme weather. The route may be modified to make the best of conditions. Your leaders are highly qualified and experienced outdoor leaders. You will be in safe hands.