The South Wales Traverse                                South Wales

Originally known as the Brecon Beacons Traverse, this 24-hour challenge involves 72 miles and some 17000 feet of ascent.   It was launched in 1984 having been completed by Derek Fisher and Andy Lewsley the year before in 21-24.
It traverses 31 summits in the Carmathen Fan, Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains areas and may be completed in either direction.  The mountains selected are from the 2000 foot summit tables compiled by George Bridge in his book - The Mountains of England and Wales (see below).  Explorer maps EX012 Brecon Beacons: West and Centre and EX013 Brecon Beacons: East cover the route.


The route which starts and finishes at Stoops Bridge, Abbeysteads GR 563 543 must visit the 19 tops listed below.  This will involve some 42 miles and 6200' of climbing.  Use Explorer Map OL41 - Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale.


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Completions log and contact


The route should be completed in a West to East direction. If you complete the route in less than 24 hours you will be added to the Completions Log. Contact Martin Stone - email: .  The log is updated once a year. If you are aware of a sub-24 hour completion by anyone who is not on the list, please put them in touch with Martin.  If you break the male or female record, please send a schedule to Martin and if you break a record and have been on your own for any part of the route, please send Martin a GPX track to support your record.

Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


Links and Further Information

  • The South Wales Traverse - an account by Yiannis Tridimas of his 2009 run.

  • The Mountains of England and Wales, George Bridge (West Col Publications, 1973) – now out of print.


Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.



Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email:


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