Mountain rank by height: 53 out of 188
Height: 2,523ft | 769m
Region: Brecon Beacons
Grid ref: SO062206

If you’re doing the famous Horseshoe walk in the Brecon Beacons, and you’re doing it anti-clockwise and are prepared to detour right, then Waun Rydd will possibly be the first mountain you come to. You can, prior to Waun Rydd, drop down to Allt Lwyd – which we did – and this means you’ll do seven mountains instead of the more standard 5 or 6.

Waun Rydd
The narrow path towards the summit of Waun Rydd. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 35mm, f11.

On the approach to Waun Rydd you get some of the best views of the Beacons, looking over to Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du.

The Beacons
Anti-clockwise is the way to do the Horseshow in my humble opinion. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 35mm, f11.
The Beacons
The Beacons. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 70mm, f11.

You get good views back to Carn Pica and down to Talybont Reservoir and the pointed hill of Tor y Foel.

Waun Rydd
View towards Carn Pica. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 50mm, f11.
Carn Pica
Carn Pica. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 35mm, f11.

The summit is marked by a small rock pile, views are impressive in every direction, but the summit is not very dramatic.

Waun Rydd
Waun Rydd summit. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 35mm, f11.
Waun Rydd
Waun Rydd summit. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 35mm, f11.
Waun Rydd
Waun Rydd summit. | Minolta MD 35-70 @ 35mm, f11.