‘The Beast Bach’.
A smaller route for those just wanting a taster of it’s bigger brother, but is by no means a doddle!! This 11mile/17.7km route starts two hours later than the main beast at 12.30pm, and has approx 1,700ft/540metres of uphill!
The route shares the same start as the main ‘Preseli Beast’ and follows it for approximately 5km to the top of the first biggish hill mostly on a good trail surface.
The route then splits from the main ‘Beast’ and heads down the other side of the Preselis on grassy fell where there is a fantastic view towards Carn Ingli and the sea above Newport Pembs (If the weather allows, and that you have time to look!) At the bottom of the hill there’ll be a checkpoint and water aid station. At this point it meets the returning Beast route, and from here there’ll be an unusual route following a small path(or sheep trod to us mountain goats) to the bottom of rather a big hill! And as the song by ‘Yazz and the plastic population’ goes, ‘The only way is up’, is the route to take!! Top this one and you’ve nearly cracked it. There’s lovely views again from here, and also from the next top a short distance away which is the highest point in the Preselis at just over 1760 ft/536m. From here it’s nearly all downhill on grassy fell. Beware of the ‘Beasts Bog’ halfway down though!! It could be lurking under the surface and could capture the weary legged!! You have been warned!!
A mile or so from the finish a lovely path goes through a small forest which I’ve named as the ‘Beasts lair!’ Stay on the boardwalk through here or you could be knee deep in bog! The final quarter of a mile is back through the small village of Maenclochog back to the community hall where you can receive your due rewards! Nowt like tea and cake after a good run out. Happy days! If you complete this one then maybe next year you’ll come back stronger to conquer the big one!
Have a look at the route and some photos here.