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Brecon Beacons Walks

With lakes, waterfalls, forests, country parks and numerous mountain climbs, the Brecon Beacons has something for walkers of all abilities. The area also includes the stunning Black Mountains with some of the best views in the country.
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In the spring walkers flock to the beautiful bluebell woods in Brecon Beacons. Click the 'Woodland' button below to see these.

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens1 miles (2 km)This lovely circular walk takes you around the pretty meadows surrounding Abergavenny Castle. You'll also enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Usk and a visit to the delightful Linda Vista Gardens. View Full Details>>
Beacons Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a lovely stroll around this pretty reservoir in the fantastic Brecon Beacons. The nearby mountains of Pen Y Fan and Corn Du make a simply stunning backdrop to the walk. The walk also includes woodland sections on the western side of the reservoir and several waterside sections. View Full Details>>
Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls2 miles (3 km)This walk visits a series of beautiful waterfalls on the River Caerfanell near Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. The walk starts from the Forestry Comission's Upper Blaen-y-Glyn car park and takes you to Lower Blaen-y-Gly. You'll pass along woodland paths with several pretty falls to enjoy. There is also a picnic area. View Full Details>>
Blorenge7 miles (12 km)This challenging walk takes you around this prominent hill in the southeastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The hill is located near Abergavenny and rises to a height of 561m (1,841ft). View Full Details>>
Brecon4 miles (6.7 km)This circular walk from the town of Brecon takes you along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the River Usk. There's nice easy waterside footpaths with fine views of the countryside surrounding the town. View Full Details>>
Brecon Beacons Way98 miles (158 km)Follow the Beacons Way through the centre of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. The walk begins at Abergavenny and follows the trail through the park to Llangadog. On the way you will pass some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK with marvellous views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Skirrid Fawr, Llanthony Priory, The Black Mountains, Talybont Reservoir, Table Mountain and Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain. View Full Details>>
Carreg Cennen Castle2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this spectacularly positioned ruined castle in Carmarthenshire. The castle sits on an elevated limestoneprecipice with fabulous views over the lovely Brecon Beacons countryside. There are a series of good footpaths taking you around the grounds and an invigorating climb up to the castle itself. The castle includes a natural cave which leads deep into the hillside, six towers, a great twin-towered gatehouse and the fascinating King's Chamber dating from the 13th/14th century. View Full Details>>
Craig-y-Nos Country Park2 miles (3.6 km)This delightful 40-acre Victorian garden is perfect for a peaceful stroll. There are well laid out walking paths taking you through woodlands, meadows, wide lawns and along the River Tawe which runs through the park. View Full Details>>
Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad a Fan Frynych3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a walk through this spectacular glacial National Nature Reserve and climb to the summit of Fan Frynych on this challenging walk in the Brecon Beacons. The reserve can be easily accessed from a lay-by on the A470 from which the walk starts. Soon you will be exploring this wonderful natural amphitheatrewith imposing craggy cliffs created during the Ice Age, 20000 years ago. The reserve contains rare arctic-alpine plants such as purple saxifrage and mossy saxifrage. There is also an abundance of wildlife to look out for including Peregrine falcons, merlin, red kite and a variety of butterflies. The area also contains woodland, streams and an Iron Age Hillfort. From the 629m (2,064ft) summit of Fan Frynych there are splendid views over the national park. View Full Details>>
Crickhowell Canal Walk6 miles (9 km)A waterside walk along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Crickhowell to Llangynidr. View Full Details>>
Crickhowell River Walk3 miles (5 km)A short stroll along the River Usk in the town of Crickhowell (Crug Hywel) in the Brecon Beacons. View Full Details>>
Dragons Back7 miles (11.5 km)Climb the Dragons Back on this challenging circular walk in the Black Mountains, Wales. The route runs for just over 7 miles and includes a visit to the highest point of the Black Mountains at Waun Fach. The views along the ridge are breathtaking in all directions. View Full Details>>
Fan Gyhirych1 miles (2 km)This walk climbs to the 2379 feet (or 725 m) summit of Fan Gyhirych mountain in the Fforest Fawrsection of the Brecon Beacons National Park View Full Details>>
Fan Y Big and the Cribyn7 miles (12 km)This walk makes use of the Brecon Beacons Way to take you to Fan Y Big and Cribyn mountains from the Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls. You start off in the Blaen y Glyn car park and climb to the 719m (2,359ft) summit of Fan Y Big. This section passes along the spectacular Craig Fan Ddu with wonderful views towards Fan Y Big. From the Fan Y Big summit you continue west along Craig Cwm Cymwyn to the 795m (2,608ft) summit of Cribyn. You can extend the walk by continuing west to the summit of Pen Y Fan. View Full Details>>
Four Waterfalls Walk5 miles (8 km)This is a specatacular walk visiting four beautiful waterfalls near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons. It is one of the best waterfall walks in Britain with delightful woodland gorges, riverside trails along the Afon Mellte and a series of roaring waterfalls. View Full Details>>
Grwyne Fawr Reservoir5 miles (8 km)This is a lovely waterside walk along the Grwyne Fawr to Grwyne Fawr Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. You can start your walk from the Mynydd Du car park and follow the trails north to the reservoir. The rushing waters and the beautiful scenery of the Vale of Grwyney are a real delight. The route climbs to a height of over 1800ft so is quite challenging. You are rewarded with splendid views over the surrounding hillls of the Black Mountains. View Full Details>>
Hay Bluff1 miles (1.5 km)This is a popular climb to Hay Bluff hill in the Black Mountains. The hill straddles the border of Wales and England. Most of the area lies within Powys with the eastern flanks in Herefordshire. From the summit there are wonderful views over the Wye Valleyand the Welsh Mountains. View Full Details>>
Hay on Wye10 miles (16 km)This circuit around Hay on Wye takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park on the Offa's Dyke Path. It then climbs to the magnificent viewpoint of Hay Bluff, a few miles to the south of the town. View Full Details>>
Henrhyd Falls3 miles (5 km)Visit the spectacular Henrhyd Falls on this splendid walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The falls are the highest in South Wales at 90 feet (27m). View Full Details>>
Llangorse Lake4 miles (6 km)Follow good footpaths around the western side of this beautiful lake in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Llangorse is the largest natural lake in Wales and a must see of the region. It is located near to the town ofBreconand the village ofLlangors. View Full Details>>
Llyn Cwm Llwch3 miles (5 km)Llyn Cwm Llwch is the best preserved glacial lake in South Wales. There are many legends about the lake and the fairies that live on an invisible island in the lake. View Full Details>>
Llyn y Fan Fach5 miles (8 km)This is a super waterside walk through a particularly beautiful section of the Brecon Beacons. The walk starts at a parking area north of the lake and takes you along theAfon Sawddle to the lovely Llyn y Fan Fach. It's a good track that climbs steadily towards the lake where you will first reach the Dam before climbing to Bannau Sir Gaer on the western side of the water. From here there a truly wonderful views over the lake and surrounding mountains. View Full Details>>
Lord Hereford's Knob (Twmpa)1 miles (2 km)This is a short climb to Lord Hereford's Knob or Twmpa in the Black Mountains. The scenery is stunning with magnificent views over the Brecon Beacons National Park on one side and the Herefordshire countryside on the other. View Full Details>>
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal37 miles (60 km)Follow the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Brecon to Newport on this super waterside walking and cycling route. Walkers can enjoy the whole route along canal towpaths while cyclists can follow National Cycle Network routes 4, 47 and 49 from Newport to Pontypool. The cycle path is wide and well surfaced so it's a lovely, safe ride. The cycle section runs for about 12 miles. View Full Details>>
Mynydd Du Forest8 miles (13 km)This large area of woodland in the Black Mountains has miles of forest tracks suitable for walking and mountain biking. The waters of the Grwyne Fawr run through the woods so there is the option of a waterside walk to the nearby Grwyne Fawr Reservoir along the river. You can start your exercise from the Mynydd Du car park at the northern end of the woods, a few miles west of Llanthony. It's situated in a nice spot at the end of a country lane just next to the river. From here you can pick up the forest trails through the western side of the woods before crossing the river at Pont Cadgwan and returning on the eastern side of the river. There's lots of attractive trees and plants and some steep climbs with great views of the surrounding hills. The riverside sections are lovely too with lots of pretty waterfalls to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Mynydd Illtud Common2 miles (3 km)Starting at the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre, enjoy a stroll across the pretty Mynydd Illtud Common on this easy circular walk View Full Details>>
Neath Waterfalls Walk9 miles (15 km)This long circular walk explores the rivers and waterfalls in the Vale of Neath, also known as 'Waterfall Country'. It's a spectacularly beautiful area with a huge number of waterfalls to see. The falls are of varying size with some of them allowing you to walk behind them for a really special experience. View Full Details>>
Pen Y Fan5 miles (8 km)Climb the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain on this stunning walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. View Full Details>>
Pen y Fan Horseshoe Walk8 miles (12.6 km)This fantastic horseshoe ridge walk visits Pen Y Fan, Corn Du and the Cribyn in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It's a challenging hike but you will be rewarded with some simply stunning views over the surrounding peaks and reservoirs. View Full Details>>
Pontsticill Reservoir7 miles (10.5 km)This circular walk takes you around the beautiful Pontsticill Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The reservoir is located a few miles north of Merthyr Tydfil on the Taff Trail. You can catch the splendid Brecon Mountain Railway to Pontsticill station next to the reservoir. The railway runs from Pant near Merthyr Tydfil along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons. View Full Details>>
Radnor Forest Ride62 miles (100 km)A shared walking and cycle path that runs from Llanfair Waterdine on the English-Welsh border to the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre. View Full Details>>
Sgwd Yr Eira Walk7 miles (11.2 km)This walk visits the beautiful Sgwd Yr Eira waterfall from Pontneddfechanin the heart of Waterfall Country. It's about a 2.5 mile walk to the falls from the village, passing through woodland on a series of footpaths with some moderate climbs on the way. View Full Details>>
Skirrid Fawr9 miles (14.5 km)Climb this 486m (1594 feet) mountain in the Brecon Beacons on this challenging walk. Skirrid Fawr (or Ysgyryd Fawr) forms part of the Black Mountains range. View Full Details>>
Sugarloaf Mountain5 miles (8 km)Climb to the summit of this iconic mountain on this challenging walk in Monmouthshire, Wales. Sugarloaf is part of the Black Mountains range and stands at a height of 1,955 feet (596metres). View Full Details>>
Table Mountain4 miles (6 km)Enjoy wonderful views over the Brecon Beacons on this moderate climb to the 451m peakof Table Mountain (Crug Hywel). The walk starts from the pretty town of Crickhowell with its ruined Norman castle and 18th century 13-arched bridge across the river Usk. You then follow the Table Mountain footpath which starts at the northern end of the town. It passes through fields and woodland to the unusual flat top of the mountain. At the top you will find an Iron Age Hill Fort and wonderful views in all directions. View Full Details>>
Taf Fechan Forest6 miles (9 km)Enjoy a series of beautiful waterfalls and delightful woodland trails on this walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. View Full Details>>
Taff Trail55 miles (88 km)Follow the River Taff, from Cardiff to Brecon, on this fantastic waterside cycling and walking route. View Full Details>>
Talybont Reservoir6 miles (10 km)This circular cycling and walking route takes you around the lovely Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route makes use of National Cycle Route 8 and the Taff Trail to take you around the 318 acres (1.29km2) reservoir. View Full Details>>
Usk Reservoir5 miles (8 km)Follow the circular cycling and walking trail around the beautiful Usk Reservoir on this route in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route begins at the car park next to the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir. It follows good compacted-stone forestry tracks and tarmac roads alongside the waters edge and through the surrounding woodland of the Glasfynydd Forest. There are also splendid views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Look out for wildlife around the reservoir including Red Kites. View Full Details>>
Usk Valley Walk48 miles (77 km)This super waterside walk follows the River Usk, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the Brecon and Newport Canal from Caerleon to Brecon. The walk passes through Abergavenny and Usk and is enclosed by beautiful hills for the whole of its length. There are also splendid views of the Brecon Beacon mountains, particularly towards the end of the walk. The route is relativley flat as much of it takes place alongside the river or the canals, so there are only a few notable climbs. View Full Details>>
Waun Fach7 miles (12 km)Climb to the highest mountain in the Black Mountains on this challenging walk in the Brecon Beacons. The walk starts from Castell Dinas just of the A479. This Iron Age hillfort has the highest castle in England and Wales. There is also a car park which makes a good start point for the climb to Waun Fach. From here you follow bridleways past Rhyd-y-car farm before turning south past a series of cairns. The final section turns east to take you to the 811 m (2,661 ft) summit. Here you can enjoy views over the Brecon Beacons including Rhos Fawrand theRadnor Forest.You may also see some wild ponies wandering around the area. View Full Details>>

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