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Brecon Beacons Walks,
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

The Brecon Beacons walks listed below cater for walkers of all abilities from easy low-level walks to the high mountain summits. All walks are free to download and print and many have GPS files. The walks reach all the major summits in the Brecon Beacons National Park.


Brecon Beacons West - Black Mountain Walks

The Black Mountain should not be confused with the Black Mountains, which lies in the east of the Brecon Beacons National Park, nor with a 703 metres (2,306 ft) summit in the Black Mountains that is confusingly also called Black Mountain. Summits of interest to walkers include Fan Brycheiniog, Picws Du and the summits of Fforest Fawr amongst others. Lower level walks include the waterfalls on the Afon Mellte.

3205Carnau Gwynion from Ystradfellte easy4.00
3559★☩Picws Du & Llyn y Fan Fach from near Llanddeusantmoderate5.30
3616★☩Fan Fawr from Storey Armsmoderate6.00
2641★☩Fan Fawr & Fan Frynych, Fforest Fawrmoderate6.50
3555★☩Carreg yr Ogof & Bannau Sir Gaer from Llanddeusantmoderate6.70
2646★☩Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawrmoderate7.00
3563★☩Fan Brycheiniog and Picws Dumoderate7.10
2645★☩Fan Gyhirych & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawrmoderate8.00
2648★☩The Black Mountain, Brecon Beaconsmoderate8.00
2643★☩Fan Frynych & Fan Llia, Fforest Fawrmoderate8.00
1283★☩Fan y Big from Torpantaumoderate8.50
3206Waterfalls Walk from near Ystradfelltemoderate9.20
2647★☩Fan Gyhirych, Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwythmoderate10.00
1672★☩Llyn-y-Fan-Fawr, Mynydd Ddu from Llanddeusant mod/hard12.00

Brecon Beacons Central - The Beacons Walks

The central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park is the most popular area for walking with dramatic north facing sandstone escarpments and lofty ridges. The area lies south of Brecon and north of Merthyr Tydfil. The Brecon Beacons include six main peaks - Corn Du, Pen y Fan (the highest peak), Cribyn and Fan y Big form a long ridge which offers a superb horseshoe walk around the head of the Taf Fechan. The other two summits, Bwlch y Ddwyallt, and Waun Rydd lie further east and see fewer walkers as access is harder and the scenery not so spectacular. The mountains are the great attraction, but lower level walks are also popular especially in the Usk Valley and near Brecon.

3210Pen-y-Crug hill fort from Breconeasy3.00
2400Pen y Fan from Cwmgwdi near Breconmoderate5.00
3546Pen y Bryn from Pencellimoderate5.00
1552Waun Rydd from Blaen y glyn easy/mod5.50
3209Llanfrynach and Pencelli circulareasy/mod5.60
3564Groesfford and M & B Canal from Breconeasy/mod6.20
1903★☩Pen y Fan & Corn Du from Cwmgwdimoderate7.50
1123★☩The Brecon Beacons from the Taf Fechan Forestmoderate8.50
3236Pen-y-crug, Sarnau and Battle from Breconmoderate10.00
2934★☩The High Peaks of the Brecon Beaconsmod/hard10.70
2074★☩Highest Peaks of the Brecon Beaconsmod/hard11.00
3536★☩Pen y Bryn & Carn Pica from Pencellimod/hard11.30

Brecon Beacons East - Black Mountains Walks

The Black Mountains are the hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire that extend across the England - Wales border into Herefordshire. The lie in the eastern sector of the Brecon Beacons National Park and should not be confused with Black Mountain in the west. The Black Mountains can be found between the towns of Abergavenny, Hay-on-Wye and the village of Llangors. The highest mountain in this area is Waun Fach. Other summits of interest to walkers include Black Mountain, Hay Bluff, Rhos Dirion and Twmpa. Other hills worth visiting include Crug Mawr and Pen Allt-mawr. Other summits include the Sugar Loaf and the Skirrid, Lower level walking is also available in this area in the Vale of Ewyas and the in the area near Abergavenny.

2670Ysgyryd Fawr (The Skirrid) near Abergavenny easy/mod3.50
1664The Sugar Loaf from near Abergavenny (short ascent)easy3.50
3717★☩Table Mountain from Crickhowelleasy/mod5.00
1512Iron Mountain Trail - 'Llwybr Mynydd Haearn' - Part 2easy/mod5.00
1271★☩The Sugar Loaf from near Abergavennymoderate6.00
1238★☩Hay Bluff & Twmpa, Black Mountainsmoderate6.00
2065★☩Waun Fach & Y Grib from Pengenfford (Castell Dinas)moderate6.50
3134The Llangatwg Escarpment from near Crickhowellmoderate6.50
3622★☩Llanthony Priory from Longtownmod/hard7.00
3435Keeper's Pond & Blorengeeasy/mod7.50
1415Iron Mountain Trail - 'Llwybr Mynydd Haearn' - Part 1easy/mod7.50
1106★☩Waun Fach from Castell Dinas, near Talgarthmod/hard7.50
2935Llanthony Priory from Capel-y-ffineasy/mod7.70
3342★☩The Hatterall Ridge from Llanthony Prioryvery hard10.00
1237Cwmyoy & Hatterrall Hill from Llanthony Priorymoderate10.00
3204★☩Hay Bluff & Twmpa from Capel-y-Ffinmoderate10.30
3203★☩Vale of Ewyas from Llanthony Abbeymoderate10.70

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