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Powys Walks
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Find Powys walks from the list below which features the best walking routes in the area. Most of routes are circular walks although there are a few linear hikes. The walks are listed from the shortest and easiest to the longest more challenging routes. The walks are divided into sub areas so you can find specific walks.

The Powys walks listed below cater for walkers of all abilities from easy low-level walks to more demanding long day walks in the hills and mountains. All walks are free to download and print and all routes have GPS files. The walks cover some sections of the Offa's Dtyke long distance path.


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
3616★☩Fan Fawr from Storey Armsmoderate6.00
2641★☩Fan Fawr & Fan Frynych, Fforest Fawrmoderate6.50
2646★☩Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawrmoderate7.00
3563★☩Fan Brycheiniog and Picws Dumoderate7.10
2643★☩Fan Frynych & Fan Llia, Fforest Fawrmoderate8.00
2645★☩Fan Gyhirych & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawrmoderate8.00
1283★☩Fan y Big from Torpantaumoderate8.50
3206Ystradfellte Waterfalls Walkmoderate9.20
2647★☩Fan Gyhirych, Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwythmoderate10.00

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
2349★☩Pen Y Fan & Corn Du from near Storey Armsmoderate4.60
2400Pen y Fan from Cwmgwdi near Breconmoderate5.00
3546Pen y Bryn from Pencellimoderate5.00
1552Waun Rydd 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★☩Brecon Beacons Horseshoemoderate8.50
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.

3717★☩Table Mountain from Crickhowelleasy/mod5.00
1238★☩Hay Bluff & Twmpa Circularmoderate6.00
2065★☩Waun Fach & Y Grib from Pengenffordmoderate6.50
3134The Llangatwg Escarpment from near Crickhowellmoderate6.50
1106★☩Waun Fachmod/hard7.50
3204★☩Hay Bluff & Twmpamoderate10.30

Powys North Walks

The northern part of Powys includes a variety of walking. The towns of Welshpool and Newtown are in this area. Other excellent walks can be found around Lake Vyrnwy and in the Berwyn mountains.

2814Corndon Hill from Priest Westoneasy1.50
3736Ffrydd Farm & Penshwa Lane from Newtown (Y Drenewydd)easy4.30
3735Newtown (Y Drenewydd) - Waterways & Towneasy5.30
3707Fachwen Pool from Newtown (Y Drenewydd)easy/mod6.00
1086Post Gwyn and Craig-y-Mwn from Pistyll Rhaeadrmoderate6.50
1876★☩Breidden Hill from Middletownmoderate6.50
3266The Dingle & Y Golfa from Welshpooleasy/mod6.60
2939Montgomery Canal & River Severn near Welshpool easy/mod7.00
3706Newtown (Y Drenewydd), Brimmin Wood & Kerrymoderate8.30
3102Bwlch Sych and Tynygarreg from Lake Vyrnwymoderate8.50
3708★☩Bwlch y ffridd & Fachwen Pool from Newtownmoderate9.00
3031Cadair Berwynmoderate9.25
3705Newtown (Y Drenewydd) & Bettws Cedewain Circularmod/hard10.10
3696Newtown (Y Drenewydd) & Gregynog Circularmod/hard10.30
1898Severn Valley from Llanidloesmoderate11.30
3053Berwyn Tops from Tan Y Pystyll moderate14.00

Powys Central Walks

The central part of Powys has much to offer walkers. The area includes the hills near Rhayader, Knighton, Kington and Builth Wells.

3253Warren Hill, Gors Lydan & Moelfre Hilleasy/mod6.00
3565★☩The Hergest Ridge from Gladestryeasy/mod6.10
3355Llandeilo Hill from Aberedw easy/mod6.20
2472Abbeycwmhir Circulareasy/mod7.20
3674Claerwen Valley & Dam from Dolymynach Reservoirmoderate7.40
3643★☩LLan-fawr & Lugg Valley from Whittonmoderate7.50
3023Great Rhos & the Radnor Forest from New Radnormoderate9.00

Cambrian Mountains Walks

The Cambrian Mountains offers walks across some wild terrain in an area that might have been a National Park. This area also includes the Elan Valley with its string of reservoirs.

2736Teifi Pools from near Strata Floridaeasy/mod6.20
2498Gorllwyn circuit, Elan Valleyeasy/mod6.75
3297Crugyn Ci, Esgair Perfedd & Penygarreg - Elan Valleymoderate7.50

Walks that start in adjacent counties / areas.

Walks that start in adjacent counties or areas but cross the boundary and include sections of the route within Powys.

WalkDescriptionStarts In
1672★☩Llyn-y-Fan-Fawr & Mynydd Ddu from Llanddeusant Carmarthenshire
3203★☩Vale of Ewyas from Llanthony AbbeyMonmouthshire
2935Llanthony Priory from Capel-y-ffinMonmouthshire
3285The Hergest Ridge and Huntington from KingtonHerefordshire
3300The Hergest Ridge from KingtonHerefordshire
1660Craswall Priory & Hay BluffHerefordshire

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Powys Guide

Powys is a large county in east and central Wales, bordering England. The county features a rugged landscape of valleys and mountains, including most of Brecon Beacons National Park. The valley lowlands contrast with the highlands which include the Radnor Forest, the Black and Berwyn mountains, and the Brecon Beacons. The Offa's Dyke long distance path crosses the county on the eastern border with England. The county offers a wide range of walking from gentle valley paths to adventurous mountain walks.

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