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Brecon Beacons/Bannau Brycheiniog Walks
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Find Brecon Beacons/Bannau Brycheiniog 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 walks cater for walkers of all abilities from easy low-level walks to the high mountain summits. The walks reach all the major summits including Pen-y-Fan the highest point in the National Park. All walks are free to download and print and many have GPX files.


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
2194Mynydd y Llan & source of the Uskeasy/mod6.70
2646★☩Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawrmoderate7.00
3563★☩Fan Brycheiniog and Picws Dumoderate7.10
2648★☩The Black Mountain, Brecon Beaconsmoderate8.00
2645★☩Fan Gyhirych & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawrmoderate8.00
2643★☩Fan Frynych & Fan Llia, Fforest Fawrmoderate8.00
1283★☩Fan y Big from Torpantaumoderate8.50
3206Ystradfellte Waterfalls Walkmoderate9.20
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
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 from Blaen y glyneasy/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 Horseshoe from 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 Abergavennyeasy3.50
3717★☩Table Mountain from Crickhowelleasy/mod5.00
1512Iron Mountain Trail - 'Llwybr Mynydd Haearn' - Part 2easy/mod5.00
1271★☩Sugar Loaf circular from near Abergavennymoderate6.00
1238★☩Hay Bluff & Twmpa Circularmoderate6.00
2065★☩Waun Fach & Y Grib from Pengenffordmoderate6.50
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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Brecon Beacons/Bannau Rycheiniog Guide

Walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Bannau Brycheiniog) covers a wide area in South Wales. The high summits of the Beacons themselves tell only part the story as, like most National Parks, there is a varied range of scenery to be enjoyed within its boundaries.
Brecon Beacons Walking Guide

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