About walking, hill walking and hiking in the Brecon Beacons National Park

We have masses of walking routes, areas and events to choose from. To discover more about our Park and learn useful skills, you could join an organised walk, or set out with a qualified walking guide.

What to do 

1. Tasters (for beginners)

The Brecon Beacons National Park has a fantastic range of walks suitable for all ages and abilities. This is why so many visitors come to the area.

If you’re new to hill walking, you could maximise your experience by booking a qualified walking guide. Using their local knowledge guides can choose a suitable hill walk or a more demanding mountain walk, planning the route to suit your preferences so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or missing places of interest.

Guides can take you off the beaten track to see breathtaking scenery and experience the real Brecon Beacons which you may not otherwise get the chance to visit. You can book a single day guided walk or a full weekend and combine a walk with other activities.

Or, you could join an organised walk. Check our Events listings for details.

2. Improvers (for returners and skills builders)

You may have enjoyed your guided mountain wilderness experience so much that you now want to take it to the next level. 

You could learn basic mountain skills such as map reading, using a compass and keeping yourself and others safe in what can be a harsh and dangerous environment. That way, the next time you will feel confident enough to go out alone or with friends and family and lead the way.

The Brecon Beacons National Park has numerous professional instructors and organisations who can offer tuition in mountain skills.

3. Independent experiences (for enthusiasts and experts)

Walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park is an excellent activity for independent adventurers. We have plenty of published routes that even young children can try. For wheelchair users and families with pushchairs, there are short, easier-access trails which allow you to get out in the fresh air in a safe and controlled way. Many starting points can be reached by bus.

For those looking for a more challenging experience, there’s a wealth of choice, from short mountain walks lasting a couple of hours to long-distance hikes such as the eight-day Beacons Way.

Where to go: eight fantastic walking destinations in the Brecon Beacons National Park

  1. Beacons Way
    The ultimate long-distance challenge in our National Park. Allow eight days to complete this inspiring, 95-mile hill walking route.

  2. Black Mountains
    Lovely rolling country walks in a beautiful and popular part of the park.

  3. Brinore Tramroad
    Wonderful walking in and above the Talybont Valley, discovering the area's industrial past along the way.

  4. Central Beacons
    Stretch your legs on the open hillsides of the highest range in southern Britain.

  5. Craig-y-Nos Country Park
    A relaxing, leafy starting point from which to explore the Tawe Valley.

  6. Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
    If you like to take it easy, our 33 miles of towpath could be just the thing, with pubs to visit along the way, riverside picnic spots near Brynich Lock and a wonderful visitor centre at Goytre Wharf.

  7. Taff Trail
    This rewarding long-distance trail enters our Park at Merthyr Tydfil and follows the Taf Fechan past Pontsticill Reservoir then crosses the Central Beacons to Brecon.

  8. Waterfall Country
    Steep paths lead through pretty woodland to deep gorges and plunging, atmospheric waterfalls on the rivers Mellte, Hepste and Nedd-Fechan.

How to get there

When planning a route, why not use the bus to get you to the start, back from the finish, or both? You can cover far more ground that way. The summer Beacons Bus service is designed with walkers in mind. Local services can also be helpful. If you do use your car, be sure not to leave any valuables in it when parking in the countryside. Sadly, vehicle crime is an ever-present problem.

Information

We've included details of many walking routes on this website. Our National Park Visitor Centres can provide additional maps, guides and information. Their expert staff will be glad to advise where to go for wonderful walks.

Be prepared, be responsible, stay safe

Help us to protect our National Park by taking care to cause minimal impact when walking.

Please stick to the paths and follow the Countryside Code.

For useful advice, visit our page on staying safe while walking.

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