Top dog walks in the Brecon Beacons
We are delighted to share Tracy Purnell top dog walks in the Brecon Beacons. Tracy is a Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador and just loves to be outside! What ever the weather, what ever the terrain and no matter how she’s feeling. Whether its up a mountain, in the depths of a forestry, walking around reservoirs and lakes, with her dogs. In December 2016 she was accepted by Ordnance Survey as one of their Getoutside Champions and regular posts content for them.
Here are her recommendations:
- Gareg Llwyd and Careg yr Ogof walk
- Cribarth walk
- Dragons Back walk
- Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr Circular walk
Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr Circular walk
Length 9.5 miles
Duration 4 hours 30 m
Parking Free parking at Llyn y Fan Fach Car park, Llangadog, Llanddeusant SA19 9UN
The Western Beacons also known as the Carmarthenshire Fans or the Black Mountain Range (not to be confused with the Black Mountains to the east of the national park) has to be the most remote area of the whole of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Fan Brycheiniog (a peak which stands at 802.5 metres) is the highest point in the Black Mountain Range and is marked by an OS triangulation pillar. This route is a scenic low level and high level ridge way walk, which also passes by Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn Y Fan Fawr, two beautiful lakes surrounded by amphitheatre like escarpments.
Distance – 6 miles
Difficulty – Moderate
Parking – Dan yr Ogof Showcaves SA9 1GJ
Cribarth (also known as the sleeping giant due to its shape as viewed from below), is a hill in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Standing at 428 metres it is marked with an Ordnance Survey trig point. The views on this walk are spectacular, from the outlines of the Black Mountain range to the far reaching views of the upper Swansea valley. On a clear day the landscape will certainly reward you with an array of natural scenery. The rocky slopes are an interesting feature of this area and tell a story of quarrying that took place in years gone by. The bronze age burial cairns which are present at the high points of this interesting diverse landscape show the rich history that is present on this walk.
Gareg Llwyd and Careg yr Ogof walk
Parking There is free parking at Herbert’s Quarry car park on the A4069 Mountain Road (SN7325 1878).
Gareg Llwyd and Careg yr Ogof Ordnance Survey Triangulation Pillars can be found on the Beacons Way long distance footpath at the western area of the park, within the Black Mountain Range (Mynydd Du). They both have breathtaking views on a clear day. This walk is 10 miles and should take an average of 4 to 5 hours including short stops.
Dragons Back Circular walk
Length 7.5 miles
Duration 3 hours 30 m
Parking Car park LD3 0EP, Pengenffordd.
Small Parking charge paid to honesty box on arrival.
The Dragons Back walk starts in the small village of Pengenffordd within the Brecon Beacons National Park. It boasts fantastic views of the surrounding country side and the beautiful Black Mountains. The first ascent of the walk takes you over the ups and downs of the ‘Dragons Back’, aptly named due to its shapely mounds that resemble a sleeping dragon. This route includes the highest point of the Black Mountains, Waun Fach, which translates from Welsh as small moor. Standing at 811 metres it is the second highest mountain in southern Britain. This area has grazing livestock and wild ponies roam the hills. Please keep dogs on leads throughout this walk to ensure safety.