Walks in the Central Beacons
Central Brecon Beacons Walking routes
The central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park is a 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, 873m, Pen y Fan 886m (the highest peak), Cribyn 795m and Fan y Big 719m form a long ridge which offers a superb horseshoe walk around the head of the Taf Fechan.
The other two summits, Bwlch y Ddwyallt 754m, and Waun Rydd 769m 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 the market town of Brecon.
- Brecon Beacons horseshoe ridge trail – find out more about the route here
- Cwm Llwch from Cwm Gwdi walk – find out more about the route here
- Pen y Fan and Corn Du Circular walk – find out more about the route here
- Cribyn by the Gap
- Llwyn on Resevoir circuit – find the route here
- Taf Fechan Forest – find the route here
- Craig Cerrig Gleisiad and Fan Frynych National Nature Reserve walks – find out more about the routes here.
- The National Park Visitor Centre is situated on the edge of Mynydd Illtyd Common, which offers fantastic opportunities for moderate terrain walking, taking in spectacular views of the Central Beacons. The most popular walk from the visitor centre is across the Common to the summit of Twyn Y Gaer, the site of an Iron Age hill fort site – find the route here. From this walk you can enjoy 360 degree views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.
Find other walking route for all areas of the National Park here.