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Walks in the Central Beacons

Walks in the Central Beacons

Central Brecon Beacons Walking routes

Walkers on path down to Storey Arms from Corn Du
Brecon Beacons

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.  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.


  • 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.


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