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Where to walk Brecon

Brecon is nestled in the foothills of the Central Beacons, and the town has views of Pen y Fan, the highest Mountain in the National Park at 886m above sea level. Find out more about the town here.

Here are some of the walks you can enjoy in the town itself and surrounding area.

The trail encourages you to express the corners of the town, streets, shops and the rivers of the town and gives a different view on the historic landmarks.  The Poetry trail takes approximately 1 hour and starts at Theatr Brycheiniog. 

Find out more about the route here.

This is an ideal walk for you if you’re visiting Brecon for a saunter around town and want to escape the shops. There’s nothing better than strolling along this riverside promenade to experience the river Usk in all its glory. This route is a grade 2 walk – a route with tarmac surface, some sections with slight gradients but no gates. There are plenty of seats along the way.  Find the route here.

Help Brownie find his horseshoes and find he is friends footprints on this family walk along the Mon and Brec Canal, starting from the Canal Basin.   Find the route here.

A 7km (4 mile) walk from Brecon Promenade, which follows the River Usk.

Find out about about the walk here.

The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, or Mon and Brec for short, is a true hidden gem. A haven for wildlife and a favourite with nature-lovers, walkers and cyclists.  Here are the walks you can do – find the routes here

Standing on the summit of a prominent hill above the Usk Valley, Pen-y-Crug is one of the most impressive hillforts in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with views of the town of Brecon and the surrounding mountain ranges.  Find the route here.

Walks from the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre, Libanus

Mynydd Illtyd Common in the Brecon Beacon. Crown Copyright Visit Wales


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.

Our Information Officers will be more than happy to give you more details on this and many other walks, just pop in and see us.

Walks in the Central 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.  Find out more about walking in Central Beacons here.

Longer walks from Brecon


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