Five great places to walk in the Brecon Beacons The Central Beacons may be the highest mountains in southern Britain, but they have paths that anyone can tackle. With rounded contours and wild, open scenery, these are inspiring landscapes to explore. A Storey Arms to Pen y Fan Pen y Fan and Corn Du, Brecon Beacons This classic route takes you right to the top of the highest peak in the Beacon Beacons. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? The good news is that it’s a moderate, four mile circular walk that anyone of average fitness can tackle. Just before the final ascent, there are wonderful views down over the Neuadd Valley. From the summit, you might catch a glimpse of Cadair Idris. B Mynydd Illtud from Visitor Centre Mynydd Illtud, Brecon Beacons by Paula J James North of the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre at Libanus, the landscape opens out into a grassy common, clad with bracken and gorse. Red kites and other raptors often soar overhead and you may also see butterflies, wheatears and larks. Several easy footpaths crisscross the common, making this a satisfying place to stroll for an hour or two. C The Beacons Circuit Walking at Upper Neuadd reservoir, Brecon Beacons This epic 11 mile circular walk takes in all the main summits and ridges of the Central Beacons. From Storey Arms, stride up to Corn Du (873m), continue to Pen y Fan (886m) and on to Cribyn (795m). Then descend via the Neuadd Reservoirs. Expect big skies when you’re up on the peaks and a real sense of achievement at the end. D Pen y Fan Corn Du and Cribyn Cribyn, viewed from Pen-y-Fan, Brecon Beacons by Paula J James Climb the highest peaks in the Beacons by the back door by taking the little known route from the north, and you’ll see these much loved mountains in a different light. On the way up, there are great views of Cwm llwch, a textbook example of a glacial cirque. The round trip of 7.5 miles is likely to take you three or four hours. E Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, Talybont, Brecon by Paula J James The towpath from Brecon travels through beautiful Mid Wales scenery with views of farmland, woodland and mountains. The first stretch, from Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog, is a pleasant, pushchair friendly stroll with interpretation boards and a picnic area. If you keep going, 35 miles later you’ll reach the end of the canal at Pontymoile Basin. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wild adventures in Wales Preseli Venture owner Sophie Hurst explores a range of options for wild adventures in Wales. Discover scenic Dingestow Explore the Monmouthshire countryside on foot, horse or mountain bike for a great family day out. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. Tranquil canal walk Follow this stretch of The Severn Way and discover the history of a working canal and river. Regional walks Discover your own perfect walk in one of the 4 corners of Wales. Marc Evans’ Wales The director of Visit Wales’ TV advertising campaigns tells us what’s special about Wales.