The Brecon 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.
Storey Arms to Pen y Fan
The Storey Arms 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, on a clear day, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.
Mynydd Illtud from the Visitor Centre
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.
The Beacons Circuit
The epic Beacons Circuit 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.
Pen y Fan and Cribyn from Cwm Gwdi
Climb the highest peaks in the Beacons by the back door by taking the lesser known Pen y Fan and Cribyn from Cwm Gwdi 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.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
The towpath from Brecon travels through beautiful Mid Wales scenery with views of farmland, woodland and mountains. The first stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, 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.