Level Best – Walks without Hills.
By Miriam Griffiths
Do you love being out on foot in the Brecon Beacons National Park but don’t “do” hills? Looking for a walk on the flat but not on the road? Is it possible to walk in the Park and enjoy a variety of scenery and views without negotiating hills, if that is your inclination?
Here are a few ideas for level or gently undulating walks within the National Park, involving the minimum of tarmac and chosen to offer a variety of landscapes. (These walks are not suggested as disabled or easy access routes; the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has a booklet on ‘Places to Visit with Easier Access’, which is available from its Information Centres).
Detailed route descriptions are not given here. Some of the walks are at low altitudes and these may not need map-reading skills apart, perhaps, from the ability to find a grid reference in order to locate the start or a key point on the route. Others are level walks across more exposed, remote or high areas that are subject to hill weather conditions: they’ll need suitable clothing, an awareness of changeable weather according to season and, in one or two cases, basic map reading skills. Some of the walks may involve quite rough or uneven ground in places, or stretches of boggy terrain. Unless otherwise indicated, it’s possible to park a car, responsibly, at the start points of these walks, although mention of car parking possibilities does not indicate that these are all proven secure, safe spots to leave your car.