Guidance for Walks

All our Guided Walks are carefully graded to ensure that you know what level of difficulty you may encounter. If you are not used to hill walking, then we recommend that you try and start on a Moderate Walk, so you can gauge your level of fitness and ability against our grading system, which is necessarily somewhat subjective. If in doubt, please contact the Walk Leader.

Grades

Strenuous walks

Require fitness and stamina to cope with several steep climbs and/or cover a good distance at a steady pace.

Energetic walks

Generally involve two steep climbs, but they will require determined application.

Moderate walks

Will seldom have steep climbs, but if they do, the climb will be taken at a relaxed pace.

MOST OF OUR WALKS ARE FOR EXPERIENCED WALKERS – IF YOU’RE NOT SURE OF YOUR ABILITY WHY NOT START OFF WITH A MODERATE WALK TO FIND OUT?

Essentials

Most of our walks go into the hills. Participants are reminded that the following gear must be taken:

  • walking boots (3 season for winter)
  • rucksack
  • hat
  • gloves
  • warm clothing (not jeans!)
  • spare fleece
  • water and a hot drink
  • lunch
  • extra food
  • and of course, waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • A whistle and head torch (with spare batteries) should be carried, particularly during the winter months
  • and a hi-visibility garment would be very useful in case of poor visibility.

Participants must satisfy themselves that the walk is suitable for their abilities.
You can take advice, by ringing the walk leader whose telephone number is given.

No liability will be accepted for loss or injury that occurs as a result of taking part.
An adult must accompany young people (under18).

Meeting places

Meeting Places for the walks are given as a grid reference and the Ordnance Survey (OS) map number, plus a description of the meeting place.
Information about Grid References is given in the key on OS maps, or you can view a video explaining how to use a grid reference on the OS website .
Post codes are unfortunately not much help in country areas, as they cover too wide an area. Post codes for specific places such as a pub or village hall can often be found by using an internet search.
You can click here to see where Meeting Places are – this should be taken as a rough guide only.

Start and Finish Times of Walks

The Start time given in the programme is the time we will start walking. Please be at the meeting place in time to get kitted up for a prompt start.
The Finish time given in the programme is a guide to the time by which we expect to end the walk. Please be prepared for this time to vary due to circumstances on the day.

Dogs

Dogs (well controlled) are permitted, unless stated otherwise in the programme. It should be noted that under the CROW Act, when taking dogs onto Open Access land they must be on a fixed lead, no more than two metres long, whenever livestock are near, and at ALL TIMES from 1st March to 31st July.

Non members

Non members of the Park Society will be asked to make a donation of £5.00 per walk. Half price for the under 16’s, the unemployed and students.

Changes to the Guided Walks Programme

Occasionally leaders may change or cancel a guided walk, usually because of severe weather which may affect the walk itself or the roads to the start of the walk. Whenever possible, any changes will be added to the Guided Walks programme pages on this site but leaders may change routes on the day if they think it is necessary.

Weather Forecasts

You are strongly advised to check the Mountain Weather Forecast for the Brecon Beacons National Park before setting out for walks:-
Or you can see what the weather is like across the National Park using these links to live webcams:-
Abergavenny Webcam. This faces the north face of the Blorenge.
Black Mountains Gliding Club. One of three on the BMGC website. This one faces east towards Waun Fach in the Black Mountains.
Brecon Beacons Tourism webcams. One at the Mountain Centre at Libanus, looking towards Pen y Fan, and the other at Craig y Nos, looking north east towards the Beacons.

Rights of Way – Diversions and Problems

David Dickson, the Society’s Rights of Way Officer, publishes a list of known issues affecting footpaths in the National Park. Click here to see the current listing or to report a problem you have found.

Emergency Contact Details

Do you carry emergency contact details with you on guided walks? We hope they will never be needed, but if you were taken ill or had an accident on a walk they could prove useful. Although walk leaders usually know the first names of regular walkers, they don’t always know any other details or how to contact family or friends. Any such information would of course be treated confidentially, and in the event of a serious accident or illness it would be left to the emergency services to make that contact.

Those participating in BBPS guided walks are  encouraged to carry a card, preferably laminated or encased in a plastic cover, in the top of their rucksack, with their name, emergency telephone contact, and details of any medical conditions and medication carried, which could be useful in case of illness or accident.

The emergency services encourage all of us to enter a contact number in our mobile phone’s memory under the heading ICE – (which stands for In Case of Emergency). Paramedics or police would then be able to use it to contact a relative.

Finally, do you know how to contact the emergency services by mobile phone? Call 999 or 112. Note that 112 works throughout Europe and USA. You can also register your mobile phone to send text messages to 112, which are even more likely to get through than a voice call. Walk Leaders and those walking alone are strongly advised to look at this video to learn more about how to contact the emergency services.

General Enquiries

If you have any general enquiries concerning the Guided Walks Programmes please contact Anthea Scott using the form on the Guided Walks page.

 

If in doubt consult the leader whose name and telephone number are given in the Guided Walks programme.