Self Guided Walks

Shown below is a listing of suggested walks within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Each walk contains detailed instructions and the route is indicated on an appropriate map.

Grid references shown might be of use to GPS users. To report any problem on footpaths or open access land please  Report Problems

The Brecon Beacons Park Society hope that you enjoy these walks. They are produced in good faith, but the Society is unable to take responsibility for any errors or omissions contained within which might lead to injury or distress.

The Society is always interested to receive any comments on navigational or mapping difficulties encountered, please use the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.

From the Western Area of the Brecon Beacons National Park

The Cribarth Ridge

Compiled by: Nigel Phillips

Starting from a pub in the Upper Swansea Valley, this 11km walk traverses a mountain with a colourful industrial history and passes through a delightful Country Park which was once the home of a famous opera diva.
The Towy Valley Walk

Compiled by: Geoffrey Williams

A ridge and valley walk of 17km which takes in fine views of the Mynydd Ddu (Black Mountain) to the south, the Towy Valley to the north, and features a visit to one of the largest hill-forts in Britain. 

From the Central Area of the Brecon Beacons National Park

A 19km walk which explores the Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad National Nature Reserve, formed by the action of ice 20,000 years ago. The north-facing cliffs, which rarely see the sun, support rare arctic-alpine plants. Cwm-du,  where Lorna Doone was filmed, has a similar ecology and is home to about 80 different bird species
Waterfalls and Ridges

Compiled by: Jim Wilson

 A high level 14km walk around part of the Central massif of the Brecon Beacons, with spectacular waterfalls and reservoirs and (weather permitting) stunning views of the landscape beyond.

From the Eastern Area of the Brecon Beacons National Park

To the Top of the Table

Compiled by: Roger White

A classic 8km walk to Table Mountain with its commanding presence above Crickhowell and its sweeping views. With varied scenery, the walk crosses green meadows, open moors and a wooded valley.
Cwmyoy Circular

Compiled by: Anne Pritchard

A varied 11km circular walk from a pub near Llanfihangel Crucorney, skirting the delightfully-named Strawberry Cottage Wood nature reserve, past Pentwyn Iron Age Hill Fort and onto the southern tip of Hatterrall Hill and Cwmyoy Church. 

Walks without Hills

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.

Click Here – Walks Without Hills


You are recommended to check the weather forecast before you attempt any of these walks. There are various websites which give detailed local forecasts:-

Met Office – the main UK forecaster. You can select a town near where you are walking and then select the particular mountain area.

MetCheck – this gives a quick visual representation of the weather  for 7 days.

You can also look at the actual weather conditions from various webcams around the National Park.

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 National Park Authority. 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 know issues affecting footpaths in the National Park. Click here to see the current listing or to report a problem you have found.

In case of Emergency

Do you carry emergency contact details with you on 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. It is a good idea  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.

Do you know how to contact the emergency services by mobile phone?

  1. Make sure the casualty is comfortable and keep them warm.
  2. If you are in a group, make sure they are warm and keep together.
  3. Make a note of the casualty’s injuries or problems as well as items such as their sex, age, general health etc.
  4. Make a note of your position. The more accurate this is, the easier it for the emergency services to find you.
  5. Dial 112 or 999.
  6. If you are very close to a road and need an ambulance you can ask for the Ambulance Service. However, if you are any distance from a road, the Ambulance Service may not find you and, even if they do, be unable to get to you. In that case, ask for the Police Service and then ask them to call out Mountain Rescue. You cannot directly call out the Air Ambulance, that is a decision for the Emergency Services.
  7. Stay with the casualty until the Emergency Services arrive. This could take 2 hours or more, if you are in a remote area.

Did you know? You can also register your mobile phone to send emergency text messages direct to 112, which are even more likely to get through than a voice call? You are strongly advised to look at this video to learn more about how to contact the emergency services.

If you encounter any problems or have any comments on these walks please contact the Society using the form below:-

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