There are a number of way-marked trails across the National Park.
The Beacons Way is a 161km (100 mile) linear walk across the Brecon Beacons National Park. It was devised by ex-Park Society Secretary John Sansom (who died in June 2006), in conjunction with Arwel Michael and Chris Barber. A book containing a detailed description of the route has been available since May 2005.
The route was revised in 2016. For a description of the new route, go to http://www.breconbeacons.org/beacons-way.
The Park Society and the Brecknock Museum Art Trust have developed an art project to celebrate the Beacons Way long-distance trail across the Brecon Brecons National Park.
The Society sometimes organises week long treks across the whole route as well as day walks along sections. See the current programme for more information.
Usk Valley Walk
A 48 mile (77km) walk between Caerleon and Brecon through the beautiful Vale of Usk.
Starting at the Ship Inn in Caerleon the route soon climbs up into woodland before dropping down to river level and immediately climbing again through farmland, then falling back to the river. From there to Usk town the route is level and follows the course of the river.
The walk from Usk to Abergavenny is largely along the riverbank with short diversions up the hillside. Some of the prettiest stretches of the river are passed on the way. Joining the Monmouth and Brecon canal just before reaching Abergavenny there are several miles of level walking on the towpath high above the River Usk. The canal is one of the most beautiful in Britain and has been restored along much of its length with narrow boats available for hire. There are many remnants of the coal, iron and lime industries on the remaining wharfs such as lime kilns at Llangattock and several tramways which carried coal, iron ore and limestone to and fro the industrial valleys to the west.
Beyond Llangattock the route veers away from the canal for a few miles and rejoins the canal near Llangynidr. After passing 5 locks the path climbs up the hillside again to the highest point of the Walk, nearly 1000 ft (300m) above sea level, descending to Aber near Talybont Reservoir. Ascending from the valley the route goes through farmland and a short stretch of woodland then falling back to the canal towpath, this part of the walk being shared with the Taff Trail.
After crossing Brynich aqueduct over the river the outskirts of Brecon are soon reached and the Walk terminates at Probert Basin with its theatre, restaurant and car park facilities. A short walk takes you into the centre of Brecon.
The Epynt Way is a permissive path which follows the boundary of the Sennybridge Training Area and is available for use at all times by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
Since the 1930′s the Army has occupied most of the Northern half of the Epynt lying between the Ifon, Wye and Usk valleys, to the west of the Crychan Forest. From 2002 the MOD, together with the Ramblers Association and local residents, have been opening up the Epynt Way (mostly lying inside the edge of the MOD land). In October 2004 the first two phases were opened to the public, from Disgwylfa round to Esgair Wen, which the Park Society have walked several times
More guided walks along the Way will be offered as and when new section are opened to the public.
The Epynt Way team were awarded the Silver Otter Award for outstanding contributions to conservation, public access and heritage on MOD Estates, which was presented by the Under Secretary of State for Defence in October 2005.
Offa’s Dyke Path
The Path runs for 177 miles from Sedbury Cliffs on the Severn Estuary near Chepstow to the North Wales resort of Prestatyn on Liverpool Bay. For about 70 miles it follows the course of the Eighth Century Offa’s Dyke earthwork.
Offa’s Dyke Path, while not being the longest of the National Trails, is the most attractive and varied of them. The route crosses high wild moorland, attractive, well cultivated wide river valleys and ancient woodland. It passes through historic towns and isolated hamlets. En route can be seen hill forts, castles, abbeys and surviving remains of the habitations of former occupants of the beautiful corridor of the path. The flora and fauna are as rich and as varied as the scenery. At the halfway point in Knighton is the Offa’s Dyke Centre with its Interactive Exhibition for the Dyke and a range of services for walkers.
The management of the fabric of the National Trail is co-ordinated by the Offa’s Dyke Path Officer (not the Offa’s Dyke Association). Nine local authorities work with the Offa’s Dyke Path Officer to maintain Offa’s Dyke Path in their respective areas.
Within the National Park, the Offa’s Dyke Path starts at Hay-on-Wye in the north and travels south along the easternmost ridge of the Black Mountains, above Llanthony, to Llanfihangel Crucorney in the south.