Brecon Beacons Walks

Within an hours drive of Wales’s capital city and other major cities, walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Bannau Brycheiniog in Welsh) offers the nearby city dwelling population a stunning outdoor escape.

The Brecon Beacons have four main areas, which include the Black Mountain (singular) (Mynydd Du in Welsh) which is found in the west, The Black Mountains (plural) (Y Mynyddoedd Duon in Welsh) which are found in the east. Then you have Fforest Fawr (or Great Forest) and the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) completing the centre of the park.

Out in the west of the Brecon Beacons is what’s known as waterfall country. Among them are some famous falls such as Sgwd yr Eira which is said to be the most photographed in the area, or if you’re into Hollywood try the setting for the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises known as Henrhyd Falls, which is one of the tallest and most accessible of waterfalls in the area. These are just some of the many magical cascades to be discovered along the wonderful Waterfall walks in the Breacon Beacons.

The area was designated as a national park back in 1957, but the Brecon Beacons also has an area that received International Dark Sky Reserve status in February 2013. In fact it was the first International Dark-Sky reserve in Wales, and no wonder with minimal light pollution and big skies it’s a heaven for star watchers and moonlight walkers alike.

Other walking highlights in the Brecon Beacons include; the classic Brecon Beacons horseshoe ridge walk up Pen y Fan from Cwm Taf Fechan, the popular Sugar Loaf with its formidable viewpoint, the Taff Trail along the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal and of course any visit will need to include a walk up it’s most famous and highest summit Pen y Fan, with routes such as the Pen y Fan and Corn Du or the well trodden Pen y Fan from Storey Arms. Check out our All the walks up Pen y Fan article for a full rundown.

All our Brecon Beacons routes come with Ordnance Survey mapping and downloadable GPX files for GPS devices. There’s also either a detailed description written by ourselves, or a link to our carefully curated routes on selected partner websites.

For our full selection of Brecon Beacons walks scroll below.

Walk up Ysgyryd Fawr

Walk up Ysgyryd Fawr

The hill of Ysgyryd Fawr (anglicised to Skirrid) is an outlying peak of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons and has a clearly recognisable profile that it owes to historic land slips. The name derives from ysgwyd – which means to shake or shiver in Welsh and probably as due to it’s propensity to …

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Pen y Fan Walk from Storey Arms

As Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons is the highest mountain in South Wales, and being within easy reach of a large population base, Pen y Fan can be quite popular with walkers. As a result, there has been a serious path erosion problem here which has necessitated the building of flagged paths. At least this makes …

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Wales’ Most Iconic Mountains

Here’s a list of some of the most Iconic Mountains in Wales as we at Mud and Routes celebrate Gwyl Sant Ddewi – or St David’s Day to the rest of you. If you disagree, and think we’ve missed your favourite mountain out – then add your comments below or joint the debate via social …

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Black Hill and Offa’s Dyke

A walk in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons from the English side that follows the England/Wales border, hardly stepping more than a few metres into Wales. The highlight of the route is the narrow Cat’s Back sandstone ridge that ascends to Black Hill. The Route Click here to view the full description and …

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Best Hill Walks in Brecon Beacons National Park

Walk up Waun Fach via Y Grib

The summit plateau of Waun Fach in the Black Mountains is mostly peat bog, with only the base of the trig point now remaining, hardly fitting for the highest point in the Black Mountains. It makes up for this with some wonderful approaches, such as the Grib ridge which this route ascends. The Route Click …

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