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45 circular day walks are described in this guidebook to the Brecon Beacons National Park. From west to east, Mynydd Du, Fforest Fawr, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains these mountain and valley routes offer many options, highlighting the natural features. The walks described explore dramatic waterfalls, wooded gorges and upland valleys.
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Guidebook to 45 lesser known circular walks in Brecon Beacons National Park, perfect for those wishing to discover the diversity of the region, away from the crowds. The routes, which range from 3.3km (2 miles) to 21.6km (13.4 miles), cover four geographic areas: Mynydd Du (The Black Mountain), Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon), offering a variety of stunning mountain and valley walking.
Designed to be akin to ‘a park ranger in your pocket’, route descriptions (together with 1:50,000 OS mapping) are accompanied by commentary on topics such as geomorphology, archaeology, local history, land-use and environmental issues. A useful Welsh-English glossary is also included, as are summary tables organizing routes by both difficulty and interest.
A remarkably diverse landscape, the Brecon Beacons National Park showcases some of the best scenery in Wales. The area also offers a plethora of sites and activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Favourite attractions for children include Dan-yr-Ogof Show Caves in the Swansea Valley, Brecon Mountain Railway at Penderyn and Big Pit National Coal Museum near Blaenavon. Picturesque market towns on the edges of the park, such as Llandovery, Brecon, Crickhowell and Abergavenny, are also great places to explore.
Route 27: Height gained is 644 metres (2113 ft) not 696 ft, but the mileage is correct. Thanks to Roger Craven for this correction.
This guide is designed to be used in conjunction with the Brecon Beacons National Park Outdoor Leisure Maps (1:25 000):
Western area, OL12 and Eastern Area, OL13.
Unfortunately some of the grid references and the Map codes given at the start of each walk are incorrect.
(e.g. Walk 1 starts at SO 006 246 on Map OL12)
|Geology of the Brecon Beacons|
|Getting to and staying in the National Park|
|A solitary guided walk?|
|Using this guide|
|1 NORTH-EASTERN VALLEYS AND RIDGES|
|1 Cwm Llwch and Cefn Cwm Llwch|
|2 Cwm Llwch Ridge|
|3 Cwm Llwch Valley|
|4 Cwm Sere and Cefn Cwm Llwch|
|5 Cwm Sere and Bryn Teg|
|6 Cwm Sere Ridge|
|7 Cwm Sere Valley|
|8 Cwm Cynwyn and Bryn Teg|
|9 Cwm Cynwyn and Cefn Cyff|
|10 Cwm Cynwyn Ridge|
|11 Cwm Cynwyn Valley|
|12 Cwm Oergwm and Cefn Cyff|
|13 Cwm Oergwm and Gist Wen|
|14 Cwm Oergwm Ridge|
|15 Cwm Oergwm Valley|
|2 EASTERN VALLEYS AND RIDGES|
|17 Cwm Tarthwynni Circuit|
|18 Blaen-y-glyn and Allt Forgan|
|19 Blaen-y-glyn and Craig y Fan Ddu|
|20 Torpantau Circuit|
|3 SOUTH-WESTERN VALLEYS AND RIDGES|
|21 Neuadd Horseshoe|
|22 Cwm Llysiog and Waun Wen|
|23 Cwm Crew and Cefn Crew|
|4 FFOREST FAWR|
|24 Craig Cerrig-gleisiad|
|25 Fan Fawr|
|26 Craig Cwm-du and Fan Frynych|
|27 Craig Cwm-du, Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia|
|28 Fan Gyhirych and Fan Nedd|
|5 WATERFALL COUNTRY|
|29 Pontneddfechan Waterfalls|
|30 Waterfall Walk|
|31 Sgwd yr Eira|
|32 Ystradfellte Falls|
|33 Afon Nedd and Afon Mellte|
|6 THE BLACK MOUNTAIN (MYNYDD DU)|
|34 Carmarthen Fans and Glacial Cwms|
|35 Nant Pedol and Drysgol|
|36 Sinc Giedd and Bannau Sir Gaer|
|37 Afon Twrch|
|38 Henrhyd Falls and River Tawe|
|39 Cwm Sawdde and Garreg Las|
|7 THE BLACK MOUNTAINS (Y MYNYDDOEDD DUON)|
|40 Pen Cerrig-calch and Table Mountain|
|41 Craig y Cilau and Cwm Onneu Fach|
|42 Crug Mawr and Sugar Loaf|
|43 Llanthony Priory, Offa’s Dyke and Bal Mawr|
|44 Lord Hereford’s Knob and Nant Bwch|
|45 Castell Dinas and Waun Fach|
|APPENDIX 1 Routes by Difficulty|
|APPENDIX 2 Routes by Interest|
|APPENDIX 3 Index of Information Boxes|
|APPENDIX 4 Brief Welsh–English Glossary|
|APPENDIX 5 Useful Contacts|