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Walking in the Brecon Beacons

45 circular walks in the National Park

By Andy Davies, David Whittaker

Guidebook to 45 circular day walks in Wales' Brecon Beacons National Park. Exploring areas including Fforest Fawr, the Black Mountains and Waterfall Country, these walks cover both mountain and valley routes and visit classic ridges, dramatic waterfalls, wooded gorges and upland valleys.


The Brecon Beacons has something special to offer in all seasons from the high summits covered in snow to the autumn colours of the wooded valleys.


The towns of Llandovery, Brecon, Crickhowell, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye provide excellent bases from which to explore the national park.


The 45 routes cater for all abilities and weather conditions. Low-level valley routes are alternatives to the high peaks and ridges of the central Brecon Beacons. The Waterfall Country offers good options in poor weather and there are a variety of different length walks.

Must See

Mynydd Du, Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and Waterfall Country; Pen y Fan; Sgwd Gwladus waterfall (White Lady Falls); Llanthony Priory; fascinating geological features; historical sites; industrial heritage; plants and wildlife
27 Apr 2022
4 May 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

Guidebook to 45 graded circular walks in the Brecon Beacons National Park, perfect for those wishing to discover the diversity of the region, away from the crowds. The routes range from 2.5 to 15 miles (4 to 24km) and cover the north-eastern, eastern and south-western valleys and ridges, Fforest Fawr, Waterfall Country, the Black Mountain (Mynydd Du) and the Black Mountains (y Mynyddoedd Duon). Highlights include Pen y Fan and the spectacular Sgwd Gwladus (White Lady Falls), Sgwd yr Eira and Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfalls

Each walk includes clear route description, 1:50,000 OS mapping, summary statistics and local points of interest, and the guide also contains route summary tables and a handy Welsh-English glossary to help you make sense of local place names.

A remarkably varied landscape, the Brecon Beacons National Park showcases some of the best scenery in Wales. The walks take in mountain peaks and ridges, waterfalls, wooded river gorges and remote upland valleys. Picturesque market towns on the edges of the park, such as Llandovery, Brecon, Crickhowell and Abergavenny, are great places to explore and ideal bases for a walking holiday.

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Andy Davies

Andy has been a professional photographer for over 20 years and specialises in wildlife and landscape photography. He moved to West Wales in 1999 to be immersed in the environment which inspires him and wrote and photographed Coastline Wales in 2008. He regularly takes his stills and video cameras underwater and is currently working on a number of new books and video projects. A former university lecturer, he now combines his love of photography and his passion for passing on skills to others in a series of photographic and video workshops in West Wales. He is also an external tutor for Aberystwyth University in outdoor and wildlife photography.

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David Whittaker

David began walking and climbing in the mountains of Britain many years ago and has climbed most of the higher summits in England, Wales and Scotland along with rock and winter climbs throughout the United Kingdom. He has also trekked and climbed in the European Alps, Nepal, Tibet and Ladakh along with New Zealand, Ecuador and Patagonia. He has walked and photographed the Brecon Beacons over the past fifty years during his headship of a unit of Forensic Dentistry in the University of Wales College of Medicine. He is currently the Emeritus professor in this subject in Cardiff University and in 2003 was appointed OBE for his work.

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