Brecon Beacons Walking Guides

Here are a small number of walk suggestions to enjoy in the Brecon Beacons if you are confident in navigating yourself. They are a mixture of high mountain, open moor and some lower level walks.

Clicking on “Route Details” will open up another page that provides a basic route description, profile and the route displayed on a OS 1:50 Map. The time for each route is based on a walking speed of 3kph with 1min added for every 10m of ascent, no time has been added for breaks.

Whilst I have taken care to ensure accuracy in the route description, it is advised before setting out that you plot the intended route onto a suitable map like OS 1:25 and carry a compass for these walks.

For safety in the mountains please have a read of The BMC “New Hill Walkers” Booklet.

Of course I am happy to guide you around any of these routes or anywhere else within the Brecon Beacons National Park, please feel free to contact me for further details.

Tor y Foel From Talybont-on-Usk

A walk that combines a decent hill (Tor y Foel), canal path and the Taff Trail (an old discontinued railway line that used to feed industrial South Wales).

Distance – 14.2 km
Total ascent – 496 m
Total descent – 496 m
Approx time – 5:45 hours

Pen Y Fan

This walk climbs Pen Y Fan from the south using the tourist routes, however, we do a little detour off the tourist path to visit Tommy Jones Obelisk.

Distance – 8.4 km
Total ascent – 529 m
Total descent – 529 m
Approx time – 3:40 hours

Pwll Y Wrach

If the weather does not allow heading up one of the local mountains this is an excellent low level walk which takes you to the edge of the Black Mountains before heading back via Pwll y Wrach (Witches Pool) Nature Reserve.

Distance – 12.3 km
Total ascent – 378 m
Total descent – 378 m
Approx time – 4:50 hours

Felinfach Common

The weather is foul but you want to still stretch your legs or blow away the cobwebs from the night before, this walk from Felinfach village will take you up onto the Felinfach Common and give you spectacular views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Keep an eye out for the wildlife on this walk, buzzards and kites are often seen flying overhead.

Distance – 10.1 km
Total ascent – 277 m
Total descent – 277 m
Approx time – 3:45 hours

Chartist Cave

An easy walk across open moorland to the Chartist Cave, this is a linear walk to the cave and re-trace your steps back to the car park. When walking this route previously I have come across potholers looking for caves which can be found in this area.

Distance – 8.1 km
Total ascent – 223 m
Total descent – 223 m
Approx time – 3:00 hours