Walking in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons is a long established mecca for
walkers and guidebooks and leaflets can be ordered
via www.powystrails.org.uk or from the Brecon Tourist
Information. There are also a series of circular walks with
downloadable maps to be found at www.leapingstiles.com. We
also have a variety of maps, books of walks and leaflets at the
house.

The Taff trail

The Taff Trail links Brecon to Cardiff passes within 200

yards of the house and is a great link along the old drovers
road to The Storey Arms from where you can climb up to the
summit of Pen-y-Fan.

Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve near Llangattock,

Crickhowell. (21 miles)

Consists of a sweeping amphitheatre of cliffs and screes
curling around the edge of one of the largest limestone cliffs
in south Wales. Famous for its exceptional variety of plants,
some extremely rare, it is a landscape where a combination
of natural and industrial history has given the Reserve a
compelling character.

Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad a Fan Frynych National Nature

Reserve near The Storey Arms (4 miles)

Moulded by the ice and cold of a melting glacier in the Ice Age,
rare arctic-alpine plants still grow here.

Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve between Gilwern and

Brynmawr (24 miles)

Native beech woods are rare in Wales but here trees up to
400 years old survived the industrial revolution due to their
inaccessibility. It is a wonderful place for woodland walks with
the autumn foliage and tremendous variety of fungi being a
special draw.

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu NNR (17 miles)

The cave of the Black Spring is situated in a reserve which is
over 350metres above sea level giving breathtaking views.
Apart from the 30 miles of caverns, cascades, passageways,
stalagmites and stalactites below ground there is also much to
enjoy above ground from the plateau of millstone grit moulded
by the last Ice age.

Coed y Cerrig NNR (29 miles)

There are a range of circular walks within the reserve at this
deeply wooded narrow valley with a rich diversity of woodland
habitats.
There is information here for short walks onto the moorland
common or much longer walks up to the mountains. There is
also a cafe and exhibition about the national park.

Kevin Walker Mountain Activities (12 miles)

Join a scheduled walk, have your own guide or take a course in
navigation skills, map interpretation or contour recognition for
example.

Henry Vaughan Walk, Talybont-on-Usk (10 miles)

An easy 4km stroll following the Afon Caerfanell and Brinore
Tramroad and passing through the Vaughan Garden where you
can find examples of the herbs Henry and his brother would
have used medicines and scientific experiments.