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 is a walking route from Brecon to Cardiff which passes within 200 yards of the house. It 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
National Park Visitors Centre (3 miles)
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.