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An Autumnal Circular Walk in the Brecon Beacons

An 8.5-mile walk featuring the Craig-y-Fan Ddu waterfalls, Graig Fan Las escarpment and Fan-y-Big.

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Best Brecon Beacons Circular Walk

My walking friends and I have a tradition of birthday walks and this year mine was an absolute corker!

A crisp, clear day with a blue sky heralded what was to be one of my most glorious October walks ever. We started from the Talybont side of Torpantau car park (about a 30-minute drive from Gliffaes), making our way steadily up the steep side of Craig-y-Fan Ddu alongside sparkling waterfalls.

Once at the top, the meandering path led us steadily along the Graig Fan Las escarpment with staggering views in all directions. We then continued around to the west towards Fan-y-Big, our destination. From this point onwards the views of all the Brecon Beacons peaks were absolutely stunning and it was so clear we could see for miles.

At the summit of Fan-y-Big, we stopped for a while to stand on the famous Diving Board, a huge feat for me as I am not keen on heights!

After a delicious lunch, cooked by our friend Sally on her mountain stove, we headed back the way we had come to finish at Torpantau once more.

All in all, this walk is about 8.5 miles. It takes about 5 hours if you include a lunch break! You could go further than Fan-y-Big and take in Cribyn and Pen-y-Fan, but you would need a longer day.

If you want to do this walk whilst staying at Gliffaes, we will be happy to mark up your map for you and set you off with a packed lunch.

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Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities here, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, or somewhere comfortable to stay the night, our friendly country house hotel is the perfect base for your Brecon Beacons break.

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