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Walks in the Brecon Beacons & the Black Mountains

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Best walks in the Brecon Beacons & the Black Mountains

With magnificent mountains, sweeping valleys and expansive moorland, the Brecon Beacons offer some of the most dramatic walking landscapes in the world.

There’s an array of walks to suit all abilities, from low-level strolls to challenging hikes, circular loops, waterfall trails, wheelchair-friendly routes, dog-friendly paths, and short walks to longer treks.

Visit Waterfall Country to explore the magical walking routes that wind through the area’s wooded gorges, caves and falls, including the popular Four Falls trail, a 5.2-mile circular walk encompassing four of the largest and prettiest waterfalls.

The Beacon’s breathtaking mountain ranges offer an array of more challenging walking opportunities, from the spectacular peaks of Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and The Skirrid in the Black Mountains, to Pen y Fan, the highest summit in South Wales.

Thanks to the Beacon’s plentiful supply of rain, there are lots of places to enjoy a waterside walk, including the Grwyne Fawr Reservoir, natural lakes Llangorse Lake and Llyn y Fan Fach, and the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal towpath.

Walks in the Black Mountains

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8-Mile Walk in the Black Mountains

An 8-mile walk taking in the peaks of Pen Allt-mawr, Pen Cerrig-calch and Table Mountain in the Black Mountains.

Spring Walking Over Hay Bluff

A 6-mile circular walk that includes Hay Bluff and the summit of Lord Hereford's Knob.

Autumn Walk in the Black Mountains

A 3-hour circular walk from the village of Cwmdu, to Mynydd Llangorse via the Pen Tir ridge.

A Circular Walk From Crickhowell and Back in Time for Lunch

A 6-mile circular walk from Crickhowell car park to the top of Table Mountain and back via Cwm Cumbeth valley.

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A Walk Around Cwm Mawr (the Big Valley)

A beautiful 5-mile walk around Cwm Mawr (the Big Valley) in the Black Mountains.

The Best Llangorse Lake Walk

An 8-11 mile stomp up Mynydd Llangorse featuring stunning views of Llangorse Lake.

Walks in the Brecon Beacons

Autumn Walking in the Brecon Beacons

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

Waterside Walks

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A Walk Around the Grwyne Fawr Reservoir

A 4-hour circular walking route around the Grwyne Fawr Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons.

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The Gruffalo Walk

A 6/7-mile circular walk alongside the beautiful Grwyne Fechan river which winds through the valley between Pen Allt-mawr and the Myndd Du Forest in the Black Mountains.

Book your Brecon Beacons escape

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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