Valentines Day in the Brecon Beacons National Park

There are plenty of special offers and things to do this Valentine’s Day in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Wednesday February 14th, 2018)! Here’s our guide to the most romantic restaurants, special treats, Valentine’s Day gift ideas and much more-so you can plan the perfect day!

Stag and Hen Weekend Special Deal with Adventure Britain

Although there are no definitive stats to say how many people actually get engaged in the UK on St.Valentine’s Day research completed by the latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker consumer report surveyed Americans’ Valentine’s Day plans and found that six million couples are likely to get engaged on February 14th.

To celebrate this auspicious day we’d like to offer our customers this special offer with free places for all those individunusual places to get engaged to be marrieduals who became potential hens and stags as of yesterday! Read on for more

Stag and Hen Go Free on their Stag Weekend or Hen Weekend in Wales! If both the stag and hen book their stag weekend, hen weekend, stag party or hen party with Adventure Britain then both the hen and stag go free.

They don’t have to take place on the same dates. You can either travel on the same weekend or come at different times and even different years if that helps If you book your stag or hen weekend for 2018 before the end of February we’ll also throw in a free bottle of champagne! N.B. Applies to minimum group sizes of 12 or more people and to full weekend bookings only (2 nights and 2 activities) More here.

Valentines Stay at Craig Y Nos Castle

What could be more romantic than waking up with your loved one on Valentines Day and enjoying a full cooked breakfast? Staying the night before at Craig Y Nos Castle!

Saturday 11th February
  • Sit down to a welcome glass of pink bubbly
  • Begin with a choice of warm starters
  • Enjoy a choice of main course
  • Choose from a range of deserts
  • Relax in the Patti Bar in front of a roaring log burner
  • Retire to your En Suite Room
  • The following morning have your full cooked breakfast in the Function Room
A welcome drink, 4 course evening meal, overnight stay, and full cooked breakfast per couple, just £200 per room for one night (based on two sharing). Or stay any two nights B&B over Valentines weekend for just £250, per  couple, which includes the four course Valentines meal on the Saturday  night, and B&B on a ‘second’ night which you can take either on the  Friday or the Sunday night. More here.

Treat your loved one to a Romantic Spa Break at Peterstone Court

Its home is in the vaulted caverns once used as the house cellars – we thought being close to the earth in the Brecon Beacons would naturally generate energy, and be a perfect location for our spa. Its design introduces a place of calm where you can slow-down, unwind and be pampered, allowing you a little well deserved ‘me’ time.
Our spa also offers you the chance to relax in the Jacuzzi; detox in the spa-brochure-6sauna; take a dip in our seasonal heated pool or work-out in our gym, where qualified fitness instructors are on hand to help you. Or simply sit in our Moroccan styled relaxation room after a treatment, have a drink and just chill-out. However, it must be said that the views of Cribyn and Pen Y Fan from the house will almost help you to recharge as much as the treatments do, but one thing is for certain, with this combination we know you will leave us feeling relaxed, refreshed and simply – lovely!

Treat your loved one to a romantic walk with four little Piggies in the Brecon Beacons National Park with Good Day Out!

Have a micro adventure with Good Day Out and take four little Kune Kune pigs for a walk, followed by a Pig-Nic of tea and cakes! Babz, Hazel, Holly & Willow are all young and love meeting people and going for walks.  Great fun for animal lovers wanting a fun and engaging few hours in the countryside with these friendly little animals. This mini adventure includes an easy stroll with the piggies along a scenic hidden valley, with them yomping in and out of the hedgerow and lots of treats and scratches.

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After the stroll, you will be treated to refreshments by a log-burning stove and to have the chance to learn about the girls and their life in the Brecon Beacons. The experience is available year round with join-in dates for small groups, but for St Dwynwens Day and Valentines Day, we are offering a “Private” Piggy Walk which is a luxury pig walk for just two. There is also an added extra as with all Good Day Out experience days a good cause will benefit from your day out. Some of the funds taken for this experience will be donated to RetireMutt which is a charity that helps retired police dogs, in recognition of their great service.

The Private Piggy Walk costs £125 for 2 and includes an ample cake selection. Join-in days cost £25 per adult and £15 for 16s & under. The walks are held in Heol Senni, around 10 miles SW of Brecon. For more information and other dates please visit

Valentines at the Globe at Hay-14th February

Take a look at their Valentines day menu below!! Booking is essential! To book a place, please email or call us on 01497821762. More info here.


Buy a special gift from the Old Railway Line Garden Centre 

If you’re stuck for ideas of a special gift to give this St Dwynwens and Valentines day, then head to The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, and visit the florist who can make you a bespoke bouquet from their extensive range of cut flowers for a romantic gift to a loved one. More here.

Treat your loved one to a hamper from Authentically Welsh

Take a pick from the many selections of hampers Authentically Welsh have put together containing all Welsh produce! Their Crickhowell Cracking Hamper will introduce you to some of Crickhowell’ delicious local artisan foods, or why not let your loved one indulge in a Luxury Welsh Food Hamper bursting with appetising and inviting foods.
With a selection of Welsh Gifts you are bound to find a present or two from Authentically Welsh.

Have a romantic stay at The Angel Hotel 


(FROM £140.00 PER NIGHT)

One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing; Sunday – Thursday) inclusive of the following:

  • Overnight accommodation in an executive room
  • 3 course evening meal in The Oak Room (choice from £30 Angel set menu)
  • Full traditional breakfast
  • Complimentary upgrade based upon availability

Rate is per night, based up to two guests sharing, inclusive of the current 20% VAT. The break is available Sunday – Thursday only. Valid until 31stJanuary 2018.’ More info here.

Our Valentine’s Break will be priced from £227.00 per room and will include a red rose and Bollinger Champagne on arrival (1 glass each) then a special Valentine’s supper in The Oak Room with fizz and canapes on arrival.

Make this Valentine’s unforgettable with our Ultimate Valentine’s Package (perfect) for a proposal)…

Arrive at The Angel and check in to one of our Deluxe Suites, where a dozen red roses will be waiting for you along with a splendid Valentine’s cocktail and delicious homemade chocolates.

Then, in the evening, climb aboard our grand horse & carriage for a romantic trip through Abergavenny, whilst enjoying a bottle of Rose Champagne.

Return to the hotel for canapes and a candlelit dinner in the unique ambience of our Brecon Room, which will be exclusively yours for the evening.  Each course will be paired with a wine from our Award-winning list and you can even provide a playlist for background music during dinner, making it a truly personal evening for you and your partner.

Finish your stay with an indulgent Champagne breakfast of scrambled eggs with oysters and caviar, which can be enjoyed at your leisure, as there is no rush to check out the next morning.


*Available on Wednesday 14th February 2018 and subject to availability.

Enjoy a romantic candlelit evening at the The Plough, Rhosmaen

Valentines 2018 Early Bird Offer

Valentine’s 2018 – Early Bird Offer

Have you thought about reserving your table for Valentine’s Day?
Wednesday 14th February is your chance to treat your loved one to a special evening.

Take advantage of our Early Bird Offer for only £25 per couple for the following package:

Kir Royale and Assorted Canapes on arrival
Single Red Rose 
Thornton’s Chocolates
Heart Shaped Helium Balloon
Dining from our A la Carte Menu and our Valentine’s Specials Board will be charged separately.
This offer is only valid until FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY 2018.
On booking please quote EARLY BIRD VALENTINES.

To book this amazing deal, please contact our reception team on 01558 823431 or email us at


Wedding Preview – Friday 2nd March 2018
Your wedding day should be the best day of your lives and with our help it will be. Our wedding preview will provide you with the opportunity to view our award winning venue and its elegant surroundings, set in the heart of the Towy Valley.
The dedicated wedding team will be on hand to discuss your ideas and inspirations, offering food and wine tasting and a guided tour of our boutique hotel.
You will also be able to meet with our approved wedding suppliers who will help to create a truly magical and enchanting day that you will never forget. More here.

There’s also plenty of accommodation where you can have a romantic getaway in the Brecon Beacons! From secluded Shepherds Huts to cosy B and B’s there really is somewhere for everyone to enjoy a memorable Valentines Day! Book your stay here!



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Events and Attractions at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Blaenavon Library – Family History
Come and find out who your ancestors were and start your family tree on Friday 5th January 2018 -10:00am – 1:00pm.
We have FREE access to and a large collection of local records which are not available anywhere else.
Staff from Blaenavon Museum and the Library will be on hand to offer guidance and support.
Further details contact Blaenavon Library on 01495 742333


Big Pit National Coal Museum January 2018
Big Pit is offering something different to the usual visitor experience this winter. As the underground closes every year in January to carry out essential maintenance, (with the exception of weekends), this means that Big Pit can offer something quite unique to visitors during this period.

Blacksmithing Experience at Big Pit
Ever wanted to try your hand at the art of blacksmithing? Come and join our pit blacksmith for a special hands-on experience in the forge. Make your own fire poker or ash scraper to take away. Every Monday, Wednesday and Fridaythroughout January from 3-19 January. Cost £30.Suitabe for adults only. Limited availability. To reserve a place, call (029) 2057 3650.

The Lost Art of Mining Tour and Demonstration
The Lost Art of Mining will explain to visitors the type of work that goes on in keeping Big Pit open as one the UK’s leading tourist attractions. Join our Mechanical Engineer every Tuesday andThursday throughout January as he explains the actual maintenance that is happening on site and also demonstrates how smaller items of compressed air operated machinery was used underground. The tour and demonstration last an hour, cost £3 per person. Further details: website


Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall
Puss in Boots, brand new Pantomime – DATE CHANGES
Performances during 17th – 28th February 2018
A trio of professionals from London’s West End Theatreland features in this new magical pantomime, which promises the very best of Seasonal Entertainment for all the family.
Written and produced by Peter Karrie, famous the world over for roles such as Phantom of the Opera and Valjean in Les Miserables, it will see his first outing as a Grande Dame of the Stage.
Commissioned by The Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall, this new panto promises to bring a new vitality to the genre at a competitive ticket price, and is one surely not to be missed!
Tickets: Adults £14.50 and Concessions (OAPs, students and children) £12.00. Call the box office: 01495 792661 or on line: To book and for further details

Spotlight on Wales as Man Engine rises again and visits Blaenavon
The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, the moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine, is set to visit Wales for the very first time next year.
The monumental Man Engine, which stands 11.2m tall and resembles a giant miner, will visit eight of south Wales’s most important industrial heritage locations for a week of celebrations from 8th – 12 April 2018. The colossal feat of engineering will visit Big Pit andBlaenavon Ironworks on the 8th April and then make its way to Ebbw Vale Steelworks, Cyfarthfa Park and Castle, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, the National Waterfront Museum Swansea, Swansea City Centre and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks as part of his journey across Wales, entitled: “Man Engine Cymru: forging a nation”.
To book tickets, or just find out more about the “Man Engine Cymru: forging a nation” tour visit

Click here for more information

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Theatr Brycheiniog New Years Flash Sale

Up to 50% off Selected Shows
for just 48 Hours!

We are offering up to 50% off full price tickets to a great selection of upcoming shows for our New Year Flash Sale!  From a classic show for little ones, to new dramas and spine tingling folk music, grab a 48 hour bargain!

This sale runs for 48 hours only, from midday, Tuesday 2 January, until midday, Thursday 4 January. The following shows are included:

Woman of Flowers
Tue 20 Feb, 7.30pm

£8 special offer
(usual price is £12!)


There Was an Old Lady
who Swallowed a Fly

Wed 4 & Thu 5 Apr, 2.30pm

Child’s ticket for only £4
(usual child’s ticket price £8!)


Jon Boden
Tue 17 Apr, 7.30pm

£10.00 special offer
(usual price is £20!)


Miss Julie
Thu 26 Apr, 7.30pm

£8 special offer
(usual price is £12.00!)


Tickets can be booked online, over the phone on 01874 611622 or in person at Box Office.
Don’t forget to book your FREE tickets to our Spring Season Launch! Enjoy an evening of free short performances and talks from artists and directors, to find out more our fantastic upcoming season.
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Book your holiday to the Brecon Beacons National Park!

Plan and book your 2018 holiday to the Brecon Beacons today! A warm welcome comes naturally to us in this part of Wales. Those who come for weekends, short getaways or longer holidays in the Brecon Beacons National Park often talk about our friendly hospitality. Some are surprised to discover just how many places to stay there are within the National Park and its fringes.


The many choices include grand country hotels, comfortable guesthouses, cosy inns and friendly B&Bs tucked away in the hills. For those who want to be more independent, there’s a fantastic range of self-catering cottages, bunkhouses, hostels, campsites, caravan sites and even canal boats.

As a bonus, more and more accommodation businesses in the Brecon Beacons are gaining the officially approved Green Tourism Business Scheme standard. This shows that we care for the environment as much as we’ll care for you

Check out our Facebook page here where we feature some great accommodation options in the National Park, or click here to book your stay today!

….there are some great attractions to keep you busy on your stay here! Here are just a few places you can visit!

Brecon Cathedral

National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Theatr Brycheiniog

Big Pit

Dan Yr Ogof Caves

Goytre Wharf

Cantref Adventure Farm

Penderyn Distillery 

Brecon Mountain Railway

The Old Railway Line Garden Centre

Talgarth Mill

The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh

The Play Barn at Brynich

Click here for more information on our Towns and Villages

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Unique New Years Resolutions

Getting fit? Losing weight? Learn something new? Get creative? It can all be done right here in the Brecon Beacons… 

Don’t settle for supermarkets
With so many wonderful local producers on our doorstep and high streets brimming with boutiques, there’s no need to step foot into a big chain here in in the Brecon Beacons. We have so many food festivals on throughout the year so you can stock up, as well as regular farmers markets throughout the year!

Open your mind to the outdoors – Make the most of the outdoors this year; Good Day Out provide a variety of workshops, and every experience booked gives funds to the designated cause! Try stargazing with an astronomer in the UK’s only Dark Sky Reserve, spend a day learning the art of cheese-making or have a go at hedgerow foraging. Or for
something more obscure in 2018; learn how to sheep shear from fleece to felt,
enjoy a ‘canine scent’ dog training day or spend a morning nursing hoglets.
Workshops from £20.

Get Fit for Free
Well, it is a new year and maybe time to shape up. So, why not crack on with those new year resolutions and burn some unwanted calories against the stunning backdrop of 568 acres of National Botanic Garden? We have created a series of trails around the Garden – some on flat paths to suit strollers, pushchairs and wheelchairs; and some more rugged, off-road routes around the estate, passing the waterfall. And, if you can get to the Garden Monday-to-Friday in January, admission is completely FREE.

What better way to try out your new fitness gadget, dig out and dust off that FitBit you were given last Christmas and clock up a serious number of steps? The various trails are clearly way-marked and there’s a free map to accompany you on your journey – pick one up on your way into the Garden. And each route has a ‘cupcake’ rating that indicates the degree of difficulty. So, whether you are planning a buggy boot camp, have a walking group in search of a new venue or you belong to a fitness group in need of a change of scene, this will fit like your favourite trainers.

If you can only make it to the Garden at the weekend, it’s not the end of the world because entry is only £4 on Saturdays and Sundays in January. If you want to know more, visit our website, email or call 01558 667149.

Go paragliding!
thumb_1399__auto_598952a0ed0230905ded543b0edf0b92.jpegOur grassy fields and hilltops serve as excellent take-off and landing sites for paragliders and hang gliders. Some pilots make cross-country flights exceeding 300 miles and fly up to 4 miles high! This is also a favourite region for soaring over the rolling, green landscape in a glider. You can train at our recognised schools, which are also great spots for those who prefer to watch from the safety of the ground. If you’re already licensed, get in touch with a local club to find out where you can fly. Only recognised flying sites can be used. Find out more here.

Appreciate wildlife
The Brecon Beacons National Park has wildlife in abundance! Click here for our top walks to make sure you have a chance at spotting some of our amazing animals.

Take up walking
Did you know we have 1,200 miles of public rights of way for you to explore? Click here for our favourite walks in the Brecon Beacons which have equally beautiful views to enjoy and have plenty of Epic selfie opportunities. Or click here for more inspiration on where to walk. 

Spend more time with your family
Whatever the weather Cantref Adventure Farm, and the Play Barn Brecon make for a fantastic family day out in South Wales! From shows at Cantref including Pony Rides, Pig Racing and Pet Handling, with The Play Barn at Brynich being an award winning indoor soft play centre on the edge of Brecon!

Learn the ways of survival
The Brecon Beacons National Park is an area rich in vegetation, wildlife and woodland.  It’s where the elite SAS army go to learn about survival, and the mountainsides, forests, hedgerow and rivers are full of wild foods that are quite edible. The landscape in the Brecon Beacons is perfect for foraging and there are plenty of friendly experts with unsurpassable local knowledge waiting to help you learn food foraging and outdoor skills! Click here for more.

Do more exercise
The Brecon Beacons National Park is the perfect place to enjoy cycling! We have lots of different terrain to explore, including towpaths, lanes and hillside tracks for all abilities! Cycling gives you healthy exercise, relieves stress and allows you to spend time in the fresh air with family and friends. Find out more here. 

Read more books
The Brecon Beacons National Park is full of unique bookshops-giving you no excuse to not read more! Visit Hay on Wye, known as the the town of books, to   . Or pop into Book-ish in Crickhowell, where you will find plenty of books to choose from! The Hours in Brecon also have plenty of books to inspire your resolution-it’s a great to read over a slice of cake and coffee!

Take more photographs
The Brecon Beacons has some great spots to photograph! Climb up Pen Y Fan to capture epic views of the Park or visit Llangorse Lake and Dan Yr Ogof Caves for some great shots of our natural wonders. Why not join Creative Photography Wales to develop your skills? They have workshops available in August 2018! Click here to find out more.

Enter into a challenge
There are many challenges being held throughout the year in the Brecon Beacons. From the challenging Fan Dance consisting of a gruelling 24km SAS Selection test march staged over Pen y Fan to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon, a 35 Mile Team Endurance Challenge along one of the most Scenic Canal Routes in Britain! There’s plenty more to get your heart racing-Bwlch with AltitudeBrecon BeastWAAT4 and the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling. Keep an eye out for more challenges here.

Expand your knowledge of the National Park
As with the rest of Wales, the Brecon Beacons has many stories to tell. You can search for the cave where Arthur and his knights are said to slumber, somewhere near Dinas Rock, or visit Craig y nos Country Park to admire the former estate of Adelina Patti, the most famous Opera Diva of the Victorian age. If you visit Tretower Court, keep an eye out for the ghostly White Lady who waits for her love to return from the battle of Agincourt. You may even feel the wind on your face as the hunt goes by with King Arthur’s men in hot pursuit of the giant, enchanted boar Twrch Trywth.

Award-winning author Horatio Claire has re-imagined all these local legends and re-told them in a new book: Brecon Beacons, Myths & Legends, which is also worth checking out.

Treat loved ones to flowers
The Old Railway Line Garden Centre is a family run, independent Garden Centre, Farm Shop and Restaurant combined, offering the very best gardening, home and outdoor living products alongside delicious, fresh, locally produced food and drink. The garden centre is situated in the heart of the picturesque Wye Valley, nestling at the foot of the Black Mountains with outstanding views of the Brecon Beacons and surrounding Radnorshire Hills. They have a florist, farm shop, restaurant, gift shop, with  plenty of events being held at the Garden Centre. Click here for events held this summer.

Relax by having spa day
Here in the National Park we are lucky to have some fabulous spa hotels, retreats and clinics in beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Head to Peterstone Court to relax in the Jacuzzi, detox in the sauna and take a dip the seasonal outdoor heated pool or visit The Manor for a swim in the only indoor heated swimming pool and leisure facilities in the nearby area, with sauna, Jacuzzi, and steam pool at your disposal. The Retreat Brecon also provides treatments and therapies, incuding massage and spray tanning. More info here.

Learn a new skill
Why not learn how to craft your own chocolate at a workshop? Learn some of the essential skills of making fresh, handmade fine chocolates at Black Mountain Gold ChocolateThe Chocolate Making Courses are held in the beautiful surroundings of Black Mountain Gold Luxury Shop and manufacturing room.  The course covers topics such as: Introduction to truffle making, Hand rolling and piping ganache, Mouthfeel and cocoa butter and chocolate moulding techniques! 

Treat your dog!


Credit: Anthony Pease

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an exhilarating environment to explore with your dog! Explore mountains and streams, walk along the canal and rivers and experience some of the finest views! Click here for some of our top spots to take your dog! And if you don’t have a dog, don’t worry-these walks are great to do with family and friends!

Happy New Year!

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16 pictures that will make you want to visit the Brecon Beacons

With mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, lively waterfalls and vibrant communities, the Brecon Beacons National Park has masses to offer residents and visitors. We have a long and colourful history and a rich and varied mythology and culture.

Here are 16 photos that will make you want to book your stay in this beautiful part of Wales today!

1. Pen Y Fan

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2. The River Usk


3. Capel Y Ffin


Credit: Visit Wales

4. Llangorse Lake


5. Llyn Y Fan Fawr


Photo Credit: Grant Hyatt

6. Llangattock Escarpement

7. The Skirrid

8. Our Caves

9. Waterfall Country

10. Our Dark Skies

11. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

12. Our Castles

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Carreg Cennen Castle by GST Photography

13. Our Woodlands

14. The River Wye

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15. Pontsticill Reservoir

 16. Cribyn

Book your stay today!



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Boxing Day Walks

If you’re looking to burn off the few added calories after Christmas, the Brecon Beacons provides the perfect place to venture out and go for a scenic walkThe Central Beacons is the highest mountain range in southern Britain. Many walkers make for the famous twin summits of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du for challenge and adventure. However, the 520 square mile extent of our Park also contains three other upland areas, the Black Mountain range, the Fforest Fawr massif and the Black Mountains, all with their own distinctive character and spectacular walking potential.

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
The canal offers a wonderfully scenic and varied walk, with stunning views and lots of wildlife along the way. It’s a perfect spot for a relaxing stroll after Christmas Day. Click here for a walk along the canal from Crickhowell.

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Canal and River Trust

Mynydd Illtud, Libanus
This is a simple, straightforward walk across a high common, with excellent views of the snowy hills throughout. It culminates in a short but steep ascent to an iron age hill fort, where there are stunning panoramic views that are sure to take your breath away.

The Bryn, The Black Mountains
Starting from the Talybont dam along part of the Henry Vaughan trail, this route goes through beechwoods and fields around the base of the Bryn. Then out onto open moorland to the summit with its fantastic view and majestic Beacons backdrop.

Usk Valley near Crickhowell
Take a tranquil stroll along lanes, footpaths and the canal and make sure you fit in time to enjoy a flask of tea and a snack. Or choose from one of the many friendly pubs along the canal, all dog friendly of course

Brecon and Monmouthsire Canal © Kevin Walker

Or check out these walks of different lengths:

Short Walks
You don’t have to go far for a great walking experience in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our collection of walks measuring three miles or less offers the perfect way to dip into our great outdoors.

These walks can be taken at a relaxed pace and are ideal for novice walkers. While they are short, please make sure you are fully prepared before you set out. Weather conditions will have an impact and the ground could be wet or muddy. Wear comfortable clothes that enable you to move freely, and flat shoes or boots with grip on the soles. Find the collection of walks here

Moderate Walks
If you’re looking for a slightly more  substantial experience, our collection of walks between three and seven miles in length has something for you.

Riverside rambles, rocky geotrails and sky-high mountain views all feature. A few contain some fairly sharp gradients, so make sure you wear solid shoes or boots with good grips. Find the moderate walks here

Long walks
If you want to really stretch your legs, this is the perfect place to start. Our collection of walks measuring nine miles or more comes complete with testing climbs, steep descents and challenging terrain – as well as spectacular, super-sized Brecon Beacons views.

If you’re tackling one of our longer routes, make sure that you’re fully prepared. Check out our information on walking safely to ensure that you have everything you need for an enjoyable trip. Find out the routes here.

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