Walking Wednesday: Dog Friendly Brecon Beacons

This week’s Walking Wednesday post is from Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages, who recently put together a promotion on dog friendly holidays in the Brecon Beacons. Pets can stay for free in some properties during the month of June.  They’ve selected two dog friendly walks from their list of top ten walks.  You can find more about their dog friendly places and activities here.  It includes best cooling off spots, dog-friendly pubs and restaurants and much more!

Please follow the countryside code at ALL times!

© Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages are a self-catering holiday accommodation provider, established over 30 years ago, near Talybont-on-Usk, managing over 340 properties within the national park and surrounding area. They have an excellent number of high quality properties on their books and offer an excellent service with knowledgeable local staff.

Myndydd Illtyd Common

This is an easy walk that offers some great views of the Brecon Beacons.

We recommend this walk as a dog friendly walk because there is loads of open space, not too strenuous, great for young children and those not up for a hilly climb!  There are lots of options for routes to the top of the common.

© Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

An easy way to get there is to leave Brecon from the Llanfaes roundabout that connects the A40 and A470.  From Brecon take the third exit that goes past the cattle market.

Go along the country road for about 2.5 miles, going past a cattle grid; continue along the same road veering right at the fork.  After the fork find a convenient place to park, by the side of the road.

There are various paths along the common that are easy to spot.  The paths are all short grassed and stand out amongst the high bracken.  Follow the paths, making sure you’re heading in a north direction.  The ascent is very steady and takes about an hour to walk up to the top.  Whilst walking up, look out for the two bogs Traeth Mawr and Traeth Bach.  The bogs have been designated as sites of special scientific interest due to the water having high acidic and alkaline levels, which have influenced the presence of some unique plants.  There is also some belief that an ancient Iron Age village was situated there that may have sunk many centuries ago.  The bogs can be avoided by sticking to the paths.

Towards the top of the peak, you will see a white marker that indicates the highest point around you.  From the marker on a clear day there are fabulous 360 degree views of the area including a wonderful view of Pen-y-Fan.

Myndydd Illtud Common map reference:  OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL 12 / OL13 or Landranger Map 160 / 161 – SO 104 205.

Talybont Reservoir and Forest Circular

Talybont Reservoir © Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

Our second walk is Talybont Reservoir and Forest circular, the walk covers a variety of terrain from forest land to old tram tracks.  It’s a loop around a reservoir that can be extended into the forest and surrounding area.

Talybont reservoir is the largest still water reservoir in the Brecon Beacons, it’s 3km long.
To get there from Brecon or Crickhowell head to Talybont-on-Usk on the A40. When you get to Talybont, aim for the post office, if you are coming from the direction of the Star Inn, take a left over the canal bridge. Continue on the road, past the Brecons Beacons Holiday Cottages offices for about another mile.

After an accent up a steep hill and through some forested land you will see the reservoir ahead. There are quite a lot of lay-bys and car parks along the Talybont to Pontsticill road.

Once you have parked up, walk along the road until you come to signs marking the reservoir footpath, there are various paths markings along the road.  Make sure the path you choose is the circular one and just follow it.  On the Eastern side of the reservoir, walkers can join onto the old Brinore Tramroad and Taff Trail to make the loop a bit longer.
The majority of forest tracks along the reservoir are level, however if you wish to go up the hill the paths get steeper.

The walk is about 3 to 4 miles long, and is easy to do.  Talybont-on-Usk grid reference: Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL 12 / OL13 or Landranger Map 160 / 161 – SO 104 205.

Pets go for free in some properties in June. For more information call 01874 676 446. For a list of dog-friendly holiday cottages visit www.breconcottages.com

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