8 Spring Walks with Breathtaking Views

The Brecon Beacons come alive during this beautiful season with frolicking lambs, bluebells bursting in the meadows and many reasons to spend the entire day outside. There are so many places to go for a leisurely walk or challenging hike from the notorious Pen y Fan to the stunning Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal…here are some of our top choices…

1.Pen Y Fan

Pen y Fan is 886 metres high – the highest point in southern Britain.  It is a mountain in every sense of the word. Once reaching the summit you will be treated with 360-degree views of the beautiful Brecon Beacons and beyond! Although some people climb it wearing little more than shirts, shorts, and trainers, this is far from ideal as the weather here can change with frightening speed and ferocity. Route here.

2. Castle Woods at Dinefwr Park and Castle, near Llandeilo

The bluebell display at Dinefwr  Park really is a treat for the eyes and nose. Every spring, Castle Woods is carpeted with thousands of beautiful lilac flowers that grow in a race against time before the leaves return to the towering tree canopy, cutting off the sunlight once more.  Learn all about Dinefwr Castle and enjoy some breathtaking views. Click here to find out more.

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Credit: National Trust

3.National Botanic Garden of Wales

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside in the Western side of the National Park, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic.

Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, a tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year – a perfect place to enjoy a spring walk. Find out more and plan your visit here.

 4. Cwm Oergwm Nature Reserve

Cwm Oergwn nature reserve consists of a narrow band of woodland with glades, that extends for almost a mile along the steep eastern bank of the Menasgin stream.  Click here to find out more.Cwm Oergwm bridge cafe

5. Table Mountain

The pinnacle of the Crickhowell to Table Mountain walk features an Iron Age hillfort, alongside panoramic views of the Usk valley and the Black Mountains. Image result for table mountain brecon beacons

 6. Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

There are so many sights to see walking along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Watch the canal boats glide by, see nature around you and admire the constantly changing landscape.

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Credit: Canal River Trust

7. Llangorse Lake and Bwlch

Bwlch is the home of the now well established Bwlch with Altitude Challenge which takes place every summer and is a 12-mile walk around the lake from Bwlch and Llangorse respectively, contestants enjoy this event seeking out clues and answers to a number of questions set as part of the challenge’s photographic quiz. The communities of Llangorse and Bwlch have developed the new Around Llangorse Lake website to help visitors enjoy this lovely part of the National Park. Check our more awesome walks here.

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Credit: Discover Llangorse and Bwlch

 8. Skirrid 

A gentle stroll around the Holy Mountain during the end of April early May where the westerly slopes are carpeted with bluebells. – Find out more here. 

© Black Mountain Photography

Where to Stay for your visit 

The Brecon Beacons offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all your requirements to make the most of your visit to the National Park! Whether you want to bring your dog along so need pet-friendly accommodation, are bringing your family along or fancied coming with a group of friends there will be somewhere for you!  Plan where you’ll stay here.

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