Walking in the Brecon Beacons

PUBLISHED: 16:13 26 January 2011 | UPDATED: 16:55 20 February 2013

Walking on The Brecon Beacons

Walking on The Brecon Beacons

From its majestic valleys to dramatic waterfalls, high mountain peaks and ridges, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a walkers' paradise

Walking the Beacons

From its majestic valleys to dramatic waterfalls, high mountain peaks and ridges, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a walkers paradise.

These pictures of the views to be seen on rambles there are from a new guide book of 45 contrasting walks for all abilities. Walking on The Brecon Beacons by Andrew Davies and David Whittaker is full of geological, historical and botanical information and is split into four areas: Mynydd Du, Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.

The routes avoid the most poplar walks and take paths through wooded gorges and upland valleys even locals may be unaware of.

Walking on The Brecon Beacons is published by Cicerone priced 12.95.


The Brecon Beacons



  • The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of three national parks in Wales

  • More than half of its 519 square miles are over 100feet above sea level

  • The rocks that shape the park belong to the Old Red Sandstone and were deposited 395-345million years ago in the Devonian period

  • Prehistoric man is know to have settled here since Mesolithic times (Middle Stone Age c6000 BC)

  • Sessile oak, ash and beech woodland developed 7000 to 5000 years ago and still dominate the landscape today

  • The Beacons are alive with birds including buzzards, ravens, dunlin, red and black grouse, woodland birds like tawny owls, woodpeckers and treecreepers and along the river bank there are breeding dippers, goosanders, redstarts and pied flycatchers

    *This route was correct as ofApril 2010*

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