Breacon Beacons walking vacation, Wales

“Self guided walking through Wales’ Breacon Beacons and Black Mountains, going at your own pace, with detailed maps and notes to guide and illuminate.”


Crickhowell | four full day walks & one short evening walk | maps, route notes and commentaries | Breacon Beacons | Black Mountains | Llangattock | accommodation in an old coaching inn | English breakfasts

Description of Breacon Beacons walking vacation, Wales

This Breacon Beacons walking vacation in Wales offers superb walking in one of Britain's most beautiful national parks. The itinerary can be adapted to suit your individual requirements, including your preferred grade of walking. With our tailor made vacations, you also have a choice of accommodation.

This short vacation explores the best that this region has to offer with contrasting walks in both the eastern and western parts of the park. Enjoy being 'on top of the world' with magnificent views on southern Britain's highest peaks on one day. Then, another day, the best of the softly rounded Black Mountains in arguably the most beautiful valleys in the National Park.

This is a self guided vacation, with all the walks expertly crafted so you have peace of mind, knowing that all routes have been thoroughly researched by us and tested by numerous walkers – you won’t get lost. Routes pass through the most tranquil and beautiful scenery imaginable, well away from the crowds. We include a marked-up Ordnance Survey map in your pack with a waterproof map case, and printed commentaries highlighting features of special interest to provide you with an understanding of the area’s history, culture and natural environment. Stay at a wonderfully atmospheric old coaching inn renowned for its historic character, dating back to 1432. It has an award winning restaurant. Alternative B&B accommodation is also available.

You have the freedom to choose your own dates, walk at your own pace, linger as long as you like over lunch and, on some walks, visit places of interest. The routes are selected for their accessibility and suitability for anyone of average fitness, able to walk around eight miles on hilly terrain for up to four hours with a break for a picnic lunch. As this is hill country, ascents and descents are to be expected.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Settle into your accommodation, enjoy our short guided walk around Crickhowell followed by dinner in the Bear Hotel’s award-winning restaurant.
Day 2:A short drive by car or taxi to the start of your first delightful excursion into one of the remotest recesses of the Black Mountains. The outward leg involves a modest, fairly short ascent up a grassy slope to enjoy a gentle ridge walk with superb views. Reaching an isolated mountain pass at the head of the Grwyne Fechan valley, we recommend lunch in an idyllic spot at 2,000 ft, surrounded by lofty peaks and distant views over the Wye Valley. This is Black Mountains walking at its best. After lunch, you descend gently down the hillside, above tumbling water, to the beautiful, remote Grwyne Fechan valley below. The path is easy, a path of springy turf, delightful walking, before finally crossing the river at Tal-y-maes Bridge to The Hermitage and your awaiting transport. (8.5 miles, 'Moderate' grade)
Day 3:Today the drive to the Mountain Centre, the starting point of today’s walk, will take you through diverse landscapes. To start the walk, you cross a stretch of ancient heathland before the path starts to meander through a beautiful valley dotted with small farms and woodlands which stretch like long green fingers into the heart of the mountains. Today a different aspect of the Brecon Beacons unfolds before you as you ford streams and cross green and gold meadows with the steep slopes of Fan Frynych rising above you. You'll follow a winding path on an easy gradient to reach our recommended picnic spot below the high peaks, marvelling at the scenic splendour and beautiful remote valleys below. Buzzard, sparrowhawk or kestrel provide an aerial display. Wind down easily on a grassy path to the flat expanse of the common below to rejoin the moorland path back to the Mountain Centre, a fitting finale to this wonderful walk. Here enjoy tea in the award-winning tearooms, while continuing to enjoy the surrounding superb mountain views. (Picnic lunch available from the Mountain Centre). (8 miles, 'Moderate' grade)
Day 4:After a very scenic drive, gradually ascending 1,300 feet in your vehicle, the easy way to gain the tops, you will arrive at the start of the walk. Superb walking follows up to the highest peaks in southern Britain. Following a steep but relatively short climb, punctuated with stops to read our commentaries and get your breath back, you'll arrive at the beginning of one of the UK's finest walks. Once up the remaining gradient is gentle. You'll cruise easily along the finest ridge walk imaginable, never dropping below 2000 feet, to the broad summit plateau of Corn Du. Then to the majestic peaks of Pen y Fan and the Cribyn, with the option to bypass either or both peaks if you prefer. As you look down on the lonely lakes below and the scooped-out valleys, you feel you are standing on top of the world. The views which extend to the Malvern Hills, the Bristol Channel and the hills of Somerset and Devon are truly awesome. Seeing buzzards, raven, or red kite circle overhead, you'll feel the presence of nature in the raw. This is mountain walking at its best, physically exhilarating and spiritually uplifting. Finally you'll descend grassy slopes to join an old Roman road back to your transport. (Picnic lunch today which can be purchased in the village.) (8 miles, 'Moderate' grade)
Day 5:Today you walk from the hotel, exploring Crickhowell itself, its Norman castle and beautiful 16th century bridge spanning the River Usk. Then on to join a picturesque stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal before crossing rolling meadows towards the Llangattock Escarpment. From these spectacular uplands you'll look down over open hillsides to a patchwork of lowland fields dotted with farms and villages below, a backcloth of dramatic peaks beyond. You'll encounter long-abandoned quarries, culminating in a series of caves, the fascinating historical remains of a hugely-important quarrying industry that once dominated these hillsides. Finally, your descent to Crickhowell via the village of Llangattock is a gentle and relaxing finale to two days of scenic splendours. (8 miles, ‘Moderate’ grade)

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Breacon Beacons walking vacation, Wales


Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we encourage the use of public transport; if that is unavailable we recommend local transport companies to reach the start of the walk. We aim to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local rural economy. We accommodate our walkers in a small local inn or B&B, all being family run and central to the life of the village. They employ local people and prepare meals from locally grown produce as far as possible.

In our small home office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We keep our customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.


We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In choosing to lunch at local restaurants we are patronising establishments which employ staff from the local rural community. Where no pub or restaurant is available as on the Brecon Beacons walks, we recommend purchasing supplies at the village shop in Crickhowell or at the Mountain Centre.

We choose the best walks available which may not always start directly from a railway station or hotel. Therefore provision has to be made to transport people to and from the start of the walks. To achieve this we employ local minibus and taxi companies. Over the years we bring repeat business to them.

Bringing people to a new region, arranging their accommodation and food, transporting them from place to place, walking the ancient footpaths, visiting their pubs and restaurants and teaching through carefully-researched commentaries something about the area’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place.


This carefully-researched and crafted walking vacation in a special landscape of the UK, promotes appreciation, respect and enjoyment of the countryside through informative commentaries. These commentaries relate to history, rural life and traditions, flora and fauna, geology and literature.

We walk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We describe the views to be seen from the high points and our walkers always enjoy seeing the distant route they took earlier in the walk. We always explain something of the history of the area we are visiting and introduce into the walks topics of a literary nature such as poems, references to writers associated with an area and examples of the soothing power of nature.

We share knowledge about features of architectural interest and geological interest. For example, we may explain about the chalk downland turf or archeological features such as barrows and earthworks and explain how the land we see today has been shaped by the past. Or we may explain about a national trail, its history and its significance today. We include references to the economic importance of, for example, chalk, hardwood, coppices.

1 Reviews of Breacon Beacons walking vacation, Wales

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Most of my walking was in mid to late Oct. so unfortunately, I did not have the best of weather. Regardless on clearer moments, the terrain was gentle and the views spectacular especially in the Gower and Pembrokeshire. Memories for me are usually in the journey versus destination, so the most memorable was the generosity and friendliness of the accommodation hosts and locals that helped along the journey.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be aware that this s not a budget as per Responsible Travel website. The quoted prices all include a breakfast but additional costs for lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and transport could easily add another £40-50 per person per day. For solo travelers, £175-200 and for couples £300 per day should be budgeted. I'm Canadian and with exchange, multiplying by at least 1.75, these were very expensive days.

Transportation can be limited in off season (Oct-?), but hosts can be helpful and accommodating. Trails are well marked, grassy underfoot but can be muddy and wet on footwear.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It benefited the locals as the accommodation was with family owned businesses rather than the corporates. As this is walking trip the environmental and conservation are all part of this mode of travel.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A fair to good vacation...I did not have my own transport. Off season transportation schedules can be inconvenient, as can availability of services. I have travelled to many parts of the world and my 3 walks, a total of 11 days was the most expensive per day travel, that I have ever experienced. It was not budget travel (Pembrokeshire walks) as promoted on the website.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the spectacular scenery which is such a feature of our walks in Northumberland, Gower and Pembrokeshire.

We have passed on to our accommodation providers your appreciation of their generosity and friendliness.

For other travelers, it’s important to clarify that the ‘budget’ category attached to the Pembrokeshire short break related to a cheaper B&B option at £237 per person for 3 nights but there was no availability for your dates. You stayed at the 5-star luxury award-winning B&B. The price you were charged is the one you were quoted and accepted for two people sharing. It was very unfortunate that your companion cancelled at the last moment as this considerably increased your total expenditure. Your bookings thus changed to single occupancy of double rooms and the Terms & Conditions of the accommodation providers involved did not allow the refunds you requested. They were also unable to refund you for adverse weather conditions; it was unfortunate too that you did not experience better
weather in Northumberland.

With regard to the extra costs you quote, these are dependent entirely on your own choices for lunches, snacks, drinks and dinners. All essential costs were included such as taxis where bus transport was unavailable. Your accommodation was, as you kindly state, much appreciated by you and your entire vacation was tailor-made to your requirements. You received 11 booklets with comprehensive route directions and commentaries, 3 marked-up maps, map case, tailor-made itineraries, travel directions and all the information you could possibly require.

Thank you for your booking, for your updates and photographs and we wish you well on your continued travels to India and Sri Lanka.

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