Top 10 Walks: National Parks: Brecon Beacons



by Laura Hodgkinson

This good looking, modern walking book will take you on ten short circular themed walks across South Wales’ ever-popular Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Brecon Beacons was Britain’s 10th National Park, established in 1957 to preserve and highlight the unique landscape of the area. The Brecon Beacons are said to be named after the historical practice of lighting beacons of fire upon hilltops to forewarn neighbouring valleys of invasion. 

The Brecon Beacons cover 1,344 square kilometres / 519 square miles with it’s spectacular waterfalls, valleys and expanse of hilly terrain; the Black Mountain to the west, the Fforest Fawr Geopark, Waterfall Country and the Pen y Fan range at the centre, and The Black Mountains to the east.

The variety of flora and fauna is as vast as the landscape. Rare sub-arctic, alpine plants thrive within this unique climate. Mammals you’re likely to spot include include wild mountain ponies, horseshoe bats, otters and water voles. Often seen birds of prey include the buzzard and iconic red kite.

It’s a wonderful area for walking and for everyone with a love of the outdoors.





Top 10 Walks: National Parks: Brecon Beacons

One of six books in the Top 10 Walks: UK National Parks series

This attractive and beautifully presented guidebook gives readers walks to ten of the best themed walks across the Brecon Beacons National Park, in a popular pocketable format.

Enjoy walks to iconic hill and mountain summits, ridge walks, waterfalls walks, pub walks, tea shop and cafe walks, walks to places of historic interest, and more …

With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, Ordnance Survey maps, superb, eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity, appeal and ease-of-use.


Brecon Beacons: an introduction

Top Ten Walks: National Parks: Brecon Beacons

  1. Fan Brycheiniog & Picws Du — Ridge walk
  2. Henrhyd Falls & Nant Llech — Waterfalls walk
  3. The Four Waterfalls Walk —Waterfalls walk
  4. Pen y Fan Horseshoe — Mountain walk
  5. The Old Electric Shop — Tea shop walk
  6. Hay Bluff & Twmpa — Hill walk
  7. Blorenge — Viewpoint walk
  8. Sugar Loaf — Hill walk
  9. Llanthony Priory —  History walk
  10. The Skirrid Mountain Inn  — Pub walk

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What they say …

“The book is beautifully designed with a two column per page layout affording an easy read of the detailed walking routes.”

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