A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Brecon Beacons (Wales) starting at Brecon, Powys, about 23km (roughly 15 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. The Brecon Beacons National Park gets its name from the four rounded peaks that tower over the town of Brecon - Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big. You can complete a circuit of all four from Brecon, making for a long but satisfying day out. There is no rail link to Brecon, but the town is well served by buses. There are several campsites near the town if you are planning a longer stay. Start: Brecon, OS Grid: SO045285 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: Brecon, OS Grid: SO045285 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 1182m (3878ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 2370m (7777ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 1188m (3899ft)
Max. Elevation: 850m (2788ft)
From the town centre, head over the bridge to Llanfaes.
In Llanfaes, pick up the Taff Trail that heads along Ffrwdgrech Road.. Continue along the road for a couple of kilometres.
Stay on the Taff Trail as it leaves the road and heads across the fields. Pass the Penstar bunkhouse and continue along the road for another half kilometre.
Right, enough of this road nonsense - this is a car-free walk. At Clwydwaunhir, take the footpath heading South into Cwm Llwch and start the climb to Corn Du.
The path is easy to follow, but steep. Keep climbing past Llyn Cwm Llwch, along the Craig Cwm Llwch, to the first summit of the day!
The next summit, Pen y Fan, is a short hop to the Northeast. It's also the highest point of the walk at 886m.
Next stop Cribyn - follow the Craig Cwn Sere ridge which drops steeply then climbs back up the west flank of Cribyn. You can drop down the Bryn Teg from here to Brecon, but seeing as you're here....
...you may as well climb the fourth summit of this fantastic massif. Fan y Big is a short down-and-up via the Bwlch ar y Fan. Now head Northeast along the long shoulder of Cefn Cyff.
At Rhiwiau, follow the narrow road North, then take the footpath to Cantrel.
Another short section of road, then take the bridleway back into Brecon and head for a well deserved pint!
There's lots of good pubs in Brecon if you want a drink, and campsites just outside the town at Brynich Bridge (call 01874 623325) or Bishops Meadow (01874 610000).