Across the Rooftops of the Brecon Beacons National Park

The Beacons Way is an outstanding walking holiday in Wales, its untamed mountain scenery a favourite among walkers. Its distinctive tall escarpments encircle scooped out glacial valleys where everything is on such a dizzying scale – meaning there is lots to discover.

Highlights
  • Discover the best of the National Park with a dedicated route
  • See evidence of prehistoric and Roman settlement in the region
  • Take in incredible views from some of the highest peaks in the south of Britain
  • Stumble upon natural lakes and waterfalls hidden in the hills and valleys
  • Return to a warm welcome after a hard days walk in the charming villages along the way
  • Castles, churches and priories are history made manifest on your walk
  • Find peace of mind in a landscape that has been kept wild, unmarked and open
  • 9 to 10 nights
  • 100 mls (view km)
  • Abergavenny, South Wales
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • Mar to Oct
  • £795

 Walking the Beacons Way

The Beacons Way is 100 miles (161km) of mountain walking holiday through the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Walking what is known as the ‘high route' across South Wales, its the ideal landscape for unspoilt beauty and refreshing solitude.

Beginning near Abergavenny, at Ysgyryd Fawr (also known as the Holy Mountain), the walk takes you from the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park to the western boundary. It finishes in Bethlehem - near Llandeilo - where the little village post office does a roaring trade in Christmas cards during December.

Your walk takes you over the Black Mountains, the Central Beacons and Pen-y-Fan (the highest point in Southern Britain), as well as the Carmarthen Fans. The Beacons Way’s route undulates through little towns and hamlets, wherein the weary traveller is always welcome to Welsh hospitality. You pass Celtic hill forts, medieval priories and castles, mountain lakes and reservoirs, including the occasional vineyard. At the end of the day, you may find a local pub serving a welcome pint of Welsh beer - a well earned reward.

Planning Your Walking Holidays in Brecon

The Beacons Way is a trail best suited for experienced and fit walkers and good compass and map-reading skills are essential. This is particularly important as there can be sudden weather changes on high-level routes, and orientation can prove difficult as a result.

Our team would be delighted to talk to you about an itinerary for a walking holiday on the Beacons Way. Please call or email us for further details, using the contact information below.

Celtic Trails is the most experienced walking company in Wales. We are based on the edge of the National Park and our local knowledge is second to none.

Path Walkthrough

Beacons Way walk map
Our Brecon Beacons walking route takes you through the National Park from Llangadog to Abergavenny

Beginning in Abergavenny, your route ascends the summit of the Skirrid and meets part of the Offa’s Dyke path at another climb to Hatterrall Hill. Leaving Llantony, the day begins with a steep ascent along Cwm Bwchal, onto Bal Bach and a slow descent through field into Crickhowell. The next day, to Abercynafon is less strenuous and follows quiet, narrow country lanes.

The walk towards Storey Arms holds spectacular views, but the climb from Blean y glyn to Craig y Fan Ddu is particularly demanding. The route toward Craig-y-nos meets open hills and moorland, before taking you to the highest point on the western side of the Brecon Beacons. Walking to Carregg Cennan will require strong navigational skills as the route is indistinct, but in contrast, the last day down to Bethlehem is arguably the easiest to navigate.

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Beacon's Way Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Abergavenny to Llangadog

Length: 94.65 miles/151.65km | Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

CodeDurationStart Price 
BW1a9 nights, 8 days£795 (pp)View Itinerary
BW1b9 nights, 8 days£805 (pp)View Itinerary

The BW1b itinerary has been put together to reduce mileage for the long strenuous day climbing Craig y Ffan Ddu, Fan y Big and Pen y Fan on Day 5

*omit section of the path with transfer from Llangynidr to Upper Blaen-y-Glyn car park

Abergavenny to Llangadog

Nine nights, Eight days
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: BW1a
Walk Itinerary  
Day 1:Arrive Abergavenny
Day 2:The Holy Mountain (Skirrid) to Llanthony10.6 miles/17km (697m of ascent)
Day 3:Llanthony to Crickhowell12 miles/19.3km (934 of ascent)
Day 4:Crickhowell to Llangynidr12.1 miles/19.5km
Day 5:Llangynidr to Storey Arms14.4 miles /23km
Day 6:Storey Arms to Craig-y-nos14.75 miles/23.7km
Day 7:Craig-y-nos to Llanddeusant10.5 miles/16.8km (780m of ascent)
Day 8:Llanddeusant to Carreg Cennen13.6 miles/21.8km (790 of ascent)
Day 9:Carreg Cennen to Llangadog (via Bethlehem)9.9 miles/15.8km (329m of ascent, +1 mile to accommodation)
Day 10:Depart Llangadog

Itinerary Information: Nine nights accommodation with eight days walking. Arrive in Abergavenny on day one, start walking from morning of day two and depart Llangadog on morning of day ten.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Abergavenny to Llangadog

Nine nights, Eight days
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: BW1b
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Abergavenny
Day 2:The Holy Mountain (Skirrid) to Llanthony10.6 miles/17km (697m of ascent)
Day 3:Llanthony to Crickhowell12 miles/19.3km (934 of ascent)
Day 4:Crickhowell to Bwlch12.1 miles/19.5km
Day 5:Bwlch to Blaen-y-Glyn*7 miles/11.2km (675m of ascent)
Day 6:Storey Arms to Craig-y-nos14.75 miles/23.7km(555m of ascent)
Day 7:Craig-y-nos to Llanddeusant10.5 miles/16.8km (780m of ascent)
Day 8:Llanddeusant to Carreg Cennen13.6 miles/21.8km (790m of ascent)
Day 9:Carreg Cennen to Llangadog (via Bethlehem)9.9 miles/25.8km (329m of ascent)
Day 10:Depart Llangadog

Itinerary Information: Ten nights accommodation with nine days walking. Arrive in Abergavenny on day one, start walking from morning of day two and depart Llangadog on morning of day eleven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible,
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including OL 12 and OL 13 maps, Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.

    Optional:

    If you wish to upgrade your overnight accommodation on occasion, we will be happy to arrange this wherever availability allows – prices to be advised.

  • Price Info.

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.  We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.  But please note that it is difficult to book one night stays in Brecon for a Friday or Saturday (accommodation is booked in Brecon on the night of your walk to Storey Arms). We would recommend that you choose your holiday dates with this in mind, or consider a rest day in Brecon.

    Please note that due to the rural nature of this walk personal transfers are required from the path at certain locations along the route. In such cases transfers between the path and your accommodation will be included in your holiday cost.

    Solo person booking supplement: £35.00 per night 

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

  • Getting There

    By Rail: Railways stations are located in Abergavenny, Llangadog and Llandovery.  The train journey from Llangadog back to Abergavenny is 3 – 3.75 hours.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk 

    By Bus: Bus stations are located in Abergavenny, Brecon and Llandovery

    www.traveline-cymru.info

    Alternatively, a taxi from Llangadog returning to Abergavenny will cost approximately £120.00

  • Best Time to Travel

    Weather conditions in mountainous areas can be changeable, packing a good mix of clothing is probably the best policy for dealing with changes in weather. There's a high chance of fog and what may feel like a gentle breeze on the day may be more difficult to contend with on the ascent.

    This route has been developed as a result of 'Rights to Roam' legislation; consequently, there are parts of the trail that take you over un-marked areas. Therefore, excellent compass and map-reading skills are essential.  This is particularly important as the higher-level routes can experience sudden changes in weather and disorientation can be a problem.

    Average Rainfall Brecon                               Average Sunshine Brecon                                   Average Temperature Brecon

Client Reviews of Beacon's Way

Our past clients rated this walk 4.75 out of 5, read a selection of 2 reviews below.

"A really enjoyable trail, but I was blessed with a period of fantastic weather for walking! Keen to experience the Fforest Fawr area in more challenging conditions to test out my navigational skills! Thanks again Nathan for booking & organising!"

5 out of 5

August 2016

"We think the standard of accommodation was definitely better than we have experienced with other trails. Contact with staff (Nathan) was excellent, probably the best we have had! Overall very pleased."

4.5 out of 5

June 2016

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