Walking in Wales

 

The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain national park is Wales’ Great Outdoors. This green, fresh and stunning landscape of high mountains, lakes, rivers, valleys and forests, attracts walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers, watersports enthusiasts, pony trekkers - and those who simply want to relax in surroundings of great natural beauty.

The Brecon Beacons National Park covers 519 sq. miles (1345 sq. km) from the Wales-England border almost all the way to Swansea. There are four mountain ranges within the park: the Black Mountain (to the west), Fforest Fawr, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains (to the east). Much of the area consists of high, open country with smooth grassy slopes on a bedrock of red sandstone. The park’s southern rim has limestone crags, wooded gorges, waterfalls and caves.

The Black Mountain - A largely unexplored wilderness of knife-edged ridges and high, empty moorland. Fforest Fawr ("Great Forest") - is named after an area that was a medieval royal hunting ground.

Brecon Beacons - Pen y Fan (2907ft - 886m) is the highest point in the Brecon Beacons and South Wales. Its distinctive flat-topped summit is a very popular walk from Storey Arms on the A470

The Black Mountains - form part of the border with England. Hay Bluff (2221ft - 677m) looks out across border country. The area is also famous for two other long distance walks that pass through Hay-on-Wye. The Offa’s Dyke Path runs the length of Wales from Chepstow to Prestatyn tracing the line of the original barrier built by King Offa of Mercia in the 8th century. The other walk being ‘The Wye Valley Walk’ which meanders its way through the beautiful and inspiring countryside of the Wye Valley. The walk begins at the rivers source at Plynlimon to its mouth at Chepstow. For more information on walks in our area click on one of the following links

www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk

www.walkingoffasdyke.co.uk

www.wilderness-wales.co.uk

www.offas-dyke.co.uk

www.brecon-beacons.com

www.wyevalleywalk.org

www.bestwalks.com

www.walkingpages.co.uk

www.countrygoer.org

www.wyevalley.uk.com

www.walkingwales.co.uk

www.walkingbritain.co.uk

www.go4awalk.com

www.wales-calling.com

www.chpwalks.co.uk

www.southernwales.com

www.destinations-uk.com

For weather information for the mountains or the surrounding area click on:

www.metoffice.gov.uk

www.weather.com

www.ukweatherworld.co.uk