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Walks in the Brecon Beacons

Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:05 on Friday 05 September 2008

It sounds like a pilgrim route in the Middle East but "The Holy Mountain to Bethlehem" is the name of a walk through the valleys of mid Wales. The 100-mile Beacons Way crosses the entire Brecon Beacons National Park, stretching from the Skirrid (or Holy Mountain) near Abergavenny to the village of Bethlehem on the Carmarthenshire border...


Left: The B&B and medieval ruin at Llanthony Priory

Photo: Richard Hammond


The route takes walkers to some of the lesser known areas of the park as well as to the more well-trodden mountaintop paths. It is divided into eight days, beginning and ending near Abergavenny and Llangadog rail stations, and includes the medieval ruin of Llanthony Priory (above) in the Black Mountains, the heather moorland at Pant Mawr, and Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in "southern" Britain. Bus routes cross the trail at the end of five out of the eight days, at Crickhowell, Bwlch, Storey Arms/ Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, Craig y Nos and Llangadog.


A guidebook for the trail costs £12 and is available from local tourist offices or Walking Wales Magazine (01650 511314).


For where to stay along the way, see: Brecon Beacon Bunkhouses.


For details about getting around the Brecons by bus, see: Beacons Bus.


More information: breconbeacons.org.

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