Access and Rights of Way


The Brecon Beacons National Park has a wide variety of beautiful countryside. The landscape of the Park is dominated by the open hills and mountains but there is more to the National Park than the high peaks.

The lowland areas are equally exceptional and include hidden waterfalls, rolling farmland, meandering rivers and wooded areas all waiting to be explored.

The diverse landscape means there is something for everyone. Whether you enjoy the challenge of mountain walking or prefer to stroll through fields and woods or beside the canal or river, you will find plenty to do. There is an extensive network of public rights of way covering more than 1,980 kilometers (footpaths, bridleways and byways) in the Park allowing visitors to explore the area not only on foot but also on horseback or by bicycle.

You can also walk freely over large areas of the National Park as a result of Open Access and the CRoW Act.

Temporary footpath closures:

Landslip closes popular route in the Upper Swansea Valley. A major landslip has occurred on the disused railway embankment at GR 865182 between Penwyllt and Bwlch Bryn-rhudd where the railway meets the A4067.
The landslip is on Access Land but access rights have been suspended until the area is stabalised to ensure the safety of the public. It is therefore not possible to walk from Penwyllt to Bwlch Bryn-rhudd on the old railway.
Please on no account approach the landslip which is unstable and further collapse may occur.  Issued 23 September 2010.

Respect, Protect and Enjoy the Countryside

The Countryside Code provides advice for visitors to the countryside, farmers and landowners.  If you follow the Countryside Code you will get the best out of your visit and preserve the countryside for future generations.