Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE 29.05.2020

Following the First Ministers statement today, we’d like to remind everyone that Wales is still in lockdown for the weekend ahead and that only essential travel is permitted. We, like the First Minister are relying on the people of Wales’ ‘willingness to do the right thing’, and thank you for continuing to do so.  For the time being that all the visitor ‘hot spots’ remain closed, along with car parks and toilets, whilst the majority of our rights of way network remains open for exercise from your doorstep. A full list of closures can be found: https://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/list-of-brecon-beacons-national-park-closures/

The National Park Authority is making plans for when the lockdown can start to ease, following the Welsh Government traffic light system and combined with our responsibilities under the Health Protection Regulations 2020. As and when Welsh Government announces further relaxations we will need time to implement any changes and update signage on the ground. We anticipate that it could take 7-10 days to effect these changes behind any announcements from government and we would ask for your patience as we prepare to keep our residents, visitors and staff safe yet active.

UPDATE 22.05.2020

Joint Statement from the Welsh National Parks

Welsh National Park Authorities issue a call for continued patience amidst fears of a busy Bank Holiday weekend

Wales’ three National Park Authorities have thanked the public for adhering to government guidance in recent weeks and have called for continued patience this weekend to stay home and stay safe.

While Wales remains in lockdown, there are increasing fears that people will ignore Welsh Government regulations and attempt to access popular National Park hot spots over the Bank Holiday weekend, putting the Park’s fragile rural communities at greater risk.

The Park Authorities are reminding all UK residents to remember that Wales is still in lockdown with only essential travel permitted, therefore people are unable to drive to visit any of the Welsh National Parks.

Cllr. Paul Harries, Chair of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority said:

“We have seen on the ground that the messages clearly stated by Welsh Government are getting through and that in general people are staying at home to stay safe and only exercising from their doorstep, however there have been exceptions.

 “National Parks depend on our visitor economies, but during these unprecedented times we are telling people to stay at home to stay safe and visit later. If not, there is real concern that our health services will face increased pressure and social distancing measures will not be followed.”

Meanwhile Cllr. Gareth Ratcliffe, Chair of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority who represents an area bordering with England in the Brecon Beacons National Park says: “The difference between regulations in England and Wales has presented local challenges. Our communities are working hard to look after each other and we are grateful to all those following the rules for Wales and keeping our fragile rural communities safe.”

Mr. Owain Wyn, Chair of Snowdonia National Park said:

“We understand that people are missing the Welsh National Parks and may be tempted to come here but please do not. It is a critical time for our communities and health services here in north Wales as we are only now reaching the peak of Covid-19 cases. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe, safe for you and safe for our communities”

Under Welsh Government regulations, the National Parks in Wales have closed a number of sites, including the Coast Path in Pembrokeshire, Snowdon in Snowdonia and Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. These and other sites are closed as they present a risk in terms of the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

Park Authorities are urging people to continue to respect the differences between Wales and England and to stay at home, stay safe and protect the NHS.

UPDATE 15.05.2020

Wales is still in lockdown https://gov.wales/coronavirus
We are aware there is some confusion around the National Park Closures. This is a national emergency. Whilst residents living in rural areas such as the National Park might not feel the weight of the national emergency, the number of confirmed cases in South Wales has been much higher. Any relaxation of the lockdown, therefore, would risk increasing the rate of infection within the Park because as soon as the lockdown was relaxed, people would be on the move and we would not be able to prevent that or the increased risk of infection to the Park’s residents that would follow. Whilst some people are clearly concerned about the impact of the lockdown on their use of the countryside, other residents are content with the lockdown and would be equally anxious if it was to be lifted close to where they live, they are just not as vocal on our social media.

Just 235 km (12%) of the Public Rights of Way network in the Park has been closed under The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and these are limited to those routes within or leading to the popular hotspots and areas where visitors might congregate and increase the spread of the virus. Most of the Public Rights of Way in the Park remain open and have remained open throughout the current lockdown for local use. Residents are free to find out where these are locally to them. All of the Park’s urban commons remain open (Mynydd Llangattock, Mynydd Llangynidr and Pen y Crug), as do most of the open access forestry sites managed by Natural Resources Wales along with the Monmouthshire to Brecon Canal towpath. So where these sites and Public Rights of Way are within walking distance of a person’s house, they are available for exercise. It is of course up to individuals to observe safe social distancing and follow personal hygiene guidelines.
We are reviewing the closures on a weekly basis and in line with Welsh Government guidance, our conclusion to date has been that: to change things would cause confusion, increase the risk of transmission of the virus and cause anxiety in the community.

Please see the list of closures here – List of Brecon Beacons National Park Closures and our full rationale here – Closure Rationale

UPDATE 12.05.2020

Welsh National Park Authorities issue clear message to respect Welsh Government Guidance

Wales’ three National Park Authorities have welcomed new Welsh Government guidance reinforcing the need for people in Wales to stay at home, stay safe and protect the NHS.

The Park Authorities are also calling on all UK residents to respect rules and measures in place in Wales to protect everyone, and will be making significant efforts with their partners, this week to ensure that the correct information is reaching people.

Speaking of the revised guidance, Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Tegryn Jones said: “The clear measures announced by Wales’ First Minster Mark Drakeford on Friday apply to those living in Wales as well as those planning on travelling across the border into Wales.

“In Wales the lockdown continues and you should stay at home unless you are undertaking essential activities. This also means you should not drive to exercise, and only exercise from home, whilst following the Countryside Code.

“For those who do not live within walking distance the message from us is clear – do not visit Wales’s National Parks until the Welsh Government’s guidelines to avoid unnecessary travel in Wales have been lifted.

“We appreciate that the restrictions are challenging for people, but keeping our residents, visitors and staff safe is the first priority. When the time is right we look forward to welcoming you back to the National Parks of Wales and most importantly doing this at a time when we can keep everyone safe.”

The most popular rural hotspots in Wales including Snowdon, Pen y Fan and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path will remain closed using Welsh Government legislation until it is deemed safe to reopen them.

Emyr Williams, Chief Executive of Snowdonia National Park said:

“These measures in Wales mean that people cannot drive to exercise in Wales – no matter where they live – and there will continue to be no parking or access to the most popular sites in the Welsh National Parks.

“We urge visitors planning on coming to climb Snowdon or any other popular peaks and sites to follow government guidance, to stay at home and exercise in their local area – please don’t make a wasted journey. We will continue to review closures on a weekly basis and will only open sites when it is safe to do so.”

Julian Atkins, Chief Executive of Brecon Beacons National Park said:

“Exercise in the outdoors is hugely beneficial for physical and mental well-being and this has been recognised by Welsh Government in their minor amendments to legislation on Friday that now allow people to exercise from their doorstep more than once a day.

“We hope we have clarified the differences between Wales and England and we thank you for staying home, staying safe and protecting the NHS.”

More information on closures as well as changes to National Park services can be found here:

Snowdonia: www.eryri.llyw.cymru/coronavirus

Brecon Beacons:  https://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk
Pembrokeshire: www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales

UPDATE 14.04.2020

We have reviewed our closures in-line with Welsh Government lockdown policy and the closures listed below will remain in place at this time. We’re looking forward to welcoming people back to the National Park and we will continue to review our closures weekly in-line with the timetable Welsh Government puts forth over easing the restrictions. In the meantime please stay home, stay safe.

Updated list of Brecon Beacons National Park Closures

Access land/public paths closed by virtue of The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020

BB-1  Central Beacons

All areas of access land, above the hill fence, comprising of the Central Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Bîg, Waun Rydd, Allt Lwyd, Torpantau, Pant y Creigiau, Bryniau Gleision, Cefn yr Ystrad, Cefn Cil-Sanws, Garn Ddu, Cefn Car, Waun Wen, Waun Lysiog, Twyn Mwyalchod, Graig Fan Ddu, Gwaun Taf, Gwaun Perfedd, Cefn Crew, Tyle Brith, Pen Milan, Y Gyrn, Cefn Cwm Llwch, Bryn Teg, Cefn Cyff and including all public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways within those area. In addition, the Storey Arms car park

BB-2  Waterfalls Country (Pontneddfechan, Ystradfelte and Penderyn)

All areas of access land in the Waterfall Country and all public footpaths and bridleways located on access land. In addition public footpath no. 17 commencing at Penderyn (SN94481,08918) and leading to Sgwd yr Eira, bridleway no. 32 commencing at Dinas Rock (SN91569,08079), public footpath no. 42 commencing from a point north of Clyn-Gwyn car park (SN91819,10763), public footpath no. 84 commencing from Clyn-Gwyn car park (SN91878,10566), public footpath no. 42 commencing from Cwm Porth car park (SN92825,12370) and public footpath no. 18 commencing from the A4059 near Pant-Garw (SN94432,09959)

BB-3  Black Mountains – East

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within the Black Mountains comprising of Hay Bluff and Ffynnon y Parc and extending south along the Hatterrall Ridge to and including Hatterrall Hill including all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas

BB-4  Black Mountains –Central

All areas of access land, above the hill fence, within the Black Mountains including Waun Fach, Pen y Manllwyn, Y Grib, Rhos Dirion, Twmpa, Waun Croes Hywel, Darren Lwyd, Gadair Fawr, Mynydd Llysiau, Pen Twyn Glas, Pen Allt-mawr, Pen Cerrig-calch, Pen Twyn Mawr, Pen Garreg, Crug Mawr, Blaen yr Henbant, Partrishow Hill, Twyn Talycefn, Y Fan, Bwlch Bach, Bâl Mawr, Bâl Bach, Garn Wen and y Gaer and including all public footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways within those areas

BB-5  Black Mountains – West

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, adjacent to the Black Mountains comprising of Rhos Fach and Rhos Fawr including all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas

BB-6  Offa’s Dyke National Trail

Offa’s Dyke National Trail, above the hill fence where it meets access land, between grid reference SO23868,39549 south of Cadwgan (Hay-on-Wye) and SO32447,22753 west of Trewyn Farm (Pandy)

BB-7  Mynydd Du

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within the Black Mountain and the Western Great Forest including Mynydd Bach Trecastell, Mynydd Myddfai, Fedw Fawr, Waun Lwyd, Garn Lâs, Twyn yr Esgair, Moel Feity, Bannau Sir Gâr, Fan Brycheiniog, Waun Haffes, Cefn Twrch, Garreg Las, Waun Fignen Felen, Carreg Goch, Dorwen ar Giedd, Llorfa, Cefn Carn Fadog, Foel Fraith, Garreg Lwyd, Feol De gar Bedol, Tair Carn, Mynydd Isaf, Drysgol including car parks at Llyn y Fan Fach, Herbert’s Quarry and Brest Cwm Llwyd and all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas

BB-8  Eastern Great Forest and Manor Mawr

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within and adjacent to the Eastern Great Forest and Manor Mawr including Fan Fawr, Rhos Dringarth, Fan Dringarth, Fan Frynich, Twyn Dylluan-ddu, Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, Fan Llia, Waun Llywarch, Ton Teg, Waun Tincer, Mynydd y Garn, Gwaun Cefn y Garreg, Cadair Fawr, Pant y Gadair, Cefn Cadlan, Garn Ddu, Cefn Sychbant and Mynydd-y-glog and all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas

BB-9  Mynydd Illtud

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within Mynydd Illtud including Twyn y Gaer, Allt Lom, Daudraeth Illtud and all public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways within those areas

BB-10 Mynydd Troed, Mynydd Llangors, Pen Tir and Cefn Moel

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, comprising of Mynydd Troed, Mynydd Llangors, Pen Tir and Cefn Moel and all public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways within those areas

BB-11 Skirrid Fawr

Skirrid Fawr (SO32983,17857) and all public footpaths within that area along with public footpath no. 182 which commences from the Old Ross Road at SO32824,16375 to its connection with access land at SO32730,16953

BB-12 Allt yr Esgair

Bridleways nos. 8 and 10 commencing from SO12941,22706 at the A40 layby at Talybryn, Llansantffraed and heading towards Allt yr Esgair

BB-13 Table Mountain, Crickhowell

The area of access land comprising of Table Mountain, Crickhowell and all public footpaths within that area along with public footpath no. 9 between SO22408,19864 and SO22491,20321 and bridleway no. 5 (Cwm Cwmbeth) between SO21956,20081 and SO21826,20885

BB-14 Garn Goch, Bethlehem

Garn Goch, Bethlehem (SN69130,24342) including the public footpath within that area and the car park

BB-15 Carreg Cennen

Carreg Cennen woodland, carpark and circular walk including public footpaths nos. 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38 between SN66512,19093; SN67133,19067 (Hengrofft); SN67663,18906 and SN68862,19062 (Wern-Wgan)

BB-16 The BeaconsWay

The Beacons Way where it crosses any of the above areas along with the section that follows public footpaths nos. 33, 34 and 35 between SN85598,15466 and SN90814,14348 between Penwyllt and Blaen Nedd

Other sites that are closed

BB-17 Craig y Nos County Park

BB-18 Keeper’s Pond (SO25480,20735) and Foxhunter (SO26324,210750) car parks

BB-19 Llangasty Birdhide (SO12651,26224) and car park by Llangasty Church (SO13287,26186)

BB-20 Blaen Onneu car park (SO15712,17087) off the B4560 and Llangattock escarpment car park (SO20919,215391)

BB-21 Picnic site adjacent to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad adjacent to the A470 (SO97129,22174)

BB-22 The National Park Visitor Centre and car park

BB-23 Upper and Lower Blaen-y-glyn car parks at the head of the Talybont valley at SO05645,27599 and SO06321,170444

BB-24 The areas of land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence comprising of the Sugarloaf and the Deri and all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas along with the car parks in the vicinity of the Sugarloaf at y Fro (SO29228,20032) and Llwyn-du (SO28372,16184)

BB-25 Informal car park near Carreg Cennen castle (SN67072,19020)

BB-26 Mynydd Ddu Forest car parks at Blaen Y Cwm (SO25297,28387) and Cadwgan (SO26720,25134)

BB-27 Taf Fechan Forest car parks at Owl’s Grove (SO04872,16259), Pont Cwmyfedwen (SO04235,16399) and Neuadd (SO03768,16960)

BB-28 Garwnant Visitor centre (SO0304,13117) including car park, toilets, play areas and bike trails

BB-29 Car parks in Waterfall Country namely Clun Gwyn (SN91868,10580), Cwm Porth (SN92844,12427), Gwaun Hepste (SN93561,12355), Pont Melin Fach (SN90792,10486) and Dinas Rock (SN91095,07931)

BB-30 Car park at Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve (SN85617,15555)

BB-31 Car park at Glasfynydd Forest, Pont ar Wysg (SN82003,27134)

BB-32 Car park at Cwm Giedd forest (SN79141,12772)

BB-33 Car park at Pen Arthur forest, Llangadog (SN71715,25590)

BB34 Pont-ar-Daf car park adjacent to the A470 (SN98689,19989)

UPDATE 09.04.2020

A letter to the people of Wales

As the Easter bank holiday approaches, we have one message for everyone. Stay home and save lives.

Our public services are working around the clock to care for and keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Frontline workers are putting our health and care first, every day.

We must continue to do everything we can to support them; to protect our NHS and to save lives.

Stay at home and help stop the virus spreading.

We know it’s hard and we want to thank you for sticking to the rules. There are some early signs this is having a positive impact but there’s still a long way to go. We know that staying at home for long periods is difficult and families all over Wales are making many sacrifices every day.

Most people are doing just this, but it’s really frustrating to see some people flouting the rules and putting other people at risk. We are taking action to stop this happening.

These rules are there to protect you and your loved ones. For most people the virus will cause a mild illness, but there’s a large number of people – children, adults and grandparents – who are at risk of serious illness if they are exposed.

Sadly, a lot of people have already died after catching coronavirus. Families across Wales have lost loved ones to this virus – if we don’t act now, even more deaths will follow.

Our actions and decisions over the Easter bank holiday weekend, and in the coming weeks and months, will shape Wales for years to come.

Please – stay home and save lives.

Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales
Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive
Tracey Cooper Public Health Wales Chief Executive
Carl Foulkes Chief Constable, North Wales Police
Mark Collins Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police
Matt Jukes Chief Constable, South Wales Police
Pam Kelly Chief Constable, Gwent Police
Andrew Morgan WLGA Leader, on behalf of all Welsh Local Authorities
Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales
Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys
Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent
Jason Killens, Chief Executive, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Ruth Marks, Wales Council for Voluntary Action Chief Executive
Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Hugh Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Julian Atkins , Chief Executive, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Emyr Williams, Chief Executive, Snowdonia National Park Authority

UPDATE 03.04.2020

Closure Rationale in relation to The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020

In response to queries the Authority is receiving regarding the closures it has introduced as part of the national effort which is underway to tackle the spread of coronavirus this statement seeks to explain the rationale behind the closures which have been introduced.

We have sought to close those locations (mountain summits, ridges, picturesque parts of the Park) which serve as attractants to visitors along with the principal routes by which these locations are accessed, together with the main car parks which serve them.  The aim has been to get the message across that we are closed to visitors and that people should not be using their cars to enjoy a walk in the countryside.  While the same rationale has been applied in each of the 3 Welsh National Parks its expression on the ground is different because of our differing geographies. In the Brecon Beacons, the reason that the areas which are closed are quite large is that many of the attractants are also CROW Access land and common land.  We cannot easily regulate or restrict access to some parts and not others by their very open nature (we cannot fence sections off for example).  We cannot also easily distinguish between local residents and visitors or anticipate demand at particular locations on particular days.

Most of our lowland ROW network remains open for local use and experience to date is that this is not leading to problems of congestion or people unable to avoid the 2m distancing rule.  Indeed residents appear to be adjusting well to using routes they might not normally use. This approach is entirely consistent with the unofficial but sensible comments from Government that for most people a walk of about an hour from your doorstep is reasonable and sufficient daily exercise.  We are all having to curtail our normal recreational activities and we should all be doing our bit to support the movement restrictions which are in force.

The objective of government is to prevent the spread of the virus from household to household and at this stage we consider it to be too early to consider any relaxations of the closures now in force.  In light of revised regulations being issued last week and as a result of clear guidance being issued by the Canal & River Trust we have kept the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Towpath open for limited use only.

We are assessing the closures on a weekly basis but plan to formally review them at the first review point (April 15th) in consultation with Welsh Government. We would welcome representations from local residents regarding any particular difficulties the current closures are causing in terms of being able to undertake reasonable daily exercise from home.

As a National Park Authority charged with promoting the conservation and enjoyment of our designated landscape we have not taken the decision to close the areas we have lightly.  The have been subjected to an internal review process across the Authority and arrived at following due consideration of the regulations and their objectives.

In establishing this rationale we are having to take into account the following:

  • The situation is grave and the number of deaths being recorded daily in the UK continues to rise at an alarming rate.  In this context the need to regulate where people might seek to take exercise is important.
  • The science underpinning the guidance is continually evolving (there is now evidence for example that maintaining social distancing of 2m may not be sufficient).
  • As a public sector organisation we have a job to do in a national emergency.
  • The need to keep most of the PRoW network open for essential use by local residents.
  • We are having to balance calls for the closures to be relaxed alongside calls for there to be tighter restrictions.
  • Making vehicle journeys for exercise can only be considered to be non-essential travel.
  • Access into upland areas is usually achieved by driving to a start point in the countryside from locations either inside or outside the National Park and these car parking points are likely to result in gatherings of more than two people which cannot be controlled without closures.
  • We are taking local communities’ interests as a whole into account because it’s the local communities that are put at risk by people visiting hotspots.
  • Cafes, pubs, restaurants, leisure centres etc. are closed and these closures have been accepted.  Access to the countryside is no different.
  • The Park is here for everyone and it is being managed on behalf of everyone.

Our observations to date are that the regulations are working; the hotspots are quiet.  There are very few people anywhere on the Canal, which remains open, or around Brecon for example (the most densely populated area).  These observations as well as community feedback are demonstrating that people can adjust.

UPDATE 27.03.2020

Updated list of Brecon Beacons National Park Closures

Access land/public paths closed by virtue of The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020

BB-1  Central Beacons

All areas of access land, above the hill fence, comprising of the Central Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Bîg, Waun Rydd, Allt Lwyd, Torpantau, Pant y Creigiau, Bryniau Gleision, Cefn yr Ystrad, Cefn Cil-Sanws, Garn Ddu, Cefn Car, Waun Wen, Waun Lysiog, Twyn Mwyalchod, Graig Fan Ddu, Gwaun Taf, Gwaun Perfedd, Cefn Crew, Tyle Brith, Pen Milan, Y Gyrn, Cefn Cwm Llwch, Bryn Teg, Cefn Cyff and including all public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways within those area. In addition, the Storey Arms car park

BB-2  Waterfalls Country (Pontneddfechan, Ystradfelte and Penderyn)

All areas of access land in the Waterfall Country and all public footpaths and bridleways located on access land. In addition public footpath no. 17 commencing at Penderyn (SN94481,08918) and leading to Sgwd yr Eira, bridleway no. 32 commencing at Dinas Rock (SN91569,08079), public footpath no. 42 commencing from a point north of Clyn-Gwyn car park (SN91819,10763), public footpath no. 84 commencing from Clyn-Gwyn car park (SN91878,10566), public footpath no. 42 commencing from Cwm Porth car park (SN92825,12370) and public footpath no. 18 commencing from the A4059 near Pant-Garw (SN94432,09959)

BB-3  Black Mountains – East

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within the Black Mountains comprising of Hay Bluff and Ffynnon y Parc and extending south along the Hatterrall Ridge to and including Hatterrall Hill including all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas

BB-4  Black Mountains –Central

All areas of access land, above the hill fence, within the Black Mountains including Waun Fach, Pen y Manllwyn, Y Grib, Rhos Dirion, Twmpa, Waun Croes Hywel, Darren Lwyd, Gadair Fawr, Mynydd Llysiau, Pen Twyn Glas, Pen Allt-mawr, Pen Cerrig-calch, Pen Twyn Mawr, Pen Garreg, Crug Mawr, Blaen yr Henbant, Partrishow Hill, Twyn Talycefn, Y Fan, Bwlch Bach, Bâl Mawr, Bâl Bach, Garn Wen and y Gaer and including all public footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways within those areas

BB-5  Black Mountains – West

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, adjacent to the Black Mountains comprising of Rhos Fach and Rhos Fawr including all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas

BB-6  Offa’s Dyke National Trail

Offa’s Dyke National Trail, above the hill fence where it meets access land, between grid reference SO23868,39549 south of Cadwgan (Hay-on-Wye) and SO32447,22753 west of Trewyn Farm (Pandy)

BB-7  Mynydd Du

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within the Black Mountain and the Western Great Forest including Mynydd Bach Trecastell, Mynydd Myddfai, Fedw Fawr, Waun Lwyd, Garn Lâs, Twyn yr Esgair, Moel Feity, Bannau Sir Gâr, Fan Brycheiniog, Waun Haffes, Cefn Twrch, Garreg Las, Waun Fignen Felen, Carreg Goch, Dorwen ar Giedd, Llorfa, Cefn Carn Fadog, Foel Fraith, Garreg Lwyd, Feol De gar Bedol, Tair Carn, Mynydd Isaf, Drysgol including car parks at Llyn y Fan Fach, Herbert’s Quarry and Brest Cwm Llwyd and all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas 

BB-8  Eastern Great Forest and Manor Mawr

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within and adjacent to the Eastern Great Forest and Manor Mawr including Fan Fawr, Rhos Dringarth, Fan Dringarth, Fan Frynich, Twyn Dylluan-ddu, Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, Fan Llia, Waun Llywarch, Ton Teg, Waun Tincer, Mynydd y Garn, Gwaun Cefn y Garreg, Cadair Fawr, Pant y Gadair, Cefn Cadlan, Garn Ddu, Cefn Sychbant and Mynydd-y-glog and all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas

BB-9  Mynydd Illtud

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, within Mynydd Illtud including Twyn y Gaer, Allt Lom, Daudraeth Illtud and all public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways within those areas

BB-10 Mynydd Troed, Mynydd Llangors, Pen Tir and Cefn Moel

All areas of access land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence, comprising of Mynydd Troed, Mynydd Llangors, Pen Tir and Cefn Moel and all public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways within those areas

BB-11 Skirrid Fawr

Skirrid Fawr (SO32983,17857) and all public footpaths within that area along with public footpath no. 182 which commences from the Old Ross Road at SO32824,16375 to its connection with access land at SO32730,16953

BB-12 Allt yr Esgair

Bridleways nos. 8 and 10 commencing from SO12941,22706 at the A40 layby at Talybryn, Llansantffraed and heading towards Allt yr Esgair

BB-13 Table Mountain, Crickhowell

The area of access land comprising of Table Mountain, Crickhowell and all public footpaths within that area along with public footpath no. 9 between SO22408,19864 and SO22491,20321 and bridleway no. 5 (Cwm Cwmbeth) between SO21956,20081 and SO21826,20885

BB-14 Garn Goch, Bethlehem

Garn Goch, Bethlehem (SN69130,24342) including the public footpath within that area and the car park

BB-15 Carreg Cennen

Carreg Cennen woodland, carpark and circular walk including public footpaths nos. 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38 between SN66512,19093; SN67133,19067 (Hengrofft); SN67663,18906 and SN68862,19062 (Wern-Wgan)

BB-16 The BeaconsWay

The Beacons Way where it crosses any of the above areas along with the section that follows public footpaths nos. 33, 34 and 35 between SN85598,15466 and SN90814,14348 between Penwyllt and Blaen Nedd

Other sites that are closed

BB-17 Craig y Nos County Park

BB-18 Keeper’s Pond (SO25480,20735) and Foxhunter (SO26324,210750) car parks

BB-19 Llangasty Birdhide (SO12651,26224) and car park by Llangasty Church (SO13287,26186)

BB-20 Blaen Onneu car park (SO15712,17087) off the B4560 and Llangattock escarpment car park (SO20919,215391)

BB-21 Picnic site adjacent to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad adjacent to the A470 (SO97129,22174)

BB-22 The National Park Visitor Centre and car park

BB-23 Upper and Lower Blaen-y-glyn car parks at the head of the Talybont valley at SO05645,27599 and SO06321,170444

BB-24 The areas of land including roadside parking areas, above the hill fence comprising of the Sugarloaf and the Deri and all public footpaths and bridleways within those areas along with the car parks in the vicinity of the Sugarloaf at y Fro (SO29228,20032) and Llwyn-du (SO28372,16184)

BB-25 Informal car park near Carreg Cennen castle (SN67072,19020)

BB-26 Mynydd Ddu Forest car parks at Blaen Y Cwm (SO25297,28387) and Cadwgan (SO26720,25134)

BB-27 Taf Fechan Forest car parks at Owl’s Grove (SO04872,16259), Pont Cwmyfedwen (SO04235,16399) and Neuadd (SO03768,16960)

BB-28 Garwnant Visitor centre (SO0304,13117) including car park, toilets, play areas and bike trails

BB-29 Car parks in Waterfall Country namely Clun Gwyn (SN91868,10580), Cwm Porth (SN92844,12427), Gwaun Hepste (SN93561,12355), Pont Melin Fach (SN90792,10486) and Dinas Rock (SN91095,07931)

BB-30 Car park at Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve (SN85617,15555)

BB-31 Car park at Glasfynydd Forest, Pont ar Wysg (SN82003,27134)

BB-32 Car park at Cwm Giedd forest (SN79141,12772)

BB-33 Car park at Pen Arthur forest, Llangadog (SN71715,25590)
BB-34 Pont-ar-Daff car park adjacent to the A470 (SN98689,19989)

UPDATE 25.03.2020

COVID-19 Emergency Measures to footpaths and car parks

UPDATE 23.03.2020

Please see our latest statement here – Brecon Beacons National Park Authority supports Snowdonia National Park Authority’s call on Government

UPDATE 18.03.2020

In response to the Government’s advice to limit social contact due to the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has taken the decision to close its HQ in Brecon from 5pm today (Wednesday 18 March).

Phone lines at all locations will remain open to the public, however we would encourage you to contact us via email – enquiries@beacons-npa.gov.uk

Please follow social media or check our website (www.beacons-npa.gov.uk) for further updates.

We have plans in place to deliver business continuity but there will be some areas of our work which may have to be restricted or delayed. We are following advice from the Welsh and UK Governments in relation to Coronavirus/ Covid-19 and will update our working procedures as and when required.

With regards to the Planning Committee scheduled for Tuesday 31st March, this meeting is cancelled. The National Park Authority meeting scheduled for the same day is being reviewed.

You can keep up to date with information on our website or on our main social media channels on Twitter and Facebook.

***Changes to planning service as a result of Covid-19***

As you can imagine Covid-19 has had an impact on the way the National Park Authority is able to conduct its business.  Most of our staff are now working from home and although most services will be unaffected as a result of this change, we want to make you aware that there may be delays in responding to you as we work adapt to our changing working practice.  We hope you can understand that the changes we are dealing with are as a result of unprecedented worldwide events, and we appreciate your patience and kindness in your contact with us. The following is correct as of 18th March 2020, we will update this page if there are any changes.

  • We are still processing planning applications but we may take longer to reach a decision than we would normally take, and we may be awaiting responses from consultees, therefore in some cases this may be an additional 8 weeks. 
    • We are still providing planning advice over the phone and via email but our face to face meetings and planning surgeries have been suspended until further notice
    • We are suspending pre-application site meetings for the time being, written advice will still be offered, but again we may be delayed in responding to you.
    • You will not be able to come to our Brecon offices to speak to a planner, technician or help desk employee but can contact us by email at planning.enquiries@beacons-npa.gov.uk
    • All communication should be undertaken by email wherever possible as postal communication may be subject to delays
    • The Authority is no longer able to receive cash, cheque or telephone card payments due to the impact of the crisis.  Payment for planning applications can be made via the planning portal or alternatively by BACS transfer – send all invoices, remittances and other correspondence and queries by email to finance@beacons-npa.gov.uk