COVID-19 Emergency Measures to footpaths and car parks

Posted on 25 Mar 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s decision on March 23rd, to introduce tighter movement restrictions across the UK, and following the irresponsible behaviour of some people last weekend, the National Park Authority, working in cooperation with the local authorities and other partners, has closed those areas of the National Park which are popular with visitors and which pose a risk for the transmission of coronavirus.

These closures ensure that the Authority is complying with the “Health Protection (Coronavirus: Closure of Leisure Businesses, Footpaths and Access Land) (Wales) Regulations 2020” introduced by Welsh Government this week.  The areas affected are listed at the bottom of the page.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Chief Executive, Julian Atkins, said: “The movement restrictions now in force are necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus and it is essential that the public listens and acts immediately to the instructions which have been issued. While we all enjoy getting out into the countryside, locations which attract people to gather or come into contact with each other now pose a risk to our health and it is important that we take the steps necessary to protect lives. We have not taken this decision lightly but these closures are important if we are to play our part in slowing the spread of the virus and they must be respected. The National Park will still be here when restrictions are lifted but for now we must put these closures in place. Many elderly people live in our National Park and access to hospitals and NHS services can be more difficult for some, please help everyone stay safe.”

Please follow Government restrictions and stay at home to save lives and protect our NHS. You are allowed to leave your home only in the following exceptional circumstances:

  • To shop for “basic necessities”, as infrequently as possible.
  • For medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if it is “absolutely necessary”

You can go out to exercise once a day, but this should be close to your home.

The Sites/ Paths/ and Areas of Access Land which are now CLOSED across the Brecon Beacons are:

Brecon Beacons National Park Closures 25.03.20

BB-1 Pen y Fan: Storey Arms Car Park
BB-2 Waterfall Country including Clun Gwyn, Gwaun Hepste and Cym Porth car parks
BB-3 Hay Bluff
BB-4 Waun Fach
BB-5 Talgarth Commons including Rhiw Cwnstabl, Twmpa, Y Grib
BB-6 Grwyne Fawr Reservoir
BB-7 Offas Dyke National Trail
BB-8 Llyn y Fan Fach
BB-9 Mynydd Du (includes Llyn y Fan Fawr, Llyn y Fan Fach, and the Carmarthen Fans)
BB-10 Fan Frynych and Craig Cerrig Gleisiad (Natural Resources Wales)
BB-11 Picnic Site Adjacent to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad on A470
BB-12 Mynydd Illtyd (including Twyn y Gaer)
BB-13 The National Park Visitor Centre, LIbanus
BB-14 Mynydd Troed, Mynydd Llangors, Pen Tir, cefn Moel
BB-15 The Blorenge (Urban Common), includes Keepers Pond and Foxhunter’s Car Parks
BB-16 Pwll du
BB-17 The entrance to Woodland Trust Punch Bowl
BB-18 Blaen y Glyn and the Talybont Valley (Natural Resources Wales)
BB-19 The Sugar Loaf car parks (BBNPA car parks)
BB-20 Llanthony Valley including Capel y Ffin car park
BB-21 Skirrid (National Trust)
BB-22 The Allt
BB-23 Table Mountain, Crickhowell
BB-24 Llangorse Lake
BB-25 Craig y Nos Country Park
BB-26 Garn Goch
BB-27 Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal (Canal & River Trust)
BB-28 Carreg Cennen woodland, and circular walk
BB-29 Llangasty Bird Hide and route from Llangorse to Llangasty church
BB-30 The Beacons Way
BB-31 Hatterrall Hill
BB-32 Blaen Onneu Car park on Mynydd Llangynidr (Urban Common) Llangattock escarpment Car Park (Urban Common)
BB-33 Beaufort road across Mynyddoedd Llangattock and Llangynidr – roadside car park (Urban Commons)
BB-34 Usk Reservoir – private land