Beacons Way

The Beacons Way is a 100 mile long waymarked footpath in the Brecon Beacons National Park, running east from Skirrid Fawr and the Black Mountains near Abergavenny to Bethlehem in Carmarthenshire. It’s a strenuous walk and pretty hazardous in poor weather but with plenty to enjoy and explore along the way.

Wales Cottage Holidays offer many properties along the way; at this eastern end see Sugar Loaf Cottage, a one-bedroomed property near Abergavenny on an arable and fruit farm with an 18 hole golf course just 0.5 mile away.

From Skirrid Fawr the route drops down to Llanfihangel Crucorney before joining Offa’s Dyke Path to climb Hatterall Hill. It then runs north along the border for a few miles before descending into the beautiful Vale of Ewyas beside Llanthony Abbey.

To the north of here is The Old Mill, a delightful C17th stone character cottage near Hay-on-Wye, which sleeps up to 6 people in three bedrooms.

After Llanthony the Beacons Way climbs to the ridge below Bal Mawr, makes for the village of Partrishow and over the slopes of Crug Mawr before dropping down towards Llanbedr. It then climbs again to the Iron Age hillfort of Crug Hywel before descending to the town of that name, Crickhowell.

The Way heads north-east to Cwmdu then up onto the southern ridge of Mynydd Llangorse, which it follows south to the village of Bwlch. Crossing the River Usk, the route enters Llangynidr and heads for the top of Talybont Reservoir. It then travels west across the Beacons, taking in the high points of Pen y Fan and Corn Du before dropping down to Storey Arms on the A470.

The town of Brecon itself lies north of here and Wales Cottage Holidays properties in the area include these three properties on the yard of a working stock farm near Brecon: Danycrug Barn sleeping 6; Danycrug (Ground floor) sleeping 4 and Danycrug (First floor) also sleeping 4. As well as being ideally placed for walking Beacons Way, all three cottages are close to Cradoc Golf Club.

Heading northwest to the summit of Craig Cerrig-gleisaid, the Beacons Way comes back south-west and follows a section of the Roman road Sarn Helen before cutting off west to Penwyllt and Craig-y-Nos Castle.

At the nearby village of Abercraf, see 7 Maes y Cribarth, a three-bedroomed cottage near Ystradgynlais, perfect for walking, mountain biking, exploring Dan-yr-Ogof Caves and visiting Henrhyd Waterfalls.

Continuing northwest, the Way passes around the northern edges of the Black Mountain and above Lyn y Fan Fach. A low level alternative runs by Llanddeusant and in the west, the route climbs to romantic Carreg Cennen Castle and Garn Goch and finishes at the village of Bethlehem.