The Beacons Circuit, Brecon Beacons

  • Distance

    11 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 55 times

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    A good mix of public footpaths, rugged paths and open mountain

  • OS grid reference

    SO 982203

  • Calories burned


    Enough for a rewarding Sunday roast

Route Info

Starting from the Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre, this lengthy circular walk takes in some of the best scenery the Brecon Beacons has to offer, with plenty of notable landmarks along the way.

You will pass the Tommy Jones on the high ridge above Llyn Cwm Llwch, created to mark the point where a local boy collapsed and died in 1900. You’ll also see the stunning Cym Llwch and scale the iconic Pen-y-Fan.

Bwlch ar y Fan, or ‘The Gap’ as it’s otherwise known is a natural pass between mountains that was turned into a road, most likely by the Romans, and yet another photo moment. The Neuadd reservoirs are also on the way, originally created as a source of water for the industrial valleys to the south.

Kit List

  • Good quality walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rucksack
  • Plenty of food and water
  • Some blister relief is essential
  • Camera - for the several landmarks along the way

Did you know?

At 886m, Pen-y-Fan is the highest mountain in South Wales and Southern Britain, although only 13m higher than nearby Corn Du.

Route Highlight

Cwm Llwch and its lake are one of the many stunning glacial features of the area.

Where to stop

Pen-y-Fan is a distinctive flat-topped mountain with stunning views. A great place to stop for a break, have something to eat and take some photos.