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Day one of the Brecon Beacons Super Challenge walk


Mark Rowe, travel writer and seasoned walker, takes on this two-day Super Challenge walk that sees you travel from Brecon to Abergavenny. You will travel over the high mountains and along the tranquil Brecon and Monmouth canal. Day one starts from Brecon and heads into the mountains of the Brecon Beacons.

Walkers on the footpath between Corn Du in the distance and Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales
Explore the Brecon Beacons on this challenging two day walk National Trust Images/Paul Harris


Map route for Day one of the Brecon Beacons Super Challenge walk
Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Brecon, grid ref: SO043286


Follow the road out of town on west end of Brecon along Newgate Street, turning up along Ffrwdgrech Road, with Drovers Arms pub on your right.


At the three fork roads, take the far left. Follow the road up to and over the cattle grid (with the Cwm Gwdi National Trust sign) and continue up pass the car park and onto the hill.

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Once over the second stile, follow the path line up Cefn Cwm Llwch to Pen y fan, which stands at 2,906ft (886m) high.

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Looking at the Pen y Fan sign turn right and head down the ridge, then up to Cribyn. Take the ridge down to the metalled track.

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Head up, taking the contour path of Fan y Big. Just after the large embedded stone on your left (SO041197) - half way around the ridge, take the small track half-right across the moor. This leads to a small cairn and a larger, erratic collection of stones and angular, splintered shards of rock (SO047189). The path keeps ahead and then bears around to the left, joining with a clear track by the waterfalls at Blaen Caerfanell.


Follow this path along the edge of the ridge and down to the car park.


Abergavenny, grid ref: SO298143

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Day one of the Brecon Beacons Super Challenge walk


Some road-walking at the start but mainly mountain paths and forest tracks. Dogs are welcome but must be on short leads near livestock. Sensible walking gear and a map are essential.

Day one of the Brecon Beacons Super Challenge walk

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Day one of the Brecon Beacons Super Challenge walk

How to get here

Brecon, Brecon Beacons, Wales
By train

The closest train station is Abergavenny, 25 miles (40km) from the start.

By road

Take the A40 from east and west and the A470 from north and south, following the postcode LD3 9AL.

By bus

Route X43, Cardiff to Abergavenny, see Traveline-cymru for further information.

Day one of the Brecon Beacons Super Challenge walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs - welcome as long as they are kept under control. Please take any mess home with you
  • Toilets - Pont ar Daf car park (not National Trust)
  • Free parking - Cwm Gwdi, OS: SO024248