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Upper Tarell Valley walk


Follow this glaciated valley down the 18th-century metalled track that was once the main road from the Midlands to Cardiff.

Take a meandering stroll by the river Tarell

Cross the valley and follow the river Tarell, where you'll pass the remains of farmsteads that were once inhabited during the heyday of the coach road.

Tarell valley, Brecon Beacons
You get splendid views of the valley whilst walking on the old coach road National Trust / Simon Rutherford


Map route for Tarell valley walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Storey Arms, grid ref: SN982203


Start the walk by crossing the road from the car park to be outside the Storey Arms (once a coaching inn, Storey Arms is now an outdoor education centre run by Cardiff Council). Take the track to the left of the centre down the valley towards Brecon and pass through a kissing gate and cross a stone bridge.

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Continue downhill along the coach road. On your left next to the river below the new main road you'll see stone built sheep pens. These pens were used to wash the sheep before taking them to market. Pass through a large gate and continue until you reach a stile on your left signposted for the youth hostel.

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Once you have crossed the stile, walk down to the river and cross it by the wooden bridge. Just above the bridge are the remains of a Bronze Age burial chamber. Turn right and follow the fence above the river until you reach another stile.


You now want to follow the path beside the fence along the river valley. You will cross several stiles and fields. Keep your eyes open as you are surrounded by wildlife as well as farm animals.

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Keep the river and fence on your right until you come to the end of the fields. Go over the stile across the bridge and onto the tarmac road, turn right leading up and past the cottages called Old Glanryhd. Keeping straight ahead, the tarmac road will end at Blaen Glyn farm and the National Trust office. You are back on the metalled track of the old coach road, follow this all the way back up to Storey Arms.

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Storey Arms, grid ref: SN982203

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Upper Tarell Valley walk


A mix of walking surfaces from stone tracks, grass tracks, and tarmaced road. There are a few steep slopes and several stiles to cross.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. The stiles are dog friendly.

Upper Tarell Valley walk

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Upper Tarell Valley walk

How to get here

Storey Arms, Brecon Beacons, LD3 8NL
By train

Merthyr Tydfil 10 miles (16km).

By road

A470 Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon. Post Code LD3 8NL.

By foot

The Beacons Way passes through Storey Arms.

By bus

X43 and 470 alight Storey Arms, Information from Traveline Cymru

Upper Tarell Valley walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are allowed on leads