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The Beacons Way 8-Day Self-guided Walking Vacation

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Wales  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 525 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 525 Pound Sterling (GBP)

A wonderful 8-day walk, traversing the entire Brecon Beacons National Park from East to West. Glacial valleys, waterfalls and ancient woodland are just some of the features that create the famously dramatic landscapes of Wales, and some of the highlights of the 100-mile Beacons Way. For many, the unspoilt beauty and solitude make the Beacons Way the best long-distance walk in Wales. Daily distances are between 10 and 16 ½ miles, and to get the most out of the walk we recommend a reasonable level of fitness. That said, there is still plenty of time to chat with the locals, explore the historic sites en route and sample some local cuisine.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Abergavenny.

Day 2: Abergavenny to Llanthony - 13 miles (21 km). From Ysgyryd Fawr, known as the Holy Mountain, the path rises up into the Black Mountains. You end the day high in the hills, beside the ruins of Llanthony Priory, with its beautiful 12th century buildings.

Day 3: Llanthony to Crickhowell - 13 miles (21 km)

Crossing three major ridges, this is a spectacular day with far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside. Descend to overnight in the charming Georgian town of Crickhowell, famous for good food and a fine 17th century bridge over the River Usk.

Day 4: Crickhowell to Llangynidr - 12 ½ miles (20 km). An easier day with a different perspective as the route steers clear of the high mountain paths, and stays closer to the valley floor.

Day 5: Llangynidr to Craig Cerrig-gleisiad - 16 ½ miles (26 km)

A wonderful and challenging day through the Central Beacons. We summit the peaks of Pen y Fan, Tor y Foel and Cribyn. This is a day of wild, open moorland and fresh upland wind - breathtaking! Spend the night down in the valley, either at Libanus or in Brecon, set astride the River Usk with a cathedral and fine Georgian architecture.

Day 6: Craig Cerrig-gleisiad to Craig-y-Nos - 13 ½ miles (22 km)

A quieter and less strenuous day through the Fforest Fawr Geopark – an area of exceptional geological importance. Towards the end of the day you encounter a landscape pockmarked with potholes, signs of a an extensive network of caves which lie beneath the surface in this part of the National Park.

Day 7: Craig-y-Nos to Llanddeusant - 11 miles (18 km)

The day begins beside the fabulous Dan-yr-Ogof show caves, and then climbs onto the Black Mountain, passing the lakes of Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach, home to the legend of the “Lady of the Lake”. The character of the landscape feels quite different on this stretch – wild, empty and untamed.

Day 8: Llanddeusant to Carreg Cennen - 15 miles (24 km)

Traces of the industrial heritage of South Wales are evident today as you follow old tram roads and tracks across the Black Mountain. A dramatic end to the day as we approach Carreg Cennen castle – a 13th century stronghold perched on top of sheer limestone cliffs. The atmospheric ruin worthy of exploration, and great for photography.

Day 9: Carreg Cennen to Llangadog - 10 miles (16 km)

The final day leads to the western edge of the park. Admire the view from the enormous Iron Age fort of Carn Goch, strategically sited high above the Towy Valley. The tiny village of Bethlehem (where the post office does a roaring trade at Christmas time) is your last port of call before reaching Llangadog and the end of the walk.

Tour summary:
- Duration: 8 days hiking
- Distance: 100 miles (285 km)
- Grading: Strenuous.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The price is 525 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.

Price Includes:
- 8 nights accommodation in quality B&Bs, Inns and small hotels;
- Daily luggage transfer, so your baggage is waiting for you on arrival;
- Detailed, customized maps, with your daily walk highlighted;
- Written route notes giving directions and background information;
- Transfers to/from the nearest rail or bus station at the start and end of the tour.
- Meals: Cooked breakfast included. Packed lunches and evening meals can be arranged at additional cost.

Options: Add an extra night at any stage of the tour, prices from 40 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person per night.

About This Supplier
Location: Wales
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2007

M16809 is a Partnership, founded and co-owned by Anna Heywood and Luke Skinner. We provide guided and self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Wales. We hold MA degrees from the University of Cambridge and have considerable experience of the travel industry. We have also completed an independent cycling expedition...

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