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Introduction to Hill and Mountain Walking

It’s often said that Hill and Mountain Walking is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other but the rewards include breathtaking views, challenge and a real sense of adventure, making it an incredibly worthwhile outdoors pursuit.

Climbing hills and mountains offers you space to think and get away from any stress that you are carrying with you, leaving just you, your friends and the glorious outdoors in peace.

We offer both guided and self-guided walks as activities. Read more about some of our favourite local routes below or for more information, please get in touch.


This is a fairly quiet walk from the northern end of Pen y Fan. It’s a moderate walk and a full day for children.

Start at Cwm Llwch Car Park on the outskirts of Brecon and follow the path to Login Cottage. Once up on to the moorland, walk to the beautiful Cwm Llwch Lake and then zigzag up the footpath on the ridge. Continue past the obelisk of Tommy Jones, on to Corn Du. The mountain to the north is Pen y fan (the biggest Mountain In South wales and Southern Britain), which has a Bronze Age ancient burial site.

Heading north, drop down onto and follow the ridge and eventually there is a road which forms a part of the Three River Ride, which you can follow and take the left road back to the start.


This is one of our harder walks through the Brecon Beacons as there is a very steep bit at the beginning of the day, but it’s worth it as you get to experience some fantastic scenery which is why this walk is popular with keen mountain walkers.

Park in the car park, approximately 2km away from the lower dam. When you get to the reservoir, head over the dam, walk up the steep hill onto the ridge, follow the ridge Graig Fan Ddu, Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog, Craig Gwaun Taf to Corn du, north to Pen y Fan, East to Cribyn and down to ‘The Gap’ (the roman Road, along the roman road and back to the car park.)

This walk is extremely popular as, although it is one of the longest walks, it captures all the biggest peaks in the central Brecon Beacons. It’s a full day and is one of the harder walks described, but well worth the walk, if you fancy a big mountain day!

Follow the Taff trail through Taf Fechan Forest to the filter house. Cross the lower dam and when you get to the reservoir, walk up the steep hill onto the ridge. Follow the ridge Graig Fan Ddu, Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog, Craig Gwaun Taf to Corn du, north to Pen y Fan, East to Cribyn down to ‘The Gap’ (along the Roman road) and then up Fan Y Big. Follow the beacon way over Craig y Fan Du and return to the top Blaen Y Glyn Car Park

This is an easy walk, covering short distances, making it a great walk for children for their first experience. Those with an interest in history or aircraft will find this especially fascinating as there is the plane wreckage still visible near the Memorial for the Wellington Bomber.  

Leave the car park and head in a northerly direction. Follow the path over a concrete bridge and around to the right over the footbridge with the impressive waterfall in the background. Follow the footpath up the hill and onto the moorland and then take the grassy path up to the Wellington Bomber Memorial, where you can still see some remains of the plane in the grass. Follow the path around, on the Waun Rydd oath head in a westerly direction onto the graig fan las footpath/ ridge, and onto the beacons way over Craig Fan Ddu to the top car park. Follow the footpath in a southerly direction down through the forest and return to the concrete footbridge which was passed earlier in the day, back to the lower Blaen Y Glyn Car Park. 

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Our Instructors

All of our mountain walking guides are qualified through the Mountain Leader Training board.

Lisa Boore - Lisa has her Summer Mountain Leader Award, which allows her to teach mountaineering navigation to participants. Lisa has participated in treks through Thailand, experienced Mountains in France and Austria and is a keen winter mountaineer too.

Our Equipment

We can provide the following to ensure you are well equipped for your walk:

  • Waterproofs - We have a variety of waterproofs ranging from 7 years old to size XXL
  • Walking boots - We have a small range of walking boots which can be borrowed
  • Rucksacks - We have a supply of basic rucksacks, which are useable for mountain walking, though you may use your own if you have them
  • Maps of the walk


Q: What do I need to wear?

A: Warm stretchy clothing, jogging bottoms, (man-made fibres) such as thermal tops, football tops and fleeces. A good pair of thick socks.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: A spare fleece, or jumper, 1 litre of water, Lunch and snacks. Hat, gloves. (Sun hat in the summer, Woolly hat any other time as it can be quite cold on the hills and gloves all year round). If you own your own waterproofs our qualified instructors will check that the seams are taped and suitable for use in the mountain environment. (Waterproofs can be borrowed from the centre). Sun cream is also an essential if you are spending all day out on the hill.

Q: I have my own walking boots, can I use them?

A: Yes, although your walking boots will be checked by our qualified instructors as the boots need to be relatively stiff with good ankle support. Fashion boots, such as Doc Martins, or Timberland are not suitable walking boots. If the boots are new make sure you have worn them in, to prevent sore or blistered feet.

Q: What happens if I cannot keep up with the group?

A: The instructor will slow the group to the pace of the slowest walker, so the mountain walk is pleasant for everyone, and the instructor will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to stop or take breaks throughout the day.

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Opening Days:

  • Monday   09:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday   09:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday   09:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday   09:00 - 17:00
  • Friday   09:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday   09:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday   09:00 - 17:00

About Us

Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer is an activity centre based in the south of the Brecon Beacons, just a 15 minute drive from Merthyr Tydfil. We offer a fantastic range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities


Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer Pontsticill Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UR