The Brecon Beacons (South Wales) – Walking Short Break


The Brecon Beacons mountain range contains some of the most beautiful landscapes in South Wales. You will enjoy rugged moors, stunning peaks and plateaus, beautiful waterfalls and deep wooded gorges on this guided walking short break. It was designated as a national park in 1957, later achieving International Dark Sky Reserve status in February 2013. The park covers an area of 519 square miles and its highest peak is Pen y Fan (886 m/2658 ft).

You will stay in the colourful market town of Brecon for the three nights of this guided walking short break. The town is situated in the beautiful Usk Valley, established as a town in Norman times. Today it still retains much of its old character and charm.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €499 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€165

Tour Dates:

Friday 14th March to Monday 17th March 2025

Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Group Option:

For a group of 6 or over, alternative dates can be arranged subject to availability. For further information please contact us

Included / Excluded

Day 1 - Rosslare to Brecon

Our guided walking short break starts with an early morning departure from Rosslare on the 08.45 sailing to Pembroke. Sailing time is approximately 3 hrs 30 minutes. From the port of Pembroke to the town of Beacon, our travel time is approximately 3 hours. We will, of course, stop along the way. 

Once we have settled into our accommodation, we will take a short walk around the town of Brecon, exploring its many colourful shops and pubs.

Day 2 - Pen Y Fan & The Cwm Llwch Horsehoe

A short drive from our accommodation will take us to the starting point of today's guided walk, where we will begin our ascent to Pen Y Fan. The trail leads us around the base of Allt Ddu, past a disused quarry and follows the spur of Cefn Cwm Llwch to the summit (886 m) which is the highest peak in the Brecon Mountain Range.

After taking in the spectacular vista (weather permitting!), our descent will take us along the Brecon Way to Corn Du. From here, we will follow the spur of Cwn Llwch to join an old miner’s road that will lead us through the colourful countryside of Nant Cwim Llwch and back to our start point.  

Distance: 15.5 km/9.7 miles, Ascent: 795 m/2385 ft

Day 3 - Sgwd Yr Eira and The Waterfalls Roundabout

Today we will embark on an exhilarating walk through the region’s most spectacular waterfalls. We will begin at Cwym Port and follow the River Mellte downstream through meadows and woodland to a lookout over Sgwn Clun-Gwyn, one of the most impressive falls of the loop.

The walk will supply multiple opportunities for detours to waterfalls. One of the most significant falls we will pass is the roaring Sgwd Yr Eira. Here, you will have a unique opportunity to walk behind a curtain of water and experience what it’s like to look out from inside. At the halfway point, we will stop at the small village of Pontneddefchan before continuing on our water-themed loop back to Cwym Port.
Distance: 16 km/10 miles, Ascent: 390 m/1170 ft

Day 4 - Depart

After a hearty Welsh breakfast, we will depart for the ferry and arrive back in Rosslare at 18.46. 

A few words from our customers...

Another trip with Footfalls, exploring Wales under warm and sunny (mostly) skies. Snowdonia is beautiful and for the most part the trails were easy, and the scenery was magnificent. We loved the small village of Beddgelert and our stay on the beautiful peninsula of Aberdaron. We had good descriptions of the routes, luggage and taxi transfers were all perfect and on time and accommodation was up to their high standard. We've taken three trips with Footfall’s and all have been wonderful.
Ryan & Sarah
Everything we experienced was excellent - the walks, the accommodations, the way it all ran so smoothly - it was all better than we'd expected.
Beth & Joan
Christopher and Teresa I just want to say a huge thank you to you both for the trip. It was a fabulous experience from start to finish and would not have been possible without both of you and your patience, good humour, knowledge of your subject and the area,and care for your clients/customers/friends. I am still on a high and looking forward to travelling with you again in the not to distant future. Again thank you so much and talk again soon.
Fergus Reid