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Bristol to Brecon Walk

Bristol, Monmouthshire, Powys, S Gloucestershire

138 km / 86 miles
The route starts from Blaise Castle and heads for the old Severn Bridge by way of Spaniorum Hill and Severn Beach. Once in Wales, the first day finishes at Chepstow Castle. The following day follows an intricate but scenically varied journey to Usk by way of Gray Hill and the Wentwood Forest. An easy start the next day follows the River Usk before heading west to one of the best walkers' pubs in Wales and the Blorenge ridge. A beautiful descent leads to Abergavenny and the end of the day.

The climb of Sugar Loaf is the highlight of day four but its attractions don't end there. The route also ascends Table Mountain before easier and delightful walking leads to the next overnight stop at Crickhowell. Next morning the most varied day of the walk stays attractively at low level in the morning before the afternoon climb of Tor y Foel gives panoramic views (hopefully) of the Brecon Beacons. This classic group of mountains is traversed during the final day's walk from Talybont to Brecon, culminating in the ascent of Pen y Fan, the high point of the walk.

The walk would make a wonderful and inexpensive week's holiday. It can also be enjoyed as a series of day walks or by creating circular walks using sections of the Bristol to Brecon route.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
Start: ST559786 - Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury, Bristol View on StreetMap
Finish: SO044287 - Brecon, Powys View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2008
Web Sites: Bristol Ramblers - Bristol to Brecon Walk Bristol to Brecon [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Bristol to Brecon Walk  (Nigel Andrews )


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Route Profile:

138.5 km (86.1 miles)
4,412 m (14,475 ft) ascent
851 m (2,792 ft)  maximum height

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