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Five great areas for wild camping in the Brecon Beacons National Park, plus some advice for camping respectfully

Before we get going with our advice on where to wild camp in the Brecon Beacons it’s important to address the fact that, apart from in Scotland and Dartmoor, wild camping in the UK isn’t actually legal. Ideally, you should get permission from the landowner before wild camping in somewhere like the Brecon Beacons.

The amount of farms within the national park in South Wales, and the difficulty in identifying who owns what makes asking permission a tricky business however, and in most cases, it’s not necessarily feasible.

The thing is though, whether it’s in South Wales, or the Lake District or Peak District, if you stick by the rules of wild camping and the Leave No Trace code of conduct you’ll actually be fine. So that means pitching in a subtle location, arriving late and leaving early, making no noise and leaving behind absolutely no evidence of you ever being there.

The Brecon Beacons wild camping locations we’ve selected aren’t specific, simply because we can’t go sending everyone to the same spot, can we? You should be able to pick a decent location for yourself within each area. To do this, look at a map and check for a place that’s out of sight from houses and roads, that’s sheltered from the wind, that’s flat and won’t be likely to flood.

Will Copestake has given us some brilliant winter wild camping advice if you’d like to learn more about the ins and outs of it, plus we’ve also put together this useful guide on what to take camping.

1. Pen y Fan


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Camping on South Wales’s highest mountain itself isn’t a great idea as you can be very exposed in bad weather. Your best bet is to keep low and pitch on one of its lower slopes. Stay away from the A470 side as a lot of people tend to walk around there, and look for somewhere flat and sheltered on either the southern, northern or eastern approaches.

2. The Black Mountains

A secluded spot in the moorland.

The Black Mountains area offers some of the Brecon Beacons’ wildest terrain. It’s a range made up of a number of long and wide ridges that run parallel to each other with deep valleys lying in-between them. The mountain tops can leave you very exposed here in bad weather so pitch high only when the forecast looks safe. Most of the valleys have enclosed land but there are some wilder ones that have subtle, unobtrusive spots.

3. The Black Mountain


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Not to be confused with the Black Mountains in the east, the Black Mountain makes up most of the western side of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Aside from the escarpment on its north eastern flank, the mountain has fairly gentle gradients in comparison to the other higher areas of the national park. That being said, it is still a very wild and unforgiving place where navigation can be very challenging in the mist.

So, for a wonderfully wild and isolated place to get away from the rush of our hectic lives, head here, but just approach it carefully.

4. Fforest Fawr and Coed y Rhaiadr

A wild camp on the Sarn Helen Roman Road

This is yet another very wild location, but one that has much more woodland than the others in this list, and that means good shelter in bad weather. There are also plenty of valleys here, many without any form of settlement and subtle spots to camp aren’t hard to find. Sarn Helen, the old Roman Road has some good options along it.

5. Mynydd Llangynidr

Clear night skies on Mynydd Llangynidr.

With its wild moorland, a hidden cave to seek out, and the fantastic view towards Pen y Fan this is a brilliant spot to explore in the Brecon Beacons, and it’s perhaps one of the finest places to catch both the sunrise and sunset. We wouldn’t recommend this as a wild camping location if there’s a risk of low lying or thick cloud as it can be very difficult to navigate across the wide moorland plateau which has very little features to get a bearing from.

Leave No Trace Wild Camping in the Brecon Beacons

  • Take away all of your rubbish – if you find rubbish left by others, try and take that as well
  • Leave your spot EXACTLY as you found it, including the mark left by your tent
  • Cause no ground or water pollution
  • Be responsible for your actions
  • Keep any noise to an absolute minimum
  • Avoid lighting fires but if you have to make one, make sure there’s no trace of it left
  • Protect the surrounding nature and be respectful of its wildlife.

 

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