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Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre Dog Walking countryside

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

The "Mountain Centre" is located 5 miles south west of Brecon and some 15 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. It was opened in 1966 with financial assistance from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust. The Mountain Centre, which is how everyone refers to it in South Wales, is run by the Brecon Beacons National Park  Authority. It is consistently the most popular visitor attraction in the National Park.

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre Dog Walking countryside

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

Contact Details: National Park Visitor Centre (Mountain Centre)
Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8ER.
Phone (01874) 623366; Fax (01874) 624515.

Brecon Beacons Mountains scenery Dog Walking countryside

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

Some 1100ft / 335m above sea level,  with stunning views of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales.

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre Dog Walking countryside

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

An adjacent moorland ridge known as Mynydd Illtyd offers some fine easy to moderately graded walking.

Mynydd Illtyd Common is owned by the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is an open space for the public to walk and enjoy. The common was purchased on 19 February 1984 from the Eagle Star insurance company. The common is named after Saint Illtyd one of the early Christian teachers in Wales. He was the founder of an important monastic settlement at Llantwit Major circa 500AD. Tradition held that Saint Illtyd was buried on the common though this is no longer believed to be the case.

The BBNPA has established a liaison committee of commoners / local farmers who have the right to graze their sheep, horses and cattle on the common. They also have the right to harvest the bracken on the common which is then used as bedding for the farm animals. This usually takes place in the Autumn.

There is the site of a sunken village or Iron Age Crannog (a village on stilts) on Mynydd Illtyd similar to that found at Llangorse Lake.

The two bogs on the common named Traeth Mawr and Traeth Bach are designated as a site of special scientific interest. They are particularly interesting as one characteristic of this boggy area is that acidic and alkaline water are found in close proximity curiously creating two very different environments. This has encouraged the presence of plants which would not normally be found in the same locality.

** Health and Safety: The boggy areas are very dangerous for walking. For example, on one occasion a horse which wandered onto Traeth Mawr sank through the apparently solid ground and became trapped. A farmer entered the bog to encourage the horse to leave and in so doing the horse fell on top of the farmer who would almost certainly have drowned if it were not for the fact that the fire brigade had arrived by this time. It is therefore essential to keep to the clearly marked footpaths.

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre Dog Walking paths and tracks

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

Admission is free but there is a modest car parking charge of £1 or £2 depending on length of stay. Overnight accommodation, camping and caravanning are not permitted though we have seen motorhomes making a base here during the day.

If you wish to avoid the £2 parking charge, you can access the common via the surrounding lanes and find plenty of free parking spots on the common land.

Driving and camping on the adjoining Mynydd Illtyd common is not allowed.

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre Dog Walking tracks and mountain scenery

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

There is a National Park information section with books, maps and souvenirs. An excellent exhibition offers an introduction to help visitors appreciate and explore this pristine protected landscape. There is a 60 seat lecture / conference room and a comfortable lounge with windows that display the landscape panorama.

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre Dog Walking mountain scenery

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

Food at the Mountain Centre: The recently refurbished refreshment lounge offers hot and cold lunches, a "Taste of Wales". It offers excellent food at an affordable price and visitors return again and again. Visitors are also very welcome to bring their own food and picnic outside.

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre Daniel Gover walking on path

Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre at Libanus: Information

National Park Visitor Centre (Mountain Centre): The visitor centre is an ideal place to stop and find out more about the Brecon Beacons National Park, where to visit or just to enjoy the scenery

The centre overlooks the central Brecon Beacons, including Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du. The information desk, shop, displays, audio-visual room and toilets can all be found on the entrance level. A short ramp or two steps lead up to the main corridor. Various events, exhibitions and displays are held throughout the year both inside and outside. A small millenium garden incorporates a colourful display of ceramics and tiles, created by the South Wales Potters and local school children.

The tea room, on the lower level, provides meals made from locally produced food and excellent cups of tea – from the car park follow the curved, gently sloping path down to the seating area and the entrance.

Just outside the grounds of the centre is an area of common land called Mynydd Illtud, with plenty of easy walks with fantastic views.

How to get there: The centre is signposted from the A470, close to the village of Libanus, 9km south of Brecon.

Nearest town or village: Libanus.

OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 SN 977 262.

Brecon Beacons Mountains Dog Walking countryside

Brecon Beacons Mountains Walk

Somewhere North of Brecon, accessed via lanes off the Libanus - Brecon Road. How I got here is a bit of a mystery but it is worth trying to find it. This is a FOUR HOUR dog walk, extendable if you wish to head further into the mountains.

You will eventually find yourself surrounded by mountains as if standing in the bottom of great bowl, the tall snow capped Brecon Beacons mountains in winter enveloping you in a cocoon, as if you are the only person for miles around.

Of course, at this location, you are
the only person for miles around. So set off early to allow plenty of time to find your way back, and bring supplies and clothing that allows for sudden changes in weather conditions.

Brecon Beacons Mountains Dog Walking towards snow-capped mountains

Brecon Beacons Mountain Walk

Once you find this area, there is a substantial car park with room for maybe 30 to 50 cars yet no one is here as it is so tricky to find, down a long single track lane leading off the Brecon / Libanus road (coming from Brecon you turn off down the lanes to your left around Libanus and just nosy around till you get to a sign directing you to the car park on a corner of the lane).

We walked two hours up a valley with a series of waterfalls in the stream below on our lleft, until we were high enough up to the start of the stream to be able to ford it on foot, then we walked down the other side of the valley for another two hours, crossing through bridges and fields to get back to where we had parked the car. It was an adventure!

Brecon Beacons Mountains snow capped mountains

Brecon Beacons Mountain Walk

This is a fantastic walk but one which I have not often repeated due to the difficulty of finding it. You start off through a wooded area, then head across open countryside towards snow capped mountains, with a stream on your left that initiially is quite large, but as you get higher into the hills, it diminishes so you are eventually able to cross it.

The return walk down the other side of the valley takes you on a barely marked sheep path through open mountainside with views all around, until you eventually descend, keeping the stream/ river in sight on your left. Do not bother trying to cross the stream to get back on to your outward bound path. I tried this the first time but it was not easy to cross. You don't need to anyway.

As you continue heading downstream, you will descend into an area of bushes and higher ferns, with a barbed wire fence on your left ("civilisation", you breathe with relief!). You cross through a sheep field, through a field gate onto a private stoney lane, eventually finding a footpath sign down a private drive going off to the left off the lane you are now on. Follow the drive looking for the footpath sign over a style, and you go through a series of further fields heading in the general direction of the car park. Provided you have a good nose to sense your direction, and an awareness of which mountain tops you parked near, you will turn left at the right path to get back through the same wooded area you initially headed through at the start, and thus return to the car park.

However you do need a good sense of direction to do this walk as you are on your own, in remote territory.

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