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Brecon Beacons (Gold)

About the Area

Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales contains a number of distinct mountainous areas, from the wilderness area of the Carmarthen Black Mountain (Mynydd Ddu) in the west, through the highest peaks of the Beacons themselves south of the town of Brecon, to the steep-sided grassy moorland of the Black Mountains bordering the English border in the east.

Our expeditions will take place in the western part of the Brecons, beautiful but little-visited. The area you will be passing through has lakes and moraines left behind by the last ice age, an enormous network of caves, one of the few geoparks in Europe and many other features that give plenty of scope for those looking for a topic for their qualifying expedition – and plenty to see for those on a practice expedition.

Award Level

Gold: Practice or Qualifying (N.B. please see the FAQ about mixed practice/qualifying groups)


Sunday 6th - Friday 11th August 2017


Sunday 25th June 2017 NEW Please note - sadly this expedition has now been cancelled due to too few applications.

Planning Day

Sunday 2nd July 2017 - starting at 10:00 and finishing no later than 17:00. The venue for the planning day will be in Abingdon, precise address will be available nearer the day.

Outline of Expedition

Leaving around midday on Sunday 6th August we will travel to our base accommodation, the Glyntawe Outdoor Centre, arriving in time for supper. The following day we will spend about half the day nearby revising and practising practical navigation. The remainder of the day will be spent checking kit, packing, final checks on routes, maps and route cards ready for an early start to your expedition proper on the Tuesday morning. Expeditions will finish on Friday 11th August and we will travel back, arriving in Oxfordshire by 21:00.


£225 (including a £25 non-returnable deposit required at the time of application). This fee includes minibus travel to and from the Abingdon / Oxford area, accommodation at the Glyntawe Outdoor Centre from Sunday evening until departure on the expedition on Tuesday morning and all meals while at Glyntawe plus a packed lunch for Tuesday, the first day of the expedition.

How to Apply

Please contact David Allchin, 4 Hamlyn Close, Letcombe Regis, Wantage, OX12 9YX for further details and an application form. You can contact David by E-mail.

Useful Links

Brecon Beacons National Park
Glyntawe Outdoor Centre

Pictures from the 2016 Expedition


The expedition went very well, with the participants enjoying an adventurous journey (not too adventurous though!), having to deal with various forms of challenging weather, and coming out of the process smiling!