West Brecon Beacons (Gold)

Expedition Code

WB21 - please quote this in all correspondence with the leaders.

About the Area

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 expedition will take place in the western part of the Brecons - beautiful but with few visitors. 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, disused quarries, forests, and many other features that give plenty to see for those on a practice expedition, possibly triggering some thoughts on a topic for an assessed expedition.

Brecon Beacons

Award Level

Gold: Practice only


Saturday 24th July to Wednesday 28th July 2021


Friday 16th July 2021

Planning Day

Sunday 18th July 10:00 to 12:00 in Abingdon, venue TBC. The purpose is to ensure people are happy in their group; check personal kit; request items to be borrowed from the store (tents, stoves etc.); and agree between members of your group how they will cook during the expedition.

Outline of Expedition

We will travel down on the Saturday morning to the bunkhouse where we will be staying for the first two nights. Saturday afternoon will be for route planning, kit checking and a short walk. Sunday will be devoted to supervised navigation practice out on the hills (most people will not have been on an expedition since 2019, so practice in wild country is essential before the expedition), and to any last work on route planning. The expedition proper starts on Monday morning, through to Wednesday afternoon, when we will travel back.


£250 (including a £25 non-returnable deposit required at the time of application). The fee includes travel to and from West Brecons; two nights in the bunkhouse; meals while staying at the bunkhouse; campsite fees. Participants will need provide their own food for the expedition itself and to bring a packed lunch for the journey down and have some money available for a stop on the way back.

How to Apply

Please contact Andy Pope for further details and an application form. You can contact Andy by E-mail.