We occasionally get asked by Boma owners if we can recommend Boma-friendly routes in the Brecon Beacons National Park. We find this quite hard to do and are uncomfortable making strong recommendations without having recently checked for locked gates, stiles, fallen trees or other Boma-unfriendly impediments (which can appear unannounced) and also without knowing how well equipped for rough terrain and hilltop weather people are.
In the Brecon Beacons, always carry warm and waterproof clothing and check the local weather weather conditions which can change rapidly. Remember, also, that mobile phone signals can be unreliable here.
Myndd Illtyd Common just South of Brecon. OS X (Eastings) 297732
OS Y (Northings) 226275, Nearest Post Code LD3 8ER. You can park at the National Park Visitor Centre where there are disabled toilets and a cafe. There are lots of grassy paths across the common all with views of Pen-y-fan and the option of a circular 5 mile walk.
The Begwyns – North of Glasbury on minor roads. OS X (Eastings) 316138 OS Y (Northings) 244068, Nearest Post Code LD2 3JN . The Begwyns is another area of high common land with great views and small peaks where you can wander along open grassy tracks in pretty much any direction you like. Apparently, there is room to park on the verge.
Usk Reservoir – West of Sennybridge OS X (Eastings) 283378 OS Y (Northings) 28662,
Nearest Post Code LD3 8YF. There is a car park and an easy level-ish cycle track around the reservoir (5.5 miles) with glorious views. Unfortunately, there is a barrier across the dam at the start so a Boma has to take a short detour around by a small lane.
Our Boma, Boswell, has been up Pen-y-fan once (video here) but we don’t recommend it because of the many deep drainage ditches across the path some of which are wide and deep enough to catch the Boma wheels. It is also necessary to contact the National Trust (Tel. 01874 625515) to arrange for them to open the gate to access the path in a Boma.
There are also a number of traffic free cycle trails in the National Park (the Usk Reservoir circuit being one of them). You can find a list of them here. In principle, these should all be Boma-able. We know, for example, that the Mon & Brec canal path between Brecon and Talybont-on-Usk is as is the Taff Trail between Talybont village and the Talybont Reservoir (albeit quite bumpy). It is possible though that there might be impediments on some of them, e.g. a car barrier across the path with only room for a bicycle (not a Boma) to pass either side of it.