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Brecon Beacons National Park - Maps and Footpaths

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Very few countries are lucky enough to have maps produced to the quality of the Ordnance Survey range produced for the U.K. For National Parks and other prime countryside recreation areas in the UK the ordnance survey produce a leisure orientated series entitled the Outdoor Leisure maps at 1:25000 scale (4 cm to 1 km or 2 1/2 inches to 1 mile). Outdoor Leisure maps cover Britain's National Parks and large Areas 

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Multi Media Mapping.

of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Forest Parks and National Scenic areas in
Ordnance Survey the U.K. Mapping Agency Scotland. They are detailed and designed to cater for the tourist and holiday-maker as well as walkers and climbers. 

  • Selected places of interest
  • Youth hostels
  • Camping and caravan sites
  • Picnic areas and viewpoints
  • Rights of Way for England and Wales

General information on Ordnance Survey can be found at Ordnance Survey - Great Britain's National Mapping Agency     

The Brecon Beacons National Park is covered by two maps in the Outdoor Leisure Series - Western, and Central (with Eastern). Its best to have both if you intend to walk extensively in the Brecon Beacons. If you decide to buy just one initially then in choosing that one map ensure that your route will not take you outside the area covered by that map and into possible difficulty. Additional information about these maps can be found at the Ordnance Survey - Great Britain's National Mapping Agency.

Ramblers Association fact Sheet on hill navigation

Keep to the Footpaths

- remember most land in National Parks in the U.K. is privately owned and you will have no legal right of access

- public footpaths which you may walk on are marked on ordnance survey maps

- many public footpaths are way marked but not always so check the map - if in doubt enquire locally when planning your route

- there are some areas of open ground where you can walk freely but you will need to seek advice from National Park Information centres

- there is no legal right to roam on open land in the UK though the government is considering this at the moment Ramblers Association - Working for Walkers


- to camp anywhere in the Brecon Beacons National Park requires the permission of the landowner

- this includes areas of open land

- special bylaws prohibit camping on National Trust land

- farmers and other landowners may give permission to camp on enclosed land for which there maybe a fee

- there area number of camping sites a leaflet listing them is available from National Park Information Centres.



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