Promenade

Promenade is a level linear wander that begins on a tarmac path in Brecon town centre, continues onto a level off-road pathway and then on to a bumpy footpath. It is low down next to the river, with views of the Brecon Beacons, and is a pleasant alternative to the hills if the weather is unpredictable. Pay and display parking is available in the town centre and at the Promenade car park further out of town where you can also find toilets, a cafe, playground and boat hire at the Brecon Boathouse. This wander can begin and end in a few different places so you can adapt it to suit your needs; a good choice if you are trialling off-roading with a toddler or new pushchair.

Promenade

Distance: 1.5 miles* if you walk in a straight line – around 2 miles with a wanderer

Time: 1 hour – it took us 30 mins extra as we wandered off route and stopped to explore.

*It could be from 1/2 a mile up to 3 miles depending where you choose to begin and end your wander

N.B.the footpath at the end of the walk is not suitable for pushchairs as it has a narrow kissing gate, alternative route available.

Guide

Follow the directions below to find the beginning of this wander, in Brecon town centre where the the Rivers Honddu and Usk meet. It looks like this…

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With an information sign to the left.

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From here meander along the tree lined tarmac path with the river on your left. We wandered from tree to river and back again; you can see right down into the river but keep little adventurers close as they could make their way through the railings.

Please be aware that at the end of the railings there is an access point for canoes into the river.

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The wander continues under some trees, around a corner and past a pretty spectacular weir.

Further along this path you will come to a fork, take the lower left-hand fork which will lead you down towards the Brecon Boathouse.

At the boat house you will find a cafe, a playground and boat hire. It is around half a mile along the Promenade to here and took us about 20 mins. There is a pay and display car park here too.

And toilets! These are a bit out of the way, across the playing field by an upper car park.

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If you wander along the path next the the river it now changes from a tarmac pavement into a level grass track that runs alongside a playing field. There are some handy adventurer sized benches but also be aware that the river bank is close in places.

Our wander follows this track next to the river until it comes to a kissing gate. If you have a pushchair that will not fit through the gate you could make a circular walk by going around the playing field. It took us just over 30 mins to wander to here from Brecon town centre.

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Through this gate the wander turns into a footpath. It is still level with a few bumps on a dirt track through the field. We wandered through the first field and then turned around as our adventurer had tired legs! However, this footpath carries on for around 500m through fields and arrives at a road that could be a circular route (see ViewRanger map).

This wander isn’t perhaps as off-road as usual for us but it is definitely worth a look if you are after an adaptable, more leisurely stroll with open spaces for your adventurer to run.

Use this map to guide you on your way.

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Click on the map below to view it on ViewRanger.

The OS grid reference is SO 042 286.

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This wander can be found in the Brecon Beacons National Park easier access guide and you can find more information about the Brecon Boathouse facilities here.

Directions: Finding the start of this walk proved a bit if a challenge for us! The route begins where the River Honddu and River Usk meet. Parking is available throughout Brecon town centre.

Happy wandering,

The Beckingham Family

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