Accessible Brecon Beacons

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Talybont Reservoir and Forest walk


Explorer Map OL 12/O13 or Landranger Map 160/161 – SO 104 205


A scenic 3km long reservoir surrounded by steep hills, forestry and farmland. There is a road crossing the 380 metre dam to forestry walks on the far side. The wide tracks in the Talybont Forest on the eastern side of the reservoir join up with the Brinore Tramroad and Taff Trail to give longer walks with no barriers. Most of the forestry tracks near the reservoir are level but get steeper further up the hill you go.

Lay-bys and car parks alongside the Talybont to Pontsticill road offer good views of the reservoir and surrounding hills.

Tramper hire / mobility services

Easy access routes can be found here:

Abergavenny shop mobility:

Where: Castle Street Car Park, behind the Post Office

When: Tues-Sat 9.30am-2.00pm and Mon 9.45am-12 noon.
During the summer the scheme often remains open until 4pm on Thursdays and Fridays but you are advised to phone first to check.

How: You'll need to register to use a vehicle. On you'll first visit allow 20 minutes to register (bring ID). You'll also be shown how to use the vehicles and given a trial run.

Cost: No charge for joining or for vehicle hire (£2 returnable deposit)

Further information:

Tel: 0800 298 3656 (freephone)



National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus, Brecon
T: 01874 623366

Accessible parking: There are laybys and car parks alongside the Talybont to Pontsticill road and on the other side of the dam. There are dedicated parking for blue badge holders at the National Park Visitor Centre.

Accessible WC: Basic public toilets are located next to the White Hart Inn in Talybont-on-Usk. The nearest disabled access toilets are at Llansantffraed layby on the A40. Disabled toilet also available at the National Park Visitor Centre.

Grounds access: The reservoir is 1.5km south of Talybont-on-Usk, which is 8km south east of Brecon on the A40.

Other accessible activities: