Staying safe

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable time here in the Brecon Beacons National Park, whether you’re walking alone, in a group or with a four-legged friend. 
 

Walking safely

 
It doesn’t matter if you’re embarking on a low-level stroll or a high-altitude hike. Follow the simple instructions below for a walk you’ll remember for all the right reasons.
 
Plan ahead
Know where you are going to walk. Take a map and compass (as well as any leaflets/downloads), and know how to use them. Don’t rely on technology alone the National Park area has some of the poorest mobile signal in Wales.
 
Take the right equipment
Make sure you’re wearing suitable clothes and footwear for the type of walk you’re tackling. Take some supplies of water and food with you.
Do take a mobile phone with you, but be aware that there are areas without any signal and if you need assistance you may have to change your location by going up a hill, over a hill or down a valley.
 
Watch and plan for the weather 
Consult the weather, mountain and severe weather forecasts before you go, but remember that conditions can change quickly. It’s recommended always to have extra warm clothes, waterproofs and a hat with you.
 
Tell someone where you're going
Make sure that somebody knows your route and what time you expect to be back. Tell them when you get back safely, or if you are delayed or change your plans. Make sure they know what to do if you don’t get back on time.
 
If you're in a group, look out for each other
Be sure that the activity is suitable for all members of the group before you set out. Professional leaders should have first-aid and navigation skills, but if you are a social/family group make sure everyone knows where you are heading and the basic route. Keep together and proceed at the pace of the slowest person. Never abandon anyone because they can't keep up or let members race ahead out of site. Finally, take a group shelter just in case of sudden changes in the weather.
 
If you need help
If it is an emergency call 999 and ask for the Mountain Rescue, only the police can alert Mountain Rescue. If it is not an emergency, perhaps ask a a friend to pick up tired walkers or change your route and head to one of the local villages to seek transport back to your start point/vehicle.
 
Follow the Countryside Code at all times 
For full details, please visit the Countryside Code website.