Safety Preparation and First Impressions:
The Brecon Beacons Mountains may at first give
the impression of being green and pleasant but the weather can change rapidly. It is
essential when you go walking to be
well equipped at all times of the year.
The ground is often rough
and wet. A footpath can easily give way to tussocky grass or wet stony ground in a matter of a
few yards. Expect a footpath to be uneven, wet and slippery,
eroded, and in other ways hazardous. Be prepared for this.
Walking boots are essential all year round.
Warm & windproof
clothing with waterproofs up to the task need to be taken even when the
weather appears good. Jeans are particularly unsuitable as they may shrink
tightly on you when wet and are cold. Corduroy trousers are equally
unsuitable as they become heavy and cold when wet. Warm clothing that lets
the wind through will be ineffective at keeping you warm.
In cold conditions gloves and headgear are
essential. Seek advice
on suitable clothing, footwear and other equipment before venturing into
summer days also require the right equipment including extra water, a
wide brimmed sun hat, and suitable sun protection cream.
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority have an excellent leaflet
entitled "Be Safe" which you
should consult and which can be downloaded here.
Dyfed Powys Police force
have a leaflet which gives excellent advice on
Consider training courses in
Mountain First Aid, Safety in the Hills and Mountain Expedition Training
such as those provided by
Bigfoot Services which is based in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
There are other companies as well so check them out. Further information
on selecting a suitable training course can be obtained from
Activities Licensing Authority.
Safety in the Mountains Guidelines - Further
List for Gear Maps
Leaders Guidance Safety in the
Mountains Check List for Gear
Keep to Footpaths Weather
Leaders Guidance First
Aid Walkers Guide to Lyme Disease
Health with the Ramblers
Safety in the Mountains Guidelines:
Treat these Mountains with Respect
in the mountains consider taking a recognised navigation course
recommended such as by the
National Navigation Award Scheme.
Until you are suitably
experienced consider joining a recognised walking group such as those
that belong to the Ramblers
Association. The RA provides good advice for walkers on its website:
Plan your route before going - leave a copy of the route plan
with friends or family - phone back to base at first opportunity if you are delayed.
Time your route - remember shorter days in Winter longer in
summer check locally what time the sunsets - aim to be back at least one hour before dark
- one useful formula suggests that you allow one hour for every 2.5 miles (4km) plus at
least one hour for every 1500 ft (450m) of ascent - allow more time the less fit you are -
the less experienced you are - the less familiar you are with the landscape -
If travelling in a group keep together - let the slowest
determine the pace - make sure everyone knows the route - it is advisable that everyone
should carry their own map & compass, etc
navigation skills will help you avoid hazards such as steep drops or
vertical edges. Water in streams, rivers reservoirs and pools is always
cold summer and winter. Fast moving water, uneven unseen river beds,
vegetation in mountain pools and hidden deep areas can be dangerous to
swimmers or when attempting to cross.
Watch the weather throughout the day - always keep a check on
your location incase visibility deteriorates suddenly - stay close together in bad weather
- watch out for signs of hypothermia.
not attempt to explore caves, quarries or mine entrances.
If you are on your own try to
summon help by using a whistle or torch
or flares or mobile phone.
To contact rescue services get to a phone and
dial 999 and ask for
Police they will call out the Mountain Rescue teams - try and give them an accurate map
reading or description of the location of the injured or lost party.
Remember you are likely to be
talking to an operator unfamiliar with the Brecon Beacons locality.
- mobile phone coverage is patchy in the Brecon Beacons as in other mountain areas of
the UK. As a general rule you are more likely to get a signal on high ground than in a
valley or below a mountain ridge.
The website does not offer
any guarantee or otherwise regarding the services or information
available from external links and visitors.
Mountain rescue services in the Brecon Beacons National park are
provided by volunteer civilian and service teams working with the Police. Please follow
these guidelines and others with care so that you do not place yourself or others at risk
Beacons Mountain Rescue Team
Mountain Rescue Team
Rescue Association SARDA - Search and Rescue
On the Hills -
Mountain Safety Flyer Brecon Beacons
National Park Safety in the Mountains Guide - download a .pdf file.
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
farmers and other landowners may give
permission to camp on enclosed land for which there maybe a fee
Sites in the Brecon Beacons
First Aid best practice is constantly under review. Seriously consider
taking a proper accredited training course run by an organisation such as
Johns or the
to an injured person requires more detailed advice than can be included
The Phonetic Alphabet:
you have to spell out a difficult name of a location which may not be easily
recognised then the phonetic alphabet may be helpful.
Carry a copy with you and memorize it.
A-ALPHA B-BRAVO C-CHARLIE D-DELTA
E-ECHO F-FOXTROT G-GOLF H-HOTEL
I-INDIA J-JULIET K-KILO L-LIMA
M-MIKE N-NOVEMBER O-OCTOBER P-PAPA
Q-QUEBEC R-ROMEO S-SIERRA T-TANGO
U-UNIFORM V-VICTOR W-WHISKEY
X-X-RAY Y-YANKEE Z-ZULU