The Gurkha Walk
A scenic walk along the River Usk
GRADE is fairly easy and mostly flat, though of moderate difficulty on the riverbank section when the rocks and stones can be slippery when wet. The terrain is uneven in places, so care is needed, and the route is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, while caution is required with small children due to the close proximity of the river.
The Nepalese community were looking for a project through which they could express their thanks to the people of Brecon for their generosity after Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2015. From this desire The Gurkha Walk was born. The path’s stewardship is maintained as part of a collaborative project between the local Nepalese community and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
A scenic walk along the River Usk, beyond the Promenade, offering lovely views of the Brecon Beacons. On this circular walk, you will follow a path along the river until you turn up a short slope to join a quiet road running parallel with the river back to The Promenade. Towards the end of the river path, you walk over a small wooden bridge and a raised boardwalk as well as crossing large, but flat, river rocks. There are a few tricky rises and falls along the path so a good pair of walking shoes is advisable.
We hope you’ll enjoy this 7km (approximately) circular walk along the River Usk, starting at Brecon Promenade car park. There’s ample parking at the Promenade which can be found by putting LD3 9PG into a Sat Nav or asking for directions to The Boathouse. You could also call in at Visit Brecon for a town map.
The walk, which is mostly flat but of moderate difficulty in places due to uneven and slippery terrain, is unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs and takes about 2 hours to complete so allow at least that when feeding the Pay and Display meter.
Please note: The path can be slippery in places and this is not a walk to attempt if there has been a lot of rain and the river is high.
Begin at the bottom right-hand corner of the car park (if you’re facing the river) where you will see a wooden footpath sign directing you to Fenni Fach. Follow the wonderful River Usk past a small play area and the Brecon Town Council’s information board and bandstand. Walk along the asphalt path until it veers off to the right and heads up to the toilets (20p is required to use these). For the Gurkha Walk however, stick to the riverbank and follow the grass path until you come to a ‘kissing gate’ where you then follow the river path through mixed woodland. You will pass through two further gates as you make your way west along the river.
The Usk is famous for its Atlantic Salmon and otters and the Brecon section has an abundance of heron which you may spot doing a bit of fishing.
There are a few tricky rises and falls along the path and the steps off the board walk are quite steep, with the stones and rocks below rather slippery at times, otherwise it is fairly plain sailing, with lots of spots where you can stop and watch the river flowing past, see the fish jumping or perhaps have a picnic.
Having crossed the wooden bridge, the raised board walk leads you down onto the flat rocks beside the river. Do take care on this section if the weather has been wet. The river path eventually ends and you will turn right up a short path to the road where you will find yourself in the small hamlet of Fenni Fach. Turn right and walk back towards Brecon along the pretty country lane (take care as it’s fairly narrow). This brings you back to the Promenade Car Park where you can sit and have an ice cream while admiring the spectacular view of Pen-y-Fan in the distance across Brecon Golf Course.