Our family will be in the area for at least four days during late July. We will have a car but also like and intend to do a bit of walking (we're inexperienced at true compass and map orienteering but are pretty fit, have hiked short distances before and can definitely read a map).
Are all or most of the paths well sign-posted? I'm getting contradictory information on this online,
Is the area very crowded during summer and might we face some parking difficulties when setting out on some of the walks?
I've seen 2 guidebooks on short walks (4-8km) and on circular day walks (mostly 15-20 km) but I've yet to find a guidebook or an internet site that can provide clear and updated information on short/medium length circular walks (up to approx. 12km) that will bring us back to our vehicle without having to backtrack along the same path.
As our days in the area are limited and we have a car, we'd prefer to see as wide a variety of countryside/waterfalls/lakes as possible.
We'd greatly appreciate it if somebody would be able to provide input on the best way to both drive AND hike the Brecon Beacons or advice on a drive/hike guidebook that I have yet to locate.
Opinions on 'not to be missed' walks (and drives, for that matter) - though obviously highly sujective - would also be helpful.
Thanks in advance,