They don’t do things by half in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s why these 519 mountainous square miles don’t just make up one of the best-loved landscapes in Britain. They’re on the world map too.
The National Park is too vast to experience all at once. So it’s divided into four. The Black Mountains in the east, guarded by the market town of Talgarth and the book town of Hay-on-Wye. The Brecon Beacons containing the highest mountain in southern Britain, Pen-y-Fan. The ancient royal hunting ground of Fforest Fawr. The Black Mountain in the west with the iron town of Ystradgynlais in its shadow.
This is a beauty that stops you in your tracks. A sense of space that puts your life into fresh perspective. A refuge and an inspiration.
You’d expect it to attract people with a passion for outdoor adventure. Walkers, sailors, anglers, canoeists, mountaineers, hang-gliders, horse riders. And you’d be right.
But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also find cavers, stargazers, festival-goers, geologists and even aircraft enthusiasts. All going their own way, making their own memories. No wonder the world is paying attention.
Brecon Jazz Festival, the Hay Festival and the Green Man Festival at Crickhowell all bring international glamour to rural Mid Wales.
The rocks at Fforest Fawr are so amazing they’ve been recognised as a European Geopark. The showcaves at Dan-yr-Ogof are the best in Europe. Aircraft crash sites are scattered right across the wild uplands of the National Park as a poignant reminder of World War Two.
And there are very dark skies everywhere. So dark you can see distant stars, bright nebulae and even meteor showers. That’s why the Brecon Beacons is only the fifth place in the world to be made an International Dark Sky Reserve.
Milky Way or Beacons Way? The National Park Visitor Centre south of Brecon will give you all the inside information you need to create your own unique experience.