Brecon Beacons National Park

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.

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About the Brecon Beacons National Park

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. 

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Towns in the Brecon Beacons

Brecon

So good they named the Brecon Beacons after it. As the name implies, Brecon is a natural base from which to explore the 517 square miles of mountains, moorland, lakes and waterfalls that make up Wales’s third National Park. 

Sennybridge

Sennybridge is beautifully situated on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, just where the River Senni flows into the Usk. 

Ystradgynlais

Ystradgynlais is a frontier town. It lies in the shadow of Black Mountain – just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Crickhowell

Perhaps the best-loved landmark in the beautifully situated market town of Crickhowell is the 18th century bridge spanning the River Usk. It happens to be the longest stone bridge in Wales – but that's not why it's special.

Talgarth

If you want a job doing, give it to someone from Talgarth. The locals are an energetic and resourceful lot. 

Hay-on-Wye

Hay-on-Wye lies to the east of Dulas Brook – which makes it officially Welsh by about a hundred metres. But it doesn't really belong to either Wales or England. It belongs to the world.

Talybont-on-Usk

The clue’s in the name. Talybont-on-Usk is so called because it sits beside the lovely river Usk and its tributary the Caerfanell.

Brecon

So good they named the Brecon Beacons after it. As the name implies, Brecon is a natural base from which to explore the 517 square miles of mountains, moorland, lakes and waterfalls that make up Wales’s third National Park. 

Location

Brecon is at the intersection of the A40 and the A470, exactly halfway between Abergavenny and Llandovery. The nearest train stations are at Merthyr Tydfil and Abergavenny and regular buses run to Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Abergavenny, Swansea and Hereford.

For more information about Brecon please download our pdf or visit: www.brecontowncouncil.org.uk

 
 

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