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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.

Find out more about the Brecon beacons, what towns are in the beacons, all the latest events on this year and where you can stay and what you can do.

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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. 

For more information on the Brecon Beacons Click Here

 
 

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

Events in the Brecon Beacons

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17th May 2020

Glanusk Estate Fayre and NGS Open Garden

Crickhowell

A day in the garden. The Penmyarth Gardens, the Glanusk Oak Collection and Glanusk Church are open to the public to wander around, with the Estate Gardener on hand to answer any questions. Businesses based on the Estate are joined by fellow artisans on the lawn, with locally sourced and produced Welsh food and drink as well as the family run tea tent. There will be guest speakers, entertainment and demonstrations.

1st August 2020

The Brecon County Show

Brecon

The Brecon County Show is held annually on the 1st Saturday in August at The Showground, Watton, Brecon. Our Show is based around the Cattle, Sheep, Horse & Pony, Goat classes, & a Poultry Show, which attract exhibitors from all over the Country. The show also hosts a major shearing competition. We have over 200 trade exhibitors bringing you the best in British Farm Produce, the latest tractors & farm machinery and cars to anything for the garden. From clothing and jewellery to hand made cards, there is something for everyone. Combine this with vintage and modern machinery, Dog Show, Food Hall, Fun Fair - rides and stalls for children, a beer tent and much more you will be sure to have a great family day out.

24th January 2020

Comedy Club

Brecon

We have a limited number of tickets available which include a pre show curry meal from 6 - 7.45pm at our Waterfront Cafe. 
For £20, you will get a ticket for Comedy Club, a choice of curry served with rice, naan bread and chutney and a bottle of ale, Taffy Apple Cider, Coors Lager or a small glass of wine.

19th - 20th September 2020

Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny

Abergavenny Food Festival enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. We are known for being an inclusive and welcoming event, delivering a delicious opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore and learn about food.

7th - 10th May 2020

Talgarth's Seventh Walking Festival

Talgarth

Our eighth Walking Festival takes place on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. In commemoration we have several events with a World War 2 theme.  We offer walks which guide you through the local history, geology, literature and nature. Explore the area with our knowledgeable leaders who will take you on journeys through the landscape from the wooded dingles to the Black Mountains plateau.

20th - 23rd August 2020

Green Man Festival

Crickhowell

Nestled within the majestic Brecon Beacons, the Settlement is your opportunity to explore miles and miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers. Camp with us for a whole week from 17th August to discover the verdant beauty of the Welsh surroundings...

Immersing yourself in our community of Settlers couldn’t be easier - host barbecues with produce sold daily (from the local butcher), team up for our legendary Settlement Pub Quiz, cuddle up around the Settlement bonfire or enjoy live music, workshops, outdoor adventure and family fun.

7th - 15th March 2020

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Crickhowell

Nine days of fabulous guided walks in and around the Black Mountains situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Mid-Wales.

The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place around the beginning of March each year and lasts nine days. It consists of a number of guided walks of various grades, all led by local experienced guides. There is something for every level of walker, whether you are happy trekking all day across the tops of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons or would rather keep to paths and the lower slopes.

 
 

Brecon Beacons

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