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The main feature of the Brecon Beacons National Park is the Brecon mountain range, which comprises six main peaks. These are very well-known amongst hikers and walkers, two of the most famous being Pen Y Fan and Corn Du. Interestingly the Brecon Beacons are supposedly named after the ancient warning tradition of lighting signal fires on peaks to indicate invaders or a threat.

Covering more than 519 square miles, the National Park doesn’t exclusively consist of a mountain range. A large proportion is made up of grassy moorland, home to hundreds of wild Welsh Mountain Ponies and Welsh Mountain Sheep.

If you’re a super active person or are just looking for a breath of fresh air in some stunning surroundings, there is plenty on offer in the National Park for everyone. In 2005 a walk stretching the entire length of the Park was opened for the more ambitious amongst us. Or for a bit of speed you can go cycling, mountain biking and horse riding.

But it isn’t just on-land activities that are available. Why not get your wetsuit on and take to the water for some canoeing, sailing or windsurfing. As if that isn’t enough to choose from, you can also get to grips with a spot of rock climbing, get a spectacular view while you go hang-gliding or embrace your inner troglobite as you clamber about caving.

The history of the National Park gives you the opportunity to take a step back in time and see the Iron Age forts near Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire or some of the many ancient burial cairns dotted along the peaks.

Whichever area of the National Park you decide to visit, from Black Mountain and Fforest Fawr to the (confusingly named) Black Mountains and the Beacons themselves, you will find endless hours of enjoyment and tranquillity.


Brecon, Powys LD3 7HP

Tel: 01874 624 437

Opening Times: All Year Round