The Brecon Beacons National Park is a snapshot of all that is beautiful in Wales. Visitors can admire the Black Mountains and the middle Brecon Beacons for their cloud-piercing peaks and rugged mountain terrain, while abundant rivers and waterways feed the verdant slopes and wild waterfalls.
With endless routes through undeveloped terrain and skies teeming with red kites, it’s a paradise for hikers, bikers and wildlife watchers.
Getting to the park
- Nearest airport: Cardiff Airport – 45.2 miles.
- Visitors can hire a taxi which takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to reach the park.
- Nearest station: Merthyr Tydfil – 11.7 miles.
- It is a 21-minute drive from the park from the train station.
Things to do in Brecon Beacons
There are so many activities to do in the Brecon Beacons that it’s hard to know where to start. The Brecon Beacons are a fantastic place to get your adrenaline pumping.
There are many paths and trails for hikers, joggers, cyclists, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and wildlife watchers.
There is also a fantastic selection of structured activities, ranging from peaceful hobbies such as photography with high octane adrenaline adventures such as parachuting, rafting and recalled descent.
Fan of Peny
Pen Y Fan is one of the most famous peaks in Wales to climb as it is not only the highest peak in South Wales but also has some interesting historical stories to uncover. The walk starts at the Cwm Gwdi car park and climbs steadily through moorland until you come to a cobbled staircase which leads down to a flowing stream.
Buckle of sugar bread and the USK valley
In the eastern part of the national park, the Sugar Loaf Peak stands out. Its distinctive shape tricks visitors into believing it is a crater, making it a popular tourist attraction.
Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons and South West England from this unusual mountain peak.
Following the trail, visitors will descend the Usk Valley, passing bodies of water and vast meadows before traversing a short stretch of wooded track.
Enjoy mountain biking
The Black Mountain Blitz
This route starts at the Talgarth car park and is for experienced cyclists used to riding all day. There are incredible inclines, white-knuckle descents, and some fantastic single-track parts in this trail.
This path, which crosses the center of the Montagnes Noires range, offers breathtaking views of the nature reserve from several viewpoints.
The Brecon Estuary, the Taff Path, the Brinore Tramway and the hugely popular Gap Road are all included in this Beacons favourite.
The route is mostly direct except for a challenging canyon half way up the Gap route and several large rock stairways downhill from the Gap itself. The drop from the top of the Brinore railway to the bottom of the basin just upstream from Lake Talybont is also remarkable. The route stretches from lush meadows to sand, rocks and grooves.
Beginner canoeists will enjoy the calm waters of Monmouthshire and the Brecon Channel, while the Wye and Usk streams offer more diverse conditions such as rapids, moderate currents and exhilarating whitewater depending on which part they paddle. Visitors can also consider renting a boat or taking a tour guided by local providers.
Explore the caves
Some of the region’s most fascinating terrain is found underground, in deep caves and abandoned mining shafts. Tourists can visit Dan-yr-Ogof and Cathedral Caves to discover natural treasures such as million-year-old passages and roaring waterfalls.
Visitors can also explore the Big Pit National Coal Museum for an exciting insight into Wales’ mining history, with interactive exhibits and an underground tour.
Try horseback riding
Brecon Beacons are ideal for horse lovers. Around 596 miles of hoof-friendly towpaths can be found across the national park, providing opportunities for beginners and experts alike.
The breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife make this one of the best horse riding experiences in Europe.
Vast expanses of mountains, moors and meadows, criss-crossed by paths and historic lanes, are open to visitors to ride all day while sharing the sights with the flying birds.
The Brecon Beacons National Park has been classified as an International Dark Sky Preserve due to its minimal artificial light. Visitors must absolutely enjoy the privilege of the International Star Sky Reserve, which offers views on the milky track, prominent constellations, dazzling nebula and even meteor rains per night.
Best places to stay near the park
Foyles of Glasbury
The Foyles of Glasbury has a dining room, lounge, patio and free internet access. All rooms in the hotel include a workstation, TV, private bathroom , sheets and toiletries. A closet is included in each unit. A buffet breakfast is offered to visitors.
The New White Lion
The New White Lion offers free internet. There is also an electric teapot. A hairdryer and free toiletries are included in the private bathroom with shower. Sheets are also included in the extras. Free parking is available on site.
Tredegar Arms Hotel
The Tredegar Arms Hotel offers a restaurant, bar, shared lounge and free internet access.
Each room in the hotel has a closet and a TV. Tredegar Arms Hotel offers air conditioning and a workstation in every room. A buffet breakfast is available at the hotel.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is a lovely hideaway with various activities and natural treasures. It is not a closed reserve but a lively and dynamic landscape that will pique visitors’ interest in the outdoors. All environment and adventure fanatics should visit this amazing place.
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