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Brecon Beacons National Park | Powys | Wales | Accommodation | Walks | Activities | Things to Do

As a perfect antidote to the urban grind, or a stress free alternative to a noisy and uncomfortable beach holiday, the Brecon Beacons fit the bill. Not only do they boast scenic vistas that are globally renowned, they are a playground for the adventurer, and richly reward those who roam its rugged peaks and vales. The Beacons are an idyll where the landscape is infused with its own histories and cultures.

From high octane adventure activities and extreme sports to meandering streams, pleasant pastures and Neolithic stone circles, the 520 square miles of the Brecon Beacons cater for every taste and trend. The traditional market towns, that form the gateways to the Beacons, each retain their own charm. Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Brecon are towns not only with a wealth of history, but places where you can still find vibrant and exciting events going on all year round.

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Beacons Way

The Beacons Way is the Brecon Beacons National Park official trail. It passes east-west through the landmark Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain. The Brecon Beacons National Park is a protected environment with some of the most spectacular upland scenery in Britain. Beacons Way involves remote and rugged terrain, with some 8500ft of ascent and is designed for experienced walkers. As well as incorporating many of the major peaks, including Fan y Big, Pen y Fan, Fan Llia, Fan Hir, Fan Foel and Twyn Swnd, the Way passes glacial lakes, ancient standing stones, churches and fine mountain views.

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Taff Trail

The Taff Trail is a multipurpose route between Brecon and Cardiff. Passing through a significant part of the Brecon Beacons, the Taff Trail covers a very varied landscape that traces a line through the many histories of southern Wales. Ideal as the backbone for a holiday or just for a day out, the Taff Trail has become one of the most unique and popular walks in Wales, taking in breath-taking scenery, disused viaducts and the fairy-tale Castell Coch Castle. Much of the 55 mile route is traffic free and suitable for horse-riding.

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Waterfall Country

Wales is a country well endowed with picture book Waterfalls, but those that are found along the rivers that run south through Fforest Fawr and join at Pontneddfachan are some of the best.

Brecon Beacons 'Waterfall Country' includes the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechanwaters of the head waters of the rivers Nedd, Mellte, Pyrddin and Hepste. The Four Waterfalls Walk starts at the village of Penderyn and the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall is perhaps the most unmissable and there are plenty of other natural splendours along the way.


Picture of a boy zip lining at Call of the Wild Adventure Centre, Wales. Click the image for full information and find accommodation around the activity centreCall of the Wild: Call of the Wild Adventure Activities is an outdoor activity provider based in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park - a natural outdoor adventure playground. The extensive range of activities on offer (which are suitable for all ages and abilities), includes canoeing, quad biking, paint balling and gorge walking.
Picture of people riding horses in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Click through for a listing of places you can go horseriding in the Brecon BeaconsCantref Riding Centre: As the only horse riding provider with access to the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Cantref Horse Riding Centre represents an incredible opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the park in style. It is possible to take advantage of pony trekking, mountain horse riding, horse riding lessons, short riding courses and holiday horse riding breaks.
Picture of Cradoc Golf Club in the Brecon Beacons, click the image to find out more ifnormatin, including nearby attraction, accommodation and eventsCradoc Golf Club: Cradoc Golf Club is a stunning 18-hole parkland golf course set on the northern side of the Usk Valley, some 2 miles from the charming town of Brecon. The award winning course offers an alternative and leisurely way to enjoy the views of the Brecon Beacons. Although the stunning views over the Brecon Beacons may beguile and possibly distract you, they will only enhance the experience of a magnificent day’s golf on a fabulous course.
Picture of a hot air balloon in WalesBailey Balloons: Bailey Balloons offer a friendly, personalised and memorable flight experience - far more than just a balloon ride! The company that describes itself as the ‘Fortnum and Mason’ of the ballooning world offers you the chance to take in the beautiful Wye Valley, Vale of Usk and Brecon Beacons from 5,000 feet.


Table Top Mountain: A tramp to the top of the iconic Table Top Mountain can be achieved in just an hour or two, but that doesn’t mean the panoramic views won’t take your breath away. The summit used to house an Iron Age hill fort, Crug Hywel, which lent its name to the nearby town of Crickhowell.
Picture of the Black Mountains, Brecon BeaconsBlack Mountains: To the east of the beacons and just north of Crickhowell the Black Mountains are the imposing gate posts to the Brecon Beacons. Despite the natural splendour that has made them a haven for hill walkers; they also boast the ruins of Llanthony Priory, plenty of adventure and extreme sport opportunities as well as the oldest pub in Wales.
The Black Mountain: Not to be confused with The Black Mountains, the Black Mountain range lies on the western fringes of the Beacons. The Black Mountain is generally considered to be one of the wildest regions of Wales and is associated with numerous myths such as the Lady of the Lake and Twrch Trwyth.
Henrhyd Falls Brecon BeaconsHenrhyd Waterfall: There are many impressive candidates for the title of best waterfall in the Beacons, and the Four Waterfalls Walk is the best way to choose for yourself, but Henrhyd Waterfall is the tallest of the lot. The sheer power of the falling water from Nant Llech, and its proximity to a number of truly impressive gorges, like the Melte, makes a visit to Henrhyd an unforgettable experience.
Pen y Fan Brecon BeaconsPen-Y-Fan: The tallest peak in southern Britain, but only the 21st highest in Wales, Pen-Y-Fan has long been a mecca for walkers wanting a challenge. Situated at the very heart of The Brecon Beacons, Pen-Y-Fan stands at 2,907ft and offers a range of routes to suit all abilities. The area surrounding the mountain is used for SAS training courses.
Dan Yr Ogof Caves Brecon BeaconsDan-yr-Ogof Caves: The Brecon Beacons National Park encompasses some of the most important cave systems in Europe and is just as spectacular beneath the surface as it is above. The National Showcaves Centre, at Dan-yr-Ogof in the upper Swansea Valley, has three separate cave systems and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the National Park.
Llangorse Lake: Second only to Bala Lake in size, Llangorse is both big and beautiful, as well as wet. Although there are many other lakes worth visiting, especially Llyn Y Fan Fawr (with its Lady of the Lake legend), it is hard to beat the serene majesty of the Llangorse waters. This glacial lake is famous for its pike fishing and for Crannog Island on which a Dugout Boat was found that dates back to the 9th century.


Picture of the Dragon Trails - Walking Holidays in the Brecon BeaconsDragon Trails: offers comprehensive walking breaks across the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. The walks are accompanied by an experienced guide and full board and en-suite accommodation is provided by the charming Ty Gwyn Guesthouse in Crickhowell.
Contours: Contours Walking Holidays are specialists in self-guided walking tours. Their walks in Wales traverse landscapes steeped in history and natural splendour. The walks that explore the Brecon Beacons include Offa’s Dyke, The Vale of Usk, the Three Castles Walk and the Wye Valley.
Tregoyd Mountain Riders, WalesTregoyd Mountain Riders: Offers horse riding, pony trekking, hacking, riding holidays, riding lessons, bed & breakfast for horses and riders and livery in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Tregoyd cater for all ages and abilities with packages ranging from half day pony trekking to week long holidays and courses.

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Events & Festivals in the Brecon Beacons

date event
Fri 31 Mar Meet Fred at Theatr Brycheiniog
Sat 1 Apr Afro Cluster at The Globe at Hay
Sun 2 Apr Garden Tour and Talk at Tretower Court and Castle
Wed 5 Apr Caitlin at Theatr Brycheiniog
Thu 6 Apr Perfect Pitch at Theatr Brycheiniog
Sat 8 Apr Brecon Farmers Market at Brecon Market Hall
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Apr Safety on the Hills & Bronze Navigation Course at Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre
Sun 9 - Tue 11 Apr Family Dance Festival at Theatr Brycheiniog
Wed 12 Apr Jason & Argonauts at Theatr Brycheiniog
Fri 14 Apr Reinis Young-Jaunais at The Globe at Hay
Sat 15 - Mon 17 Apr Easter Medieval Re-enactment at Tretower Court and Castle
Sat 15 Apr Trenchfoot at The Globe at Hay
Mon 17 Apr Easter Egg Hunt at Tretower Court and Castle
Tue 18 Apr Don't Dribble on the Dragon at Theatr Brycheiniog
Wed 19 Apr Ultimate Bowie at Theatr Brycheiniog
Fri 21 Apr Clwb Comedy + Music from Megs Emrys at The Globe at Hay
Fri 21 Apr Pasha Kovalev & His Fantastic Dancers at Theatr Brycheiniog
Sat 22 Apr Carrie Tree at The Globe at Hay
Sat 22 Apr Needlefelting Classes at The Globe at Hay
Sun 23 Apr Candlelight Cinema Presents: Road to Peace at The Globe at Hay
Sun 23 Apr Romeo & Juliet at Theatr Brycheiniog
Wed 26 Apr The Fureys at Theatr Brycheiniog
Thu 27 Apr Needlefelting Classes at The Globe at Hay
Thu 27 Apr The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Theatr Brycheiniog
Thu 27 Apr You've Got Dragons at Theatr Brycheiniog
Fri 28 Apr Comedy Club at Theatr Brycheiniog
Fri 28 Apr - Mon 1 May Talgarth Walking Festival at Talgarth
Sat 29 Apr Joe Symes and the Loving Kind at Theatr Brycheiniog
Sat 29 - Sun 30 Apr The Greatest Adventure: Love in the Time of Tinder at The Globe at Hay
Sat 6 May Captain Accident at The Globe at Hay
Sat 6 May Joe Longthorne at Theatr Brycheiniog
Tue 9 May The Trials of Oscar Wilde at Theatr Brycheiniog
Wed 10 May Vox Fortura at Theatr Brycheiniog
Thu 11 May Leviathan at Theatr Brycheiniog
Fri 12 May Crawlback at The Globe at Hay
Fri 12 May Mike Bubbins – Solid Gold at Theatr Brycheiniog
Sat 13 May Brecon Farmers Market at Brecon Market Hall
Sat 13 May Needlefelting Classes at The Globe at Hay
Sat 13 - Sun 14 May Safety on the Hills & Bronze Navigation Course at Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre
Sat 13 May That Band at The Globe at Hay
Tue 16 May Scorched at Theatr Brycheiniog
Thu 18 May Ross Leadbeater - Great British Songbook at Theatr Brycheiniog
Fri 19 May Calan at Theatr Brycheiniog
Fri 19 May Clwb Comedy + Music from Jakey Boy Hughes at The Globe at Hay
Sat 20 May The Lonesome Stampede at The Globe at Hay
Sun 21 May Estate Fayre and NGS Open Gardens at Glanusk Estate
Thu 25 May - Sun 4 Jun Hay Festival at Hay Festival
Sun 28 May Fun Ride at Glanusk Estate
Sun 28 - Mon 29 May The Tap Dancing Mermaid at Theatr Brycheiniog
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