Bannau Brycheiniog | Llangorse Lake

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Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park lies on the border between Mid Wales and South Wales & covers an area of 520 square miles. The area includes the Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark and is an International Dark Sky Reserve

Stretching from Hay-on-Wye in the east to Llandeilo in the west the National Park includes four ranges of mountains; the Black Mountains, the Central Beacons, Fforest Fawr and the Black Mountain (Mynydd Du).

Bannau Brycheiniog is full of grassy moorlands, heather-clad escarpments and Old Red Sandstone peaks, softened by weather and time.

The area is well known for walking and outdoor activities and boasts some of the finest mountain biking in the UK with a huge network of varied trails that offer something for all. There are over 2000 miles of public footpaths with a range of difficult highland paths or the gentle slopes. The long distance Taff trail or Beacons Way footpaths are ideal way to discover the area if you have a few days to spare.

A holiday would not be complete without good quality food, the Brecon Beacons has a range of wonderful restaurants working on the Slow Food principle using local ingredients and traditional methods of cooking.

Visitor Centres in the National Park

You'll find a warm welcome at the National Park Visitor Centre at Libanus. The centre can provide ideas of things to do, a tasty lunch to eat or take with you for the day, and a souvenir to remind you of your visit.

Other visitor centres in the National Park at Pontneddfechan, Country Park at Pen-y-cae and Information Centres at Abergavenny and Llandovery.

International Dark Skies Reserve

The Brecon Beacons National Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the UK. On a clear night you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers. It’s enough to make anyone starry eyed.

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Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Dark Skies / Stargazing

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park can be reached from the South by the M4 and M50 motorways. M4: Leave junctions 24 (A449/A40 for Abergavenny) or 32 (A470 for Merthyr Tydfil) to access the south of the park. M50: Continue on to the A40 when the motorway terminates at Ross on Wye and follow to Abergavenny. The A470, A438 and A465 gives access to the north of the park from Mid-Wales, Herefordshire and West Midlands.

Public Transport Directions

Mainline Railway stations to the west of the National Park are via the Heart of Wales line at Ammanford, Llandeilo and Llandovery. Access to the south and east of the park via Merthyr Tydfil and Abergavenny stations.

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Bannau Brycheiniog | Brecon Beacons National Park

Type:Country Park

National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus, Powys, LD3 8NL


Brecon Beacons Visitor CentreBannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) Visitor Centre, BreconThe Bannau Brycheiniog Visitor Centre provides information and interpretation for visitors to the area. There is a cafe on site, picnic area and craft and gift shop.The centre is one of the best places in the National Park to experience Dark Skies.

Brecon Beacons | Black MountainsBrecon Beacons | Black Mountains, CrickhowellThe Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park are spread across Powys, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire. Great for walking and the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain is a great place to experience dark skies.

Bannau Brycheiniog | Llangorse LakeLlangorse Lake & Common, BreconLlangorse has the largest natural lake in south Wales, it boasts an ancient Crannog and is a perfect location to mess about in boats, take a gentle stroll or watch the bird life.

Brecon Beacons | Pen y Fan & Corn Du, BreconPen y Fan and Corn Du are the two highest peaks of the central Brecon Beacons. They dominate the landscape for miles around, and make up one of the most recognisable skylines in the UK.

Usk Reservoir | Image Credit Tim Jones - asyoulikeit mediaUsk Reservoir, BreconThe Usk Reservoir is a remote upland 280 acre reservoir surrounded by the Glasfynnedd Forest. Waymarked route around the reservoir for walking and cycling. Great for fishing and is one of the National Park's top ten sites for stargazing.

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