Brecon Beacons
Bannau Brycheiniog
Close to the cities of Cardiff and Newport is a range of hills and mountains which includes south Wales' highest mountain Pen y Fan. This range is known as the Brecon Beacons.
The Beacons are a combination of bare, grassy moorland grazed by Welsh mountain ponies and Welsh mountain sheep, scattered forestry plantations, and pasture in the valleys. The area is known for its remote reservoirs, lakes, waterfalls and caves.
The hills to the south of Brecon, sometimes referred to as the central Beacons, form part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Outdoor activities in the National Park include walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse-riding, as well as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing, rock climbing, hang-gliding, caravanning, camping and caving.
A long-distance cycling route, the Taff Trail, passes over the Beacons on its way from Brecon to Cardiff, and in 2005 the first walk to span the entire length of the Brecon Beacons National Park was opened. The 100-mile (161 km) route, called the Beacons Way, runs from Abergavenny via Ysgyryd Fawr in the east and ends in the village of Llangadog in Carmarthenshire in the west.
It is hard to believe that despite all these activities, it is possible to be totally alone on a windswept hillside or beside a rushing stream with no sign of another human being.
The Brecon Beacons have a number of outstanding and spectacular attractions such as the almost 90-foot (27 m) Henrhyd Waterfal,l and the falls at Ystradfellte. Below ground, spreading under a hillside in the area surrounding Penwyllt in the Upper Swansea Valley, is Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (Cave of the Black Spring). This is the second longest cave in Wales and the deepest in the United Kingdom.
For the not so energetic visitor, the narrow gauge Brecon Mountain Railway is a superb way to appreciate the Brecon Beacons.
Tourist Information Centre
Five miles (8 km) south-west of Brecon in the village of Libanus is the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Information Centre commonly referred to as The Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre or more simply as the ‘Mountain Centre’.
The Centre provides visitors to the area with information regarding the mountains, the local towns and the countryside. There is also a cafe and shop selling guides, maps, walking equipment and clothing, etc.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone    +44 (0)1874 623 366
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