Brecon Beacons National Park
Wales

Details for Brecon Beacons National Park

The beautiful Brecon Beacons in winter.
Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

From exploring its extensive network of limestone caves to the splendour of Pen y Fan, its highest peak, the Brecon Beacons have so much to offer day or night. The Brecon Beacons National Park stretches from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the northeast and Pontypool in the southeast.

The National Park covers 1,344 kilometres and has four main regions; the Black Mountain in the west, Fforest Fawr and Brecon Beacons in the centre and the Black mountains (confusingly) in the east.  The area of Fforest Fawr is a UNESCO designated Geopark containing sites of geological importance and intended to preserve the geological heritage. I

The Park is mostly grassy moorland with some forest plantations and extensive mountains and water features.  There are over 225 kilometres of rivers, 56 kilometres of canals, nine reservoirs and the largest natural lake in Wales.  Adventures on water can range from canal boat hire, dinghy sailing, canoeing and wind-surfing.

The entire Park has gained the status of International Dark Sky Reserve which means it is protected from excessive and inappropriate artificial light pollution so the skies can be viewed with great clarity.  On a clear night the stargazer can see the Milky Way and major constellations.

Four out of the five longest limestone cave systems can be found here making it the place to go for underground explorers.  There are a range of cave exploration options from guided tours for beginners to independent investigators.  Alternatively the energetically minded can enjoy climbing at Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre where there is an indoor climbing centre with artificial climbing walls, indoor caving or take a lesson from an experienced instructor on how to rock...

 

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