Brecon Beacons National Park’s wild, windswept landscape appeals to those who like to explore unspoiled countryside. The scenery in this part of Wales has remained unchanged for many generations, and the park welcomes hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders, keen fishermen, and watersports enthusiasts from far and wide.
Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957 to protect the land. At 519 square miles (1,344 square kilometers) the park is home to forests, lakes, the River Usk valley, and the highest mountain in Wales, Pen y Fan. Archeological sites dot the park, including prehistoric stone circles, Roman camps, Norman castles, and St. Catwg’s. Tours of the park might involve gorge walking, or an aerial tour via hot air balloon.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Brecon Beacons National Park is free to enter.
- With narrow paths and steep areas, the park is more suitable for active visitors.
- The park is home to an extensive network of recreational paths, variously suited to exploring by foot, bike, or on horseback.
- Remember to respect the landscape and take any trash with you when you leave.
- Facilities in the park are limited, but Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre includes restrooms, a cafe, and information.
How to Get There
Brecon Beacons National Park covers more than 500 square miles (more than 1,300 kilometers) in South Wales and is open to adventure tours, hikers, bikers, horse riders, and more. Car parking is available at the visitor center and other points around the outside of the park. The visitor center is located in the village of Libanus at the edge of the park.
When to Get There
A wide area of the park is open to the public year-round. For the best weather conditions, plan to visit in spring or summer. The weather change quickly in the mountains, so pack rain gear and alert others of your plans.
Where to Down a Pint
After a hard day exploring the mountain, you can relax by the inglenook fireplace at the Blue Anchor, one of the oldest pubs in Wales. Built in 1380, the pub in Barry, near Cardiff, still has the original wooden beams. With a thatched roof and thick stone walls, it feels like a place straight out of a medieval tale.