Welcome to the Brecon Beacons...are you ready to fall in love? Whether you’re familiar with the area and just need a few pointers, or this is going to be your first visit, our guide will help you uncover the best days out, things to do, places to eat and so much more.
First things first, where exactly is the Brecon Beacons National Park? It straddles the counties of Carmarthenshire, Powys and Monmouthshire in Mid and South Wales and is home to the Black Mountain range. Established in 1957, the park stretches from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the northeast. Peppered with craggy peaks, mysterious moorland, magical forests, hidden lakes, beautiful waterfalls and broad pasturelands where ponies and sheep roam the hills, it’s perfect for active holidays whilst also offering a unique opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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Things to do in the Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park has so much waiting to be discovered, and once you start exploring, we’re sure you’ll be hooked on its alluring landscapes. With more than 500 square miles of majestic mountains to climb, ancient castles to discover and mesmerising waterfalls to chase, you’ll have no shortage of things to do in the Brecon Beacons – and that’s not to mention the National Trust attractions and railway adventures. The vast array of things to do will suit every kind of visitor from couples and dog owners to families and groups.
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Activities in the Brecon Beacons
If there’s something you can guarantee in the Brecon Beacons, it’s an adventure! Whether that’s hiking Waun Fach, the highest peak in the Black Mountains, wild swimming in glistening lakes, kayaking down the River Wye or descending into caves and caverns, there is no end of thrilling activities available. It’s somewhere you can really feel alive. Why not tick something off your bucket list, challenge yourself with a new experience or treat the family to a fun day out that none of you will forget?
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Pubs and restaurants in the Brecon Beacons
What better way to end a long walk in the Brecon Beacons than with a pub lunch or a fancy dinner in a top restaurant? There's no shortage of pubs and restaurants for foodies in the Brecon Beacons. For a taste of Wales' best local ingredients in the form of a fine dining experience, head to Michelin-starred restaurant The Walnut Tree Inn. Enjoy a post-walk treat at the dog friendly, The Bell at Seknfrith, indulge in a delicious afternoon tea at Gliffaes Country House Hotel or head to the Felin Fach Griffin for a hearty Sunday roast!
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Mountains in the Brecon Beacons
Dominated by towering peaks, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a playground for adventurers. From the highest summit in South Wales, Pen y Fan, to our namesake in the Black Mountains, Sugar Loaf, walkers will be in their element. Whether you’re seeking the ultimate hiking challenge, or something a little gentler, walking through among the mountains of the Brecon Beacons is a unique experience. As you reach the summit of your chosen mountain, the undeniable feeling of achievement with wash over you as you gaze across views that you’ll never forget.
Up for the challenge? Get to know the mountains in the Brecon Beacons by reading our guide below.
Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve
The first place in Wales to achieve the status, the Brecon Beacons is one of three Dark Sky Reserves in Wales. On a clear night, look out for the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and, if you're lucky, meteor showers. It’s a unique experience that, if the weather allows, can deliver a magnificent sight. Pack a picnic, flask of tea and a blanket to stay cosy while you explore the stunning night skies. Keep an eye out for nocturnal wildlife too!
Our favourite Brecon Beacons cottages
And finally, to fully experience the exquisite beauty of the national park, find yourself a cosy cottage in the Brecon Beacons. Our ever-growing collection of Brecon Beacons escapes come in all shapes and sizes. Spend quality time just the two of you in our romantic collection, bring your canine along and stay in a dog-friendly cottage or spend time together on a family holiday. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try a new experience too! Why not go glamping in the Brecon Beacons? Our glamping escapes include hand-built cabins, restored huts and canvas canopies beneath the stars!
It was hard to choose, but we handpicked six of our favourite cottages in the Brecon Beacons to give you a little taste of what can be yours, from hot tub cottages and glamping escapes to large houses perfect for families and groups. To see the full collection, click the button!
So, have you fallen in love with the Brecon Beacons National Park yet? We hope this guide has delivered you a wealth of useful insights into this enchanting area and that the holiday you plan is nothing but perfect.
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