Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park, situated in South Wales, is a haven for explorers, nature lovers and epicurean travellers.

The park is made up of 519 square miles of mountain ranges, river valleys, rolling hills, forests, lakes, waterfalls and hidden caves. In among this stunning natural beauty, you will also find some of Wales’ most colourful towns, pubs, farmers’ markets and Michelin-starred restaurants. The quaint village of Llanddewi Skirrid near Abergavenny is particularly worth a visit.

The Brecon Beacons is the mountain range that lies within the park. Here you will find south Wales’ highest mountain, Pen y Fan, which has a summit of 886 metres. The range comprises six main peaks, which form a long ridge that horseshoes around the Taf Fechan River. Known as the Taf Fechan skyline, this area is a popular walking route and attracts reams of visitors every year.

Another great point of interest in Brecon Beacons National Park is Waterfall Country. A place of colour, contrast and extreme natural beauty, the Celtic rainforest is nestled into the southern slopes of the Fforest Fawr massif, west of Merthyr Tydfil. Here you will find steep, tree-lined gorges, caves and stunning waterfalls.


There is a range of outdoor activities available in the park, including hill walking, climbing, gorge-walking, caving, horse-riding and mountain biking.

Whether you are looking for adventure, or just an opportunity to relax in nature, Brecon Beacons National Park has something for you.

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Tucked in the hills of Monmouthshire in south Wales, Abergavenny sits six miles from the English-Welsh border and is known as the ‘Gateway to Wales’. Set beside the Usk River, the picturesque market town edges the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, making it ideal for enjoying the great outdoors.

With the Black Mountains providing a stunning backdrop, the town of Abergavenny has much to offer. It is a delightful, traditional centre brimming with shops, pubs and restaurants, historic sites and a wealth of other attractions, including bustling markets and tranquil riverside walks.

St Davids

St Davids is a city in Pembrokeshire, that sits on the Alun River and St Davids Peninsula at the most westerly point of Wales. With around 1,600 people living in the city, it is the smallest city in Britain in terms of both size and population. St Davids received city status in the 16th Century because of its Norman cathedral, but this status was revoked in 1888. In 1995 its city status was restored by Queen Elizabeth II, but in reality it has the feel of a small village.


The second largest city in Wales, Swansea is known for its vibrant energy and welcoming charm. With the university on its doorstep, the city has a large student population which means plenty of choice when it comes to shopping, dining and nightlife. And with the city currently enjoying something of a rebirth through an extensive bout of regeneration – now boasting both a national museum and a new marina, as well as five Green Flag Award-winning parks – Swansea is fast becoming known as “the Brighton of Wales”.


Located as it is on the confluence of the Rivers Usk and Severn, Newport city is truly a product of both its history and its geography. A port since medieval times, it has a rich history of industrial and strategic relevance, and its proud heritage can be enjoyed today with sights such as the Newport Transporter Bridge, Newport Castle, Newport Cathedral and Tredegar House. And yet for all this history of industry, Newport also lies at the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley are both right on the doorstep, whilst the Brecon Beacons are just a short drive away.


If you’re passionate about the great outdoors, then Neath is the place for you. Nestling conveniently between Glamorgan’s Heritage Coast and the Brecon Beacons National Park, Neath is something of a mecca for mountain bikers and hikers alike, uniquely positioned as it is to provide the very best Welsh, and indeed British, coastline, mountain and green valley landscapes. What’s more, with Swansea never more than just a short road-trip away you will also have quick and easy access to the city fast becoming known as “the Brighton of Wales”, where you can let your hair down once you’ve burnt some calories on the mountain trails!


Aberdare is a bustling town in the Cynon Valley, South Wales, and the most populous in the Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough. The town has a history that goes back to the Middle Ages, when it was just a small village in an agricultural zone. The village grew rapidly in the early 19th century thanks to the plentiful presence of coal and iron ore in the region, and the population of the parish grew tenfold in the first half of the century.

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