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Which bus stop in Brecon?

by christine.j

I'm trying to figure out the best bus routes to Brecon on a weekend. On the route from Abergavenny the stop in Brecon is called Brecon Bulwark, on the route from Hereford via Hay-on-Wye it is called Brecon Square. Are they close to each other?

Thank you for any help.

RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by leics

Suspect they are one and the same place........Bulwark seems to be fairly central to Brecon, thus probably Brecon Square. this link is a streetmap of Brecon....if it doesn't work, go to www.streetmap.co.uk and type 'brecon' into the search box.......you'll get the same page.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=304750&y=228750&z=1&sv=304750,228750&st=4&ar=N&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf

RE: RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by Spincat

The very centre of Brecon is tiny so if they put down in one place and pick up in another it is not a problem. The Bulwark is in this small central area. I think the square is just a bit where all the more central roads widen out. I think there might be a one way system which means the two places are slightly different. It has been a long time since I've caught a bus in Brecon but I do know that these two places are not far apart.

RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by christine.j

Thank you both for your information. I was afraid one of the stops would be outside the town and I would have to get a taxi.

RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by mendip6

The Brecon Bulawark, and the Square are one and the same!! The bus service from Abergavenny to Brecon only runs Monday to Friday, but during the summer from end of May to end of September a special bus service runs every Sunday and Bank holiday Mondays called The Beacons Bus. This runs from various points including Abergavenny to Brecon, which is the hub, and from there various buses run into the national Park to areas that are not usually accessible by public transport. The timetable is not yet published but should be available soon. www.breconbeacons.or

RE: RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by christine.j

Thank you, Anne. I'll be in Abergavenny the last day of September, so the summer bus service should still be on. It's a long time until September, but when I had a look at the flights I was very surprised to see that most cheap ones had already been sold. That's very early, so I thought I'd better start planning my trip now.

RE: RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by christine.j

Anne, I think I made a mistake. If the regular bus is Monday to Friday and the summer bus Sundays, then there is no bus on Saturday? September,30 will be a Saturday. Do you know how much a taxi would be?

RE: RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by leics

I'm pretty sure there will be a bus on Saturdays (have found a page which implies this), but can't find a useful link for number/ timetables etc. Suggest you phone or email the tourist information office in either Abergavenny or Brecon (google the UK pages on www.google.co.uk for details) because they will definitely be able to sort things out for you (especially as you're booking well in advance). I think a taxi will be very expensive.

RE: RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by christine.j

Thank you. I googled and found a service X43 Abergavenny to Cardiff via Brecon, Monday to Saturday, valid from January 2006. I hope it will still be valid in September.

RE: RE: Which bus stop in Brecon?

by leics

Probably will be, timetables change the end of September or end of October if they are going to change at all. Best check nearer the time anyway.

Travel Tips for Brecon

A lot of Welsh is spoken

by christine.j

I have to apologize to all Welsh speakers in Southern Wales. I really thought the South was more English spoken, while the North of Wales used Welsh. Maybe I was influenced by the books by Rhys Bowen, who tends to put more emphasis on the North as the "real" Wales.
So I was surprised to realize how many people speak Welsh to each other.
All signs are bilingual, with Welsh being the first language. Riding in the buses, I heard people talk to each other in Welsh, also passing them on the streets.
I'm sorry to say I never managed to get the sounds right, I thought I had got the Ll right, like chl, but then I was told I had it all wrong. Of well, luckily everyone spoke English, too and the bus drivers and conductors understood where I wanted to go.

Brecon My home town

by Bangkok_traveller

"A description"

Brecon
Brecon is the county town of Powys, in mid Wales. Powys is the ?new? name of the amalgamated counties of Breconshire and Radnorshire.
Brecon used to be a thriving market town with two market days, Tuesdays and Fridays, when all cattle and animals would be brought into town from the local farms, for a cattle auction, Fridays was also the day of the indoor weekly market. Local farmers, smallholders, market traders and the WI would set up stalls of produce from Home Made Jam, to fruit and veg., and farm produce. Some of the best homemade farmhouse cheese could be bought here on Fridays but alas with all the EU regulations nothing can now be sold that has been made in a farmhouse.
Before the new rules Wales had some strange licensing regulations. If there was a Market being held in the town then the pubs were allowed to stay open from 11AM to 10:30PM i.e. open all day.

Brecon lies in the Usk valley and until the 80?s had the only bridge over the river for 20 miles downstream and 15 miles upstream. Brecon is at the confluence of the Honddu and Tarrell rivers with the Usk. This has caused some serious flooding in times past the worst being about 4 ft above the level of the bridge.

Brecon used to close at 5:30pm and never open on Sundays. There used to be two cinemas, now there is only 1 but it has 3 screens.
Someone in the 70?s decided to have a Jazz festival in Brecon and that is said to be the renaissance of the town. In conjunction with the Brecon Beacons National Park and Mountain Center, Brecon has had some very serious money spent on the town and surrounding areas. Brecon has now become a major tourist center in the summer months, but still closes in the winter. Even the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal has been resurrected to become a major tourist attraction on its own.
Brecon is also the cathedral town, the church of St John the Evangelist, of the diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Many of the buildings within the walls of the original monastery have been converted to a heritage center.
The original Cathedral buildings were built around 1100AD just after a Castle was built to protect the local area.

Brecon used to have a large railway presence but was slowly run down and was finally closed to passenger traffic in the early 60?s. I traveled on one of the last service trains to depart. The old station site now hosts the Fire station. Many of the old railway tracks around Brecon have been converted into country cycle/single track roads. Part of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway has been restored to steam and run by the Brecon Mountain Railway, based in Merthyr, the railway boasts some of the most beautiful scenery to be seen in the area.

Brecon is a useful base to local tourist attractions and mountain walking, having, now, a good road system, but expect to take your time as the surrounding area is predominately agricultural with the roads being the only way some farm machinery can travel. Just a few miles from Brecon is the Wye valley and the town of Hay on Wye reputed to have the most number of secondhand bookshops in the UK.

The Usk and Wye boast some of the best fishing in the whole of Wales.

Take a trip and enjoy the relaxing, laidback atmosphere.

People from Brecon are called Breconions hence my handle.

Use the links to other information about Brecon and the surrounding areas.

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