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    Visit the Primate Sanctuary

    by uglyscot Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When trying to find the Henrhyd Falls, we came across a sign to the Chimpanzee Rescue Centre, which is an animal sanctuary, particularly for primates. It is on a farm where there are ponies and horses, pigs, hens and goats as well.
    The monkeys, baboons, marmosets, cappuchins,chimpanzees, lemurs and other primates are kept in cages. Behind the chimpanzee enclosure is a small cemetery with urns filled with flowers and plaque with the name of monkeys.
    Beside the chimpanzee enclosures are photos of the individual chimps with biography. Some had been mistreated before coming to Wales.
    I am not in favour of zoos but these people are trying to help the animals so the [rather large ] entry fee is at least going to a good cause.
    Enty: 5GBP per adult, 3.50 for OAPs and 2.50 for children aged 5- 14.

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    The Canal Basin

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 8, 2011
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    The Canal Basin is a wonderful area to visit. Here you will find picturesque cottages, Brecon Theatre and an opportunity to hire a boat and take to the waterways yourself. Another extremely popular past-time here is walking alongside the canal. The towpaths are well maintained and suitable for pushchairs, bikes and wheelchairs. There are some fabulous cottages to admire on the way, we even found one selling freshly laid eggs.

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    The Brecon Mountain Railway

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 21, 2010

    This fabulous narrow guage railway actually starts at Dowlais Top in Merthyr Tydfil. It runs from Pant station, past the Taf Fechan reservoir, winding its'way to the Brecon Beacons national park it runs alongside the pontsticill reservoir where you can get off and admire the scenery or go for a walk and catch a later train back.
    At the main station (Pant) you will find a Restaurant, Shop, Toilets and Booking Office there are facilities for disabled visitors including a ramp up to the platform where they can board a railway carriage designed to carry wheelchairs. Refreshments and toilet facilities can also be found at the stop in Pontsticill.

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    Ponsticill Reservoir

    by Myfanwe Updated Mar 21, 2010
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    Known as Pontstic by the locals, this fabulous place is located right at the Southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, not far from the busy town of Merthyr Tydfil.

    The hillsides and valleys surrounding the reservoir is proper walking and mountain biking terrain. You can drive part of the way around the reservoir or you can park in one lay-bys on banks of the reservoir and explore your surroundings. There are many paths and waymarked trails in and around the area including the Taff Trail which runs from Cardiff in the South to Brecon in the North.

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    Go for a walk on Mynydd Illtyd

    by Myfanwe Updated Mar 17, 2010
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    This is a fabulous easily accessible walk which starts from the far end of the Car Park of the National Park Visitor Centre. There is a handy information board at the start of the walk showing a map of the area which also highlights places of interest such as an Iron Age Hillfort which can be found along the way. From Mynydd Illtyd you will get some fabulous views of Pen-Y-Fan, the highest mountain peak in South Wales. It was covered in a dusting of snow during my last visit - it's not usually that colour!!

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    Craig-y-Nos Castle

    by uglyscot Updated Feb 25, 2009

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    This castle was the home of the opera singer Adelina Patti from 1878 until her death in 1919. She had a lot of work done on the building and grounds in the 40 years. On her death it became a hospital and then went under private ownership. Now it is a hotel and function venue. The parks are now under the Brecon Beacon National Park Authority.
    There is also a unique theatre.

    The site is attractive.

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    Take the Heart of Wales Line

    by christine.j Written Oct 11, 2006

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    The Heart of Wales Line is a train which runs from Swansea to Shrewsbury through, you guessed it, the heart of Wales. It's a very small train, just one or two cars. The conductor asks people where they want to get off, as most stops are request stops. So when there is nobody who wants to get in or off, the train won't stop.
    As I had been told the first part is the best, I took this train from Swansea to Llandovery. The views are fantastic! You see a lot of the beautiful scenery of Wales, mountains,rivers, even parts of the sea. I enjoyed it very much, I just regretted that I wasn't able to get off at every stop and walk around.
    My Freedom of South Wales Flexipass covered the ticket, a good deal for me.

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    Craig-y-nos Park

    by uglyscot Written Jul 31, 2006

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    The grounds on Craig-y-Nos castle came under the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Thereis a visitor centre with an exhibition, shop and toilets. Beside this is a natural garden.
    Clearly marked on a map by the car park [free] are the various walks. These take you beside a lake with swans and mallard ducks, into a pinewood plantation, a beech wood, along a stream, a meadow, a rose garden and all with the mountains in the background.
    It is very pleasant and fun for children.

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    The Henrhyd Falls

    by uglyscot Written Jul 31, 2006

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    There are signs to the falls but it is still not easily reached and involves driving along narrow single track roads. There is a carpark with a sign giving information about the geology and flora of the area.
    It is [at least in summer on a clear day] a rather magical place.
    Although the path to the falls is very steep and hard on the legs [and the climb back is even worse], for the fit it is well worth the effort of seeing it.

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    Talybont-On-Usk

    by Myfanwe Updated Jul 5, 2006

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    Talybont-On-Usk is an idyllic village about 3-5 miles from the centre of Brecon. This small village lies alongside the Brecon & Monmouthshire canal, there are two pubs situated fairly close to each other, backing onto the canal. These are very popular with walkers & cyclists making an ideal stop-off for lunch. Approximately 4 miles from the main villiage lies the Talybont-On-Usk reservoir (well signposted from the village), the flora & fauna surrounding the waters are beautiful, there is also a small camp site & a bird hide situated on the far end of the lake (turn right as you drive from the village).

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    National Park Visitor Centre

    by Myfanwe Written Jul 5, 2006

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    The visitor centre is situated in the village of Libanus which is situated about 3 miles from the centre. It is located at 1100ft above sea level & from it you get stunning views of Pen-Y-Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales. An adjacent moorland ridge offers some fine easy to moderately graded walking. There is a gift shop there selling maps & gifts and a cafe offering home cooked food. Admission is free but there is a moderate charge for car parking.

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    Dinosaurs at Dan-yr-Ogof

    by awladhassan Updated Dec 5, 2005

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    There are underground caves and the area has been transformed into a dinosaur theme park. It is popular with children and adults alike.In fact there are 10 attractions including showcaves, iron age farm, shire horse centre .
    There is free parking for 500 cars. The centre is open from Easter to october 31st at 10am-3pm daily.

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    Take a ride on a Barge

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 8, 2011
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    Dragonfly cruises run boat trips along the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal. The boat trips start from Brecon Canal Basin, just alongside the Theatre.

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