Brecon Beacons Travel Guide

  • Brecon Beacons
    by Balam
  • Brecon Beacons
    by Balam
  • Brecon Beacons
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Brecon Beacons Things to Do

  • Visit the Primate Sanctuary

    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...

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  • Take a ride on a Barge

    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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  • The Canal Basin

    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...

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  • The Brecon Mountain Railway

    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...

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  • Ponsticill Reservoir

    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...

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  • Go for a walk on Mynydd Illtyd

    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...

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  • Craig-y-Nos Castle

    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...

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  • Take the Heart of Wales Line

    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...

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  • Craig-y-nos Park

    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...

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  • The Henrhyd Falls

    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...

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  • Talybont-On-Usk

    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...

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  • National Park Visitor Centre

    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 &...

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Brecon Beacons Restaurants

  • Local Welsh cuisine

    Even though I haven't eaten here myself, I have heard some very good reviews about it. I have stayed in the campsite next to the restaurant & have been told that you do have to book at the restaurant on weekends as it gets very busy.Prices of meals can vary - have a look at the website, there is a sample menu on there with prices - it all looks...

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  • Lovely fish and chips

    The Coracle fish and Chip shop is ideally situated in Brecon town centre. You can buy a take-away meal or take a seat in the Restaurant. A wide variety of meals are on offer on the Restaurant menu, mostly served with chips. I had cod mushy peas and chips - they were very nice, the faggots peas and chips looked nice too. They also serve a good...

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  • An excellent find!!

    This pub is a really cosy little place with a good choice of home cooked pub meals on the menu. The customers consisted of a mix of locals and tourists alike. You must try the beef curry - it was delicious, a little on the hot side but hey I was camping so needed all the warmth I could get.

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Brecon Beacons Transportation

  • Transportation Part 1: Plan ahead

    I'm writing these transportation tips to point out some problems I encountered when touring the Beacons.I don't want to scare people off from going there. It's a beautiful area!Getting around in the Brecon Beacons without a car is a challenge. A car would have been a good thing and I could have visited more places. However, for me, driving on the...

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  • Transportation Part 3

    Another thing to be aware of: There are not always bus stops which can be recognized as such, so make sure you wave to the driver when you want to get on. I found the drivers were all very friendly and let people get on and off where they wanted.I had taken the train to Llandovery and wanted to go back to Brecon by bus. The bus was supposed to...

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  • Transportation Part 2

    The next day I wanted to take the bus to Hay-on-Wye, showed my pass to the driver and was informed that he couldn't accept this pass. I told him I had checked , the service Brecon-Hay was covered by this pass but he said this was true only for the weekday service. The Sunday service was done by a bus company from Herefordshire, who does not accept...

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Brecon Beacons Warnings and Dangers

  • Weather

    Although the Beacons look beautiful they can be deadly, the weather can change so easily so be prepared with good clothing and let someone know where you intend going. In Emergency: If you are on your own try to summon help by using a whistle or torch or flares or mobile phone. To contact rescue services get to a phone and dial 999 and ask for...

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  • Don't underestimate the mountains

    I had hoped to do some nice hiking tours in the Brecon Beacons, but I was warned not to go when it had been raining. The mountains are not very high, certainly not when you compare them to the Alps, but steep. There are no trees growing on them which increases the danger of falling. Since I had looked at the weather report for a couple of days...

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