Brecon Beacons National Park Travel Guide
Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons National Park
Summer aat the lake
Remote, breathtakingly wild and lovely; a vast area to explore within the mountain folds
weather can change very quickly
In a nutshell
Fantastic views and amazing air for hikers and tourists alike.
Of course the main thing to do in the Brecon Beacons is walking, and in the Mountain Centre you can get different maps of the area. Because I was only here for one afternoon, I just bought a small map for £1, which was sufficient for my short walk to Twyn y Gaer (more about...
Twyn y Gaer - Hill fort
The destination of my walk was the iron age hill fort of Twyn y Gaer. This walk was proposed by the men working in the Mountain Centre, and I agreed because I am interested in prehistory and because they said that you have a very good view from there. And it was a very nice...
The Mountain Centre
The Mountain Centre is definitely the place to go if you do walking or hiking in this part of the Brecon Beacons. They have as many maps and guide books on offer as you can wish for, and in addition a selection of gear, special clothing, souvenirs etc. There is a help desk...
Walk under a waterfall
A lovely walk along a chain of waterfalls down the Mellte and Hepste rivers, near Ystradfellte, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The most spectacular waterfall, Sgwd yr Eira, is at the end of the trail, where you will walk behind a curtain of water. The trail is...
St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny
The present structure is C14th, though there was a much earlier church here. St Mary's is said to have the second largest collection of medieval monuments of any church. One extraordinary item to have survived the the Puritans is an enormous wooden figure of Jesse, once part...
Brecon Mountain Railway
The railway has all-weather carriages which provide amazing views of the route along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer. Passengers can alight at Pontsticill and visit the Café, admire the view across the water to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons, and...
Many of the Brecon beacon ridges are quite sheer, particularly on the northern side, dropping deep into corrie lakes at the bottom.In this featureless terrain with so few trees or paths, contour navigation is often your safest bet.
The Brecon Beacons Park Society, have just published their Summer 2009 walks programme,loads of good walks in here, they are usually quite long and strenuous and you need a good level of fitness to keep up with the regulars. Its a great way to find out more about the area...
Tea Rooms at the Mountain Centre: Have a meal with a view on Pen y Fan!
When I arrived at the Mountain Centre, I was very thirsty from my walk up the hill, and so at first I bought a cold drink at the Tea Rooms. It was quite crowded here because there were several groups of school children and walkers, so the queue was a bit long, but finally I...
The Butcher's Arms: A brilliant country pub
After climbing a couple of the nearby peaks this pub was a welcome rest.The owners were very welcoming and we were greeted by a roaring fire. The food was very tasty; all eight of us enjoyed our meals.The food is priced very reasonably.The area around the pub is very...
Angel Hotel (and Borough Theatre): A night out in Abergavenny
Those of you who grew up in small country towns will be familiar with the Abergavenny Saturday-night-ambience. We stumbled ever so fractionally on the kerb and we found this provided a group of 16 year old girls with enough amusement to keep them laughing for a good 10...
The Green Man festival
We went to the very first Green man festival in the eccentric Craig Y Nos castle grounds. It was a tiny folk festival then, with other events alongside, like a story teller and fire-eater. Will be its 5th year in 2008 15th, 16th, 17th August. Super Furry Animals and Richard...
Bus to the Brecon Beacons
The closest bus stop the Mountain Centre is located within the small village of Libanus. From the bus stop, it is still a walk of about half an hour to the Mountain Centre itself.I went to the Brecon Beacons by a bus of the Sixty-Sixty bus company, but unfortunately this...
Beacons Bus - a Sunday Bus
Don't know if you have heard of Beacons Bus, it is a Sunday Bus service that runs to all sorts of places in and out of the National Park, Brecon is the hub, so all the early morning buses make their way to Brecon arriving at 11ish and then go out again on various tours, you...
Cup of Nant Eos : a strange story of a Welsh Grail
The cup is connected with the estate at Nant Eos (Stream of the Nightingale), near Aberystwyth, and is said to have been brought to Wales by Joseph of Arimathea - that same uncle of Jesus who was so busy at Glastonbury.
Some say the cup is made of olive wood, some of wych elm (it was claimed it was of olive wood, I suppose, to suggest it could be the wood of the true cross). It is supposed to have come from nearby Strata Florida Abbey at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The cup once had healing powers, but these are said to have been lost.
One story tells how the composer Wagner stayed at Nant Eos in C19th, and inspired by the presence of the cup, and the legend of the quest to find it, began work on his opera Parsival. However, the facts and dates don't match up, as Wagner began work on the opera some ten years before he stayed at the house. I don't know where the cup is now, though my brother things it may be in a safety box in a bank vault in Hereford!
Updated Jan 16, 2007
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Finding the way
At the tourist information they had told me that from the bus stop in Libanus I should just walk up the street and I would find the Mountain Centre very easily...So I went to Libanus unprepared, but when I arrived, I saw that it was not so easy. I found a signpost and walked...
Walking might take longer than expected!
When I arrived at the Mountain Centre, I asked staff about the walks that I might do within the short time I had, and they advised me to do the walk to the hill fort. I asked several times just to make sure, and they said that I could absolutely do that walk within one hour,...
Mountain church: get well and truly lost!
The church of St. Issui, Patricio, took half a day and a lot of argument to find. In a very lovely and very isolated valley in the Black Mountains. There is a very great deal to see here: a superb carved medieval rood screen; extraordinary wall paintings once hidden behind...
World Heritage comes to the valleys: Blaenavon
I have included Blaenavon in the 'Off the Beaten track', simply because it falls outside the National Park. An easy day trip from any part of the Beacons.It will be through films like Brassed Off & Billy Elliott that many VT visitors will know of the struggle between titan...
The ride to the Brecon Beacons
Favorite thing: I went to the Brecon Beacons by bus and I enjoyed the ride very much. After some time you get right into the mountains, and you can see this remarkable landscape... I found it simply wonderful, and also unusual: The mountains are barren apart from some scarce vegetation, you can neither see rocks, nor many trees. It is a yellowish-brownish colour, and the rolling, soft form of the mountains is a contrast to the harsh vegetation. It is a strange sort of beauty, but beauty it is!
I loved going through here by bus, and although I was only here for one day, I fell in love with this landscape and very much wish to return.
Written Jun 11, 2012
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