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The Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons are a mountain range in the South Wales and also one of three National Parks in Wales. These beautiful and majestic mountains get their name from long ago when it was common practice to light signal fires or beacons on the highest points to warn of attacks by marauding English.

Sgwd-yr-eira a waterfall on the Afon Hepste near the village of Ystradfellte

There are many landscapes to enjoy from fantastic waterfalls to wooded valleys and high moorland which is grazes by sheep and Welsh mountain ponies.


The Beacons offer some great walks and for the more adventurous there is pot holing and caving in the parks amazing limestone caves.

Other activities to enjoy include horse riding or pony trekking, cycling and of course fishing in the many lakes and rivers. Water sports abound and the Brecon Beacons is home to Wales' largest natural Lake at Llangorse which has great facilities for a range of activities including canoes/kayak hire, pedaloes and sailing dinghies.

Walking and Hiking

Hikers and ramblers can enjoy many trails and footpaths crossing the Beacons including the Taff Trail a long distance path that starts in Cardiff and goes as far as Cefn Coed on the north-western edge of Merthyr Tydfil.


The Brecon Beacons are home to a range of wildlife, the many rivers and clear mountain streams offer the perfect habitat for otters, our native crayfish and salmon. Bird watchers can enjoy hundreds of species including the Little Ringed Plover that nests on the abundant gravel banks along the many rivers.