An Introduction to The Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park is located in southern Wales stretching from Hay-on-Wye in the east to Llandeilo in the west. Within an area of 520 sq miles, the Park contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain including the Black Mountains, the Central Beacons and Fforest Fawr with many rivers, gorges, forests and moorland.
Things to do in the Brecon Beacons
Carreg Cennen Castle, from the Norman times is open to the public. Many churches and chapels in the area, such as Ystradfellte church are open to visitors. To the east lie the Black Mountains and the Central Beacons are in the south. There is an annual Hay Festival of Literature and you can also visit the Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves. Other places to visit include:
Dragonfly Cruises - Spend a delightful few hours cruising through some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain, lying within the Brecon Beacons National Park
Getting to the Brecon Becons
Cardiff's international airport is an hour and a half from the Brecon Beacons via coach or car.
There are two main railway stations in the Brecon Beacons, Merthyr Tydfil which has a connection to Cardiff and Abergavennywhich has connection to Newport, Bristol or Manchester.
By Coach and Bus
Coach travellers can get to Brecon via Cardiff using National Express or Stagecoach. For other routes Megabus also travels to the Brecons. There are several bus services in the Brecon Beacons.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is well served by the motorway network. From the M4 coming from the east the journey is either via the A449 to Raglan picking up the A40 or via the A470, one of the Brecon's main roads, at Cardiff. From the west off the M4 you can enter the National Park via the A4067. From the M5 travel by the M50 to Monmouth and join the A40 into the area. It is 6 hours from London, though once in the Brecons the roads are smaller.