If you are one of the fortunate people who are planning on paying a visit to Brecon Beacons National Park while staying in the abodes we offer in South Wales, then why not do a bit of swatting up on the place before you go?

Here are 12 top facts about the popular Brecon Beacons National Park that fits perfectly with the ethos of our UK glamping holidays at Quality Unearthed.

Some shots of a recent walking trip in the Brecon Beacons National Park Wales near our South Wales glamping accommodation.

  • The Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957, under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949.
  • It was the 10th area in Wales and England to be given such status.
  • In April 1996, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority came into being. It replaced the former Brecon Beacons National Park Committee which had managed the Park since 1974.
  • The park is made up of several areas- Powys, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, and Torfaen. The % of Park area and the % of National Park population is listed in the table below:

Local Authority

% of Park Area

% of National Park Population

Powys

66.1

70

Carmarthenshire

16.7

5

Monmouthshire

11.1

21

Rhondda Cynon Taff

3.9

3

Merthyr Tydfil

1.8

1

Blaenau Gwent

0.2

0.1

Torfaen

0.1

0.1

 

  • The Brecon Beacons National Park covers a staggering 520 square miles.
  • Brecon Beacons proper is a distinctive north-facing escarpment which rises to 886m at Pen y Fan, making it the highest point in southern Britain.
  • 70% of the land that lies within the Park is privately owned.
  • People regularly come here for the special landscape, for outdoor activities and for the superb food and drink available locally. Walking is by far the most popular of the more active pursuits, but cycling, mountain biking, horse riding and fishing are all enjoyed on a wide scale. More specialist activities you can take part in are caving, canoeing, sailing, hang-gliding and parascending.
  • There are more than 2,800 rights of way within the National Park with an over-all length of 1983km.
  • In 2005 the Forest Fawr Geopark was established, the first European Geopark in Wales. The area has been proudly recognised for its scientific quality, spectacular landscapes, educational value and historical and cultural interest. The geology tells the story of ancient climate change, mountain building as well as sea level changes. Impressively the hills and valleys are marked by glaciers from the Ice Ages.
  • There are around 1250 farms within the Park. Most of these farms are mixed livestock enterprises (cattle and sheep).
  • About 250,000 people use the National Park Authority’s three Visitor Centres each year.

Image: Les Haines  under Creative Commons.

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