A relaxing long weekend or week in Wales can often feel much too short, with so much to see and do in this stunning part of the UK, it’s really no wonder visitors to the area return time and time again. But what is it exactly that makes this corner of the UK so unique? Here at Quality Unearthed, we think it’s the jaw-droppingly beautiful and diverse landscape, wildlife, welcoming folk and abundance of things to do for people of all ages.
The Brecon Beacons is a majestic National Park, consisting of towering mountains, rolling countryside, rivers and lakes; the inland haven will not disappoint during a visit, so, what are you waiting for? Discover just some of the things you could get up to during your time there.
After being designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2012, the Brecon Beacons has been firmly put on the map as being one of the best places in the country to admire the glistening night’s sky. There are observatories dotted across the National Park, as well as several dark sky sites. But, if like many of us, the draw of stargazing is finding a quiet spot to yourself, packing a blanket, wrapping up warm and bringing along a flask of something warm, then you’re in luck, as across most of the Brecon Beacons, you’ll catch a glimpse of the milky way on a clear, moonless night.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a crag or cliff waiting for you to climb. With several activity centres across the national park, as well as maps detailing the protected and bolted sport routes and boulders for those more experienced.
With lakes, reservoirs and rivers, the Brecon Beacons are any anglers dream! The celebrated rivers of Wye and Usk are easily reached during your visit to the National Park. With regular catches of barbel, roach, perch, pike, brown trout and salmon. The lakes and reservoirs are also exceptional places to try your luck at a catch, with Llangors and Talybont being particularly nice spots to sit and while away a few hours. Permits are required in many of the areas mentioned, and there are seasonal restrictions to what you can catch, so please do check ahead before you set off.
Gathering food is a unique past-time which has seen a revival here in the UK, it’s a rewarding activity for those who have an appreciation of nature and a desire to get outdoors, with the added bonus of, on occasion, finding something delicious to tuck into on your return. The Brecon Beacons are renowned for the abundance of edibles to be found amongst the landscape, from the obvious foods such as nettles and wild thyme to the rare mushrooms, sorrel and yarrow. Take care if you’re new to foraging, and don’t try anything if you’re not certain of its identification.
Gorge Walking or Caving
One for the adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, both gorge walking and caving are a thrilling activity to take part in during your time in the National Park. Much like the climbing options in the area, there are guides for the less experienced and maps available for those who are well practised.
Simply picture-perfect, the waterfalls amongst the Brecon Beacons are likely to take your breath away with their undeniable beauty. Often referred to as ‘Waterfall Country’, you won’t be far from a stunning waterside spot. Don’t forget to bring along your camera!
As you explore the Brecon Beacons, whether that’s by car, foot or bicycle, it’s likely the mountains of the National Park will always be in view. Pen y Fan is the highest peak in the park, at 886 meters above sea level. You can choose which path suits your group’s ability. One of the easiest is the four-mile circular from the Port ar Daf car park (440m), to the peak, it’s approximately four miles, and children over six have been known to tackle it.
What will you get up to while you’re glamping in Wales? The Brecon Beacons is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor explorers, and our stunning range of abodes ensure you get to make the most of the environment at every moment during your break.