Best Time to Visit
Come rain or shine, there is beauty to be found in the Brecon Beacons. On a scorching summer’s day, the countryside can be appreciated in all its glory, with the vibrant greens of the fields and blue skies overhead. The warmer months lend themselves to those keen to get out and explore the natural playground, as there’s a promise of a clear day. But, it’s in the cooler months that the dramatic scenery demonstrates its might. As clouds form over the mountain tops and thunder rolls across the national park, the wild and fierce landscape can be appreciated for its untamed and rugged beauty.
The Brecon Beacons are a pleasure to explore all year around. There’s an abundance of outdoor activities for when you’re yearning for some fresh air, while there’s also plenty for those who are searching for a more relaxing break.
Getting to the Brecon Beacons will vary depending on where you’re coming from. Below, we’ve highlighted the cities and towns which are within a comfortable driving distance to the majestic mountain range:
Bristol to the Brecon Beacons – less than two hours
Birmingham to the Brecon Beacons – less than three hours
Oxford to the Brecon Beacons – three hours
Milton Keens to the Brecon Beacons – under four hours
Southampton to the Brecon Beacons – three and a half hours
Sights to See
Pen y Fan
As the highest peak in the park, Pen y Fan is a must-see during your visit. There are multiple routes to reach the summit and each reward those making the journey with outstanding panoramas of the surrounding landscape. You can start at various points on the mountain, depending on your ability and how much time you have. We would recommend walking from Storey Arms Outdoor Centre which is roughly 440 meters up and climbing to the peak, which is 886 meters. You’ll be guided through wild meadows and moorland.
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Another of the Brecon Beacons’ natural wonders, Lllangorse Lake is a tranquil landscape to explore. As the largest natural lake in Wales, it lends itself to an array of water-based activities, from kayaking and windsurfing to paddling, fishing and wildlife watching. Keep an eye out for the water voles and otters, as well as the Canada geese.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
For a picture-perfect place to while away a few hours, head to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Running 35 miles from the Pontymoile basin to the town of Brecon, it is a particularly special part of the countryside. Trees line much of the waterway, and as you journey down, either on foot or by water, you’ll come across a sprinkling of pubs to stop off at and enjoy a refreshment.
Attractions to Visit
Brecon Mountain Railway
The Brecon Mountain Railway invites visitors to sit back and relax while absorbing the beauty of the landscape. Hop aboard a vintage steam train and journey through time and some outstanding scenes. Following part of the original route, the line takes passengers from Pant to Torpantau while you will also journey through Pontsticill and past the Taf Fechan Reservoir.
Castle Carreg Cennen
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No travel within Wales would be complete without visiting one of the historical castles. The iconic landmarks of the country hint at the rich and fascinating past and today provide an atmospheric and interesting place to visit. Perched upon a cliff edge, attackers would have had a difficult task scaling the sheer cliffs to reach this domineering structure. The ruins which stand today are simply spectacular and boast views over the wild Black Mountains and River Cennen.
The Big Pit
Delving into the history of an area you’re exploring can be a fantastic activity for those of all ages! The Big Pit is one of Britain’s top mining museums and the real-to-life mine gives you an insightful overview of what was once a major contributor to the country’s economy. Many of the original features have been preserved and can still be seen today; you can walk in the footsteps of the hardworking miners, down the tunnels, in the buildings and journey more than 90 meters below the ground.
Where to Stay?
The Brecon Beacons has a diverse and unique landscape, so make the most of your trip by staying in an accommodation option that reflects that! Glamping in South Wales is perfect for those wanting to make the most of the natural landscape while staying in an abode that you’ll remember for many years to come!