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A velvet patchwork quilt draped over the peaks and valleys of the Welsh countryside

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Rolling countryside of the Brecon Beacons

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure or peace and tranquillity, Brecon Beacons is an enchanting place to visit.

The Brecon Beacons is a rugged area of South Wales, dominated by misty mountains and deep, wooded valleys, and scattered with attractive market towns and villages. For decades, this unspoilt region has been a magnet for walkers, many of whom come to conquer Pen Y Fan, South Wales’ highest peak, or one of hundreds of hill walks, which offer spectacular views across the countryside.

The Brecon Beacons is one of the only places in the world to have been granted Dark Sky Reserve status. On a clear night, you can enjoy the awe-inspiring sight of the Milky Way in a pitch-black sky, completely unaffected by light pollution. There are several places in the Brecon Beacons where you can enjoy a variety of water-sports, perhaps none more picturesque than Llangorse Lake, the region’s biggest lake and an excellent spot for sailing, swimming and wildlife-watching.

Carreg Cennen Castle

Dotted throughout the Brecon Beacons are some remarkable historical sites, few of which are as distinctive as Tintern Abbey, the famous ruins of which have inspired poets and artists such as Wordsworth and Turner. Also well worth a visit are the ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle , which are perched on a hilltop with views across the national park.

The country pubs and tearooms scattered across the Brecon Beacons are some of Wales’ best. You’ll also find a good selection of modern restaurants, serving cuisines from all over the world. The Felin Fach Griffin is a stylish pub and restaurant which is known for its excellent, reasonably priced food, prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

“Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure or peace and tranquility, Brecon Beacons is an enchanting place to visit.”

The Nantyfinn Cider Mill Inn is another good option, where local lamb and beef is often on the menu, courtesy of award-winning chef Sean Gerrard. The White Swan is another atmospheric, old pub with a reputation for excellent food. Try the Brecon venison haunch steak with spinach, chick peas and oregano jus.

There are few better ways to refuel after a day exploring the Brecon Beacons than in one of the region’s many traditional tearooms. Pilgrims Tearoom is set in the magnificent grounds of Brecon Cathedral and is a lovely spot for a homemade cake or cream tea. Another good option is West End Café, in Llandovery, a favourite among bikers and known for its homemade pies and value for money.

While you’re there


The highest peak south of Snowdonia, it’s a hard going but rewarding walk to reach the summit.

Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall

These falls are accessed by a pretty woodland walk and a perfect place to stop for a waterside picnic.

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Walk, cycle, or take to the water by boat along this gorgeous canal route that runs for 35 miles.

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