There are so many ways to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, here are five of the best…
The Breacon Beacons is a National Park in South Wales and a place of outstanding natural beauty. Whether you are heading there for a day trip or as a staycation destination it provides the perfect countryside oasis a whole world away from city life. A two and a half hour train journey from London or accessible by car, the park consists of over 500 square miles of secluded countryside teeming with wildlife. Admire the mountain ponies and sheep, take photos of the beautiful waterfalls and explore the valleys and caves. With so much to see, here are our top five ways to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park…
Walking can be underestimated – it’s the best way to release your inner adventurer and ensure you see everything you wish to. The Brecon Beacons is home to the highest peak in South Wales (Pen y Fan) so take advantage of this and climb the mountain to enjoy the panoramic views of the park beneath. At 886 metres high there is plenty to see – why not bring a picnic to enjoy when you’re at the top? There are many routes to ascent the peak, including the chance to conquer neighbouring peaks Corn Du, Cribyn and Fan y Big. The most dramatic way to reach the summit starts from Cwm Gwdi carpark and takes around four hours to complete the seven mile route. It’s an ideal way to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park. www.breconbeacons.org/walking
(Photo credit: Dan Santillo, cribyn and upper Neuadd reservoir from pen y fan)
Walking not your thing? Why not take to the water in a canoe for an idyllic (and instagram worthy) way to explore! The River Rye takes you past the Black Mountains, Hay Bluff and Lord Hereford’s Knob, giving you plenty of opportunities to grab the perfect candid shot whilst paddling down the river. If you’re looking for something a little more adrenalin inducing, you can tackle white water rafting in South Wales’ most demanding conditions. Adrenalin-fuelled junkies looking for a real adventure can take their pick from a range of Grade 6 waters. www.breconbeacons.org/canoeing-kayaking-stand-up-paddleboarding-whitewater-rafting
Feel you’ve seen all there is to see from outside, or want to explore the Brecon Beacons from an entirely new perspective? Delve into the Welsh History and involvement in the Industrial Revolution with a visit to the Big Pit National Coal Museum. Here you can travel underground and explore the expansive network of cavesand mines at the Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave. Each offers a unique underground experience, boasting impressive rock formations and beautifully lit caverns. www.breconbeacons.org/sightseeingunderground
For a majestic and unique way to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, why not take to horseback? Home to traditional, native Welsh cobs and ponies, the park offers a whole host of trails suitable for riders of all abilities. Whether you are looking for a beginner ride or a longer hack there is something for you – experienced riders can even sign up for a tailor made riding holiday!
While some might use bike to get around the city, take cycling to the countryside and you have a much more invigorating experience. There are a myriad of towparks and hillside tracks offering a variety of terrains suitable for everything from gentle cycles to mountain biking. Journey through the picturesque landscape including Sennybridge, Talybont-on-Usk, Crickhowell and Talgarth or take one of the most challenging routes which includes a legendary climb up The Tumble, used in the Stage Three finale of the Tour of Britain. www.breconbeacons.org/cycling-mountain-biking