Established in 1957
The park is approximately 520 square miles of mountains which rise to 886 meters at Pen Y Fan (image below) the highest peaks in southern Britain! The park includes stunning waterfalls, castles, walks and all sorts of outdoor activities including small quaint welsh villages, such as Brecon itself. The park can be reached by walking to the top of the lane from Nant Melyn cottage.
Brecon Beacons National Park
Visit the beautifull "Waterfall country" of the park, located at the top of the Neath valley, where you will find breathtaking tree lined gorges with tumbling water over steep red sandstone. This is not only an area for photographs but be adventurous and walk right behind the curtain of water for a truly revigerating experience.
The Black mountains area of the park are also designated as a Geopark, a territory with a geological heritage of european significance. Described as a 'Cracked and crumbled Layer-cake of rocks, 480 million years in the making, a landscape sculpted by ice and then transformed by man'.
Some of our suggestions on what to see in the park
Black Mountain CALSCH quarry
Located right on top of the Black Mountains above Brynamman you will find the Calch quarries (Lime). Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the quarries and discover the fascinating story of this once thriving lime industry. Starting from either of the two car parks at the site, a way-marked walk will take you along grassy paths and stoney tracks, through a landscape of quarries and the remains of numerous lime kilns spanning at least 200 years. The quarries are home to several plant species that thrive in the limestone environment, and the highly alkaline conditions created by the remains of the lime industry.
Craig-y-nos country park and castle
Situated in a dramatic and romantic location in the secluded upper Swansea Valley, Craig-y-nos country park is a 40-acre Victorian garden with shady woodlands, meadows, ponds, lazy lawns and rushing rivers.
The castle overlooks the gardens and river, and claims to be the most haunted castle in Wales, so why not book yourselves in for a ghost hunt around the castle. For a more relaxed setting, enjoy an afternoon tea, and view the theatre of Madam Adeline Patti.
Garn Goch - Iron Hill Fort
Walk in the footsteps of this iron hill fort that dates from the first millennium BC. A fantastic walk will take you along the ridge taking in both the small and large forts, giving you not only impressive views but also a sense of drama.
Visit a reservoir !
We are pleased to boast a total of 9 reservoirs in the park all together, and what better way to see all of that rainfall before it is turned into water for us to drink!
Visit the Cray Reservoir holding back 4.5 million tonnes of water, and watch the water cascade over the top.
The Usk Reservoir is in a remote area surrounded by forest and moor-land overlooking Mynydd Du (The Black Mountain). There is an 8km circular trail which winds its way around the reservoir.
For a nice afternoon drive visit Llyn Brianne, this reservoir has lovely walks around the area and has a large interesting slipway; in times of low water it is possible to see the tops of houses that were once lived in before the dam was constructed.