Brecon Beacons National Park is a 519-square mile park in South Wales, stretching from Hay-on-Wye in the north to Pontypool in the south. It encompasses the Brecon Beacons mountain range which includes the park’s highest mountain, Pen y Fan, as well as the Great Forest, the western Black Mountain and the distinct Black Mountains in the east. The park is very popular amongst mountaineers, cyclists and cavers as well as watersports enthusiasts who take advantage of its spectacular waterfalls and rapids. Its harsh terrain and remote location makes it an ideal training ground for the British Army who have schools there. Named after the practice of lighting beacons to signal the presence of invaders, the park is Wales’ first International Dark Sky Reserve, making it one of best places in the UK to spot the major constellations and meteor showers.
Despite its secluded mountain ranges, the National Park is very easy to access. Rail travellers can take a train to Abergavenny or Merthyr Tydfil mainline stations which are situated on the southern side of the park. The T4 and T6 buses to Brecon run from Cardiff and Swansea respectively. If you’re travelling from abroad, the nearest airport is Cardiff International Airport.
Before you head to the Beacons, why not check out the National Park’s website to check what’s going on? There are also plenty of local events to get involved in, such as the Brecon Beacons Food Festival and the Brecon Baroque Festival in October 2016.
When you’re visiting the Brecon Beacons, make sure you stay in the perfect rental accommodation for you. At Eventful Stays, you have the choice of staying in houses, rooms, bed and breakfasts, studios or apartments…all within easy reach of the national park via public transport or hire car. Check out our accommodation in South Wales.
While you’re in Brecon Beacons, why not check out the following things to do and sights to see: climb the park’s highest mountain, Pen-y-Fan; explore the beautiful Brecon Cathedral; and get the adrenalin pumping by going white water rafting, caving or climbing in the mountains.
If you’re looking for more information about the Brecon Beacons, please head to the National Park Visitor Centre website, where you’ll be able to find out more about weather updates in the park, the walks and trails you can follow, SAS and army activity there as well as a full list of things to do.
If you own any type of private accommodation near the Brecon Beacons, such as a home, bed and breakfast, apartment or studio, you can rent it out and earn extra income with Eventful Stays. List your accommodation today and pay zero commission on the world’s largest event platform.