Carved by ice and weathered by time, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a diverse and beguiling landscape that begs to be explored.
With sweeping valleys, remote mountain ranges, vast swathes of moorland, magical waterfalls, historical ruins, quaint towns and villages, friendly people and a plethora of wildlife to see, the national park is a Mecca for those looking to escape the hustle-and-bustle of modern life.
At 520 square miles, the park covers roughly the same area as the London Underground system. Do not be fooled into thinking this relatively small park is jam-packed like a tube train, though. The Brecon Beacons National Park is far less populated and, surprisingly, less visited than others in the UK.
Due to the small population and astonishingly few visitors, the wild and remote landscape is yours alone to enjoy for the most part. In fact, you will be surprised just how isolated it can feel at times. Despite being less than 30 miles from Cardiff, 100 miles from Birmingham and a mere three hours from London, the national park is a rare wilderness, especially the Black Mountain range, which feels dizzyingly deserted.
There are four main ranges within the national park. Confusingly, two of them, though entirely separate, have very similar names. To the west is the Black Mountain range and, in the east, the Black Mountains, which include a peak called Black Mountain. At the heart are the Brecon Beacon themselves, the national park’s namesake.
This Collection serves as an introduction to this wildly intoxicating national park. The routes included will take you to the iconic summits of Sugar Loaf, Table Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog and Fan Foel, as well as the classic ‘horseshoe’ route that includes Corn Du, Pen y Fan — the highest in the national park — Cribyn and Fan y Big.
While the peaks, ridges and remote landscape here are, no-doubt, making your legs twitch for some action, this Collection also takes you to the utterly mesmerizing ‘Waterfall Country’, where you can see another side of the Brecon Beacons National Park all together — and walk behind the watery veil of a magnificent waterfall.
The best place to stay to explore the national park is Abergavenny, a small, friendly market town with lots of interest, places to stay and great options for food and drink. There is also a super-easy route to explore the town in this Collection, too.
Abergavenny is served by frequent trains on the Newport to Shrewsbury Line. You can easily connect for trains to Manchester in the north, Cardiff (20 minutes away), Bristol (approximately 50 minutes away) and London. The train station is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Abergavenny and there are plenty of taxis at the rank at the station to take you to your accommodation.
For more information on Abergavenny, places to stay, transport, and much more, visit: visitabergavenny.co.uk.
Pen y Fan is the most popular mountain climb in the Brecon Beacons National Park. For good reason, too. The hike packed with interest, full of wildlife and the views afforded from the highest peak in the national park are truly phenomenal.
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Sometimes dubbed the last wilderness in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the bold landscape this route explores is one sculpted by glacial ice millennia ago and boasts sublime views every step of the way.
This route is a challenge, but your efforts are rewarded grandly. This bold, dramatic, wild and…
One of the most iconic sights in the Brecon Beacons National Park is the aptly named Table Mountain (Crug Hywel, in Welsh). Looming over the market town of Crickhowell, the hill's flat, slightly sloping top, simply begs to be climbed.
At 1,480 feet (451 meters) high, the phenomenal views showcase the…
It may not be the biggest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park, it does not have any rocky crags, ridges, crags, or hair-raising features, but there is something very special about the grassy slopes of Sugar Loaf.
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Once carved by industry, The Blorenge and the surrounding landscape is now sculpted by nature. While the scars of its industrial heritage are still visible, they add immense character to the rugged heather moorland, which now flourishes with wildlife.
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Abergavenny is the perfect base for your explorations in the Brecon Beacons National Park. A vibrant market town, it boasts an array of places to stay, as well as cafes, restaurants and pubs to refuel you after a long day hiking in the mountains.
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