A selection of useful links for visitors and residents of the Brecon Beacons.
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority:
Find out where to walk, cycle, ride:
- The Crychan and Halfway forest is set in beautiful countryside nestling between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains. Here miles of waymarked trails take you through tranquil grassy gorges, along old drover's routes and past cascading waterfalls, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains of Mid Wales.
- Epynt Way - over 90 km of paths have been opend up on M.O.D land for walking & riding.
- Wye Valley Walk - If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon stroll, week-end break, or a 2 week walking holiday then the Wye Valley Walk is well worth considering. This beautiful 136 mile (218km) trail follows the river valley from Chepstow in Monmouthshire to the slopes of Plynlimon in Powys, criss-crossing the border between England and Wales.
- Beacons Way - A 160km 100 mile walking route across the Brecon Beacons National Park with details of accommodation on the way.
Find out more about what you need to know for specialist activities:
- South Wales Caving Club - The South Wales Caving Club offers information and access details for the experienced caver.
- River Usk Access - for information on canoe access on the River Usk for the experienced enthousiast.
- Climbing in South Wales - visit this site for more information on the 400 climbing sites in the area.
- Fishing on the Usk and Wye - for help on fishing on the Rivers Usk & Wye
- Merthyr Angling Association also provide day tickets for the river Usk, Taff and several reservoirs & lakes.
- The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority - The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority inspects activity centres and other activity providers on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DfES). If the Licensing Authority is satisfied that the provider complies with nationally accepted standards of good practice they issue a licence.
Sites to help you get to the area and to help you get around once you are here!
Traveline Cymru helps you with bus, coach and rail journey planning and timetable information.
Please note you can call Traveline 0871 200 22 33 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)
The nearest airports to The Brecon Beacons National Park are Cardiff Airport (1 hour to the Central Beacons) & Bristol Airport (2 hours for the eastern end of the National Park). Heathrow & Birmingham are approximately 3 hours way
Various taxi companies offer transport within the area as well as transfer to & from the airports.
- The Beacons Bus get the bus to the hills and bring your bike too!
- National Rail - The most accessible train station for the Park is at Abergavenny This station is just three stops up from Newport on the London to West Wales line the train goes on up the border to Crewe. You can also travel to Mertyr Tydfil from Cardiff.
- Heart of Wales Railway - You can also travel on the scenic Heart of Wales line in the west of the park that comes through Llandovery from Swansea to Shrewsbury.
The National Park & surrounding area:
- The National Park - all you ever wanted to know!
- The Wye Valley combines a unique blend of Welsh and English influences. With awesome castles, bustling market towns, fresh-farm produce, an artisan tradition, generous hospitality, and sunshine and showers, the Wye Valley is a captivating experience that treats the senses at any time of year and takes you out of the National Park on it's eastern border.
- Welcome to South Wales - South Wales stretches from the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley to the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. add the award winning beaches of Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula, the gardens of Carmarthenshire, the heritage attractions of the South Wales Valleys, the Glamorgan heritage coast and the stylish Cardiff, Wales' vibrant capital city - and you have a region which is diverse, interesting and just waiting to be explored.
- Visit Mid Wales -
Mid Wales has something for everyone.
- Most of the Brecon Beacons National Park is in the county of Powys but it's western end is in Carmarthenshire.
Click here for some other useful tourist information and contact details for Brecon Beacons Tourist Information centres