The Brecon Beacons National Park

There are few places in Wales that can beat the Brecon Beacons for the beauty of its landscape – from wild rugged mountains to remote moorland and gentle wooded valleys. One of three National Parks in Wales it covers a vast area of more than 1344 km².

In 2005 its western reaches gained global status with its membership of the Global Network of National Geoparks. The Forrest Fawr Geopark with its red sandstone peaks of Pen Y Fan and Corn Du brings visitors from all over the world to enjoy some of the most breathtaking views in the whole country. We have detailed walking maps and guides on all the walks there including some lesser known routes. Our personal favourite is the circular ridge walk approached from Pontstcil Reservoir (driving/walking route directions supplied) and if you start early enough in the day you can drop in to Penderyn Distillery (makers of the only Welsh whisky) on the way home for a guided tour and perhaps a bottle to enjoy beside a crackling fire in the evening!

If this is a little strenuous for you 'Waterfall Country” begins just up the valley, offering many easy walks to the spectacular waterfalls that plummet to the valley floors in the wooded landscapes.

Too wet for walking today? The park even has its rainy day venue! Dan Yr Ogof National Showcaves is the largest show caves centre in Western Europe. Just a 20 minute drive from the cottages it offers a wonderful day out for the whole family with tours of its magical caves and underground lake; a dinosaur park ; shire horse centre; iron age village; farm and play barn.