Whatever adventure you are planning – make sure you #BeAdventureSmart

Whatever Brecon Beacons adventure you are planning this Easter, be Adventure Smart:
Make your good day better.

Walking - Brecon Beacons Pen-y-Fan (from Cribyn)

Pen y Fan ©

A Welsh Government funded project Adventure Smart Wales are calling on people to with the launch of their new website today, providing essential information and advice for a great day out.  Find out more here

Adventure is happening every day in our National Park!

It’s up to you to choose what your next Brecon Beacons adventure will be – rock climbing, gorge walking, a walk in the hills, a family day spent along the Canal, caving, kayaking on our rivers,  mountain biking or horse riding the activity options in the National Park are endless. Check out all the activities you can do here.


Whatever your activity, there are a few simple things you need to consider will help your day stay great and ensure that, at the end of the day, you travel home safely, looking forward to your next adventure.

Be Adventure Smart!

Check out the new website, AdventureSmartWales.com, which provides you with all the essential information you need to get outdoors, confident that you have prepared for a great day.  The website has launched today in time for the Easter holidays, and come rain or shine people will be heading off for adventures in the great Welsh outdoors! With the launch today of a new pan-Wales campaign we are calling on people to ‘Be Adventure Smart’.

Take a look at their video for some great tips on how you can enjoy the Welsh Countryside safely.

Ask yourself three simple questions before you set off: Do I have the right gear? Do I
know what the weather will be like? Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for the day? From the weather forecast, time of sunset, tide times and lots more practical advice AdventureSmartWales.com will give you the answers you need.



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Welsh Overland Safari launch tours for friends or solo travellers!

Due to popular demand, Welsh Overland Safari are pleased to announce the first four open tours for solo travellers or friends to book!


– Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April – Eastern Beacons Tour
Includes: Pen y Crug – Talgarth Mill – Hay Bluff – Cwmyoy Church

– Saturday 5th May – Abergwesyn Pass & Twm Sion Catti’s Cave
Includes: Devils Staircase – Soar y Mynnydd Chapel – Mock German Village

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– Saturday 16th June – Grand Tour of Elan Valley
Includes: The Turbine House – The unfinished Dam – Red Kite Feeding centre

– Sunday 1st July – Cwm Graig DDU Waterfall Country Tour
Includes: Wild Ponies – Maen Llia Standing Stone – Walk under a waterfall

The cost will be just £20.00 per person and strictly limited to 8 places per trip. Depending on which tour we will do our best to offer flexible Pick up and Drop of points. The tours will run approximately from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

The tours will take place in Richards legendary luxury Mini Bus and other highlights will include tales of Welsh Folk law, will include plenty of great photo opportunities and the chance to make new friends!

To book or ask any questions call 01982 552140, email jd.pwllgwilym@gmail.com or through Facebook

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Daffodil Day at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Daffodils will be the centre of attention for a special day devoted to Wales’ national flower – taking place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Sunday, March 25th.

Daffodils in the Garden BY: Steffan John

 With more than 50 varieties of daffodils on display, the Garden is a natural place to explore the difference between trumpets, tazettas and tête-a-têtes.

 Come and discover how Welsh varieties have been pushed close to extinction and why daffodils are associated with our patron saint, St. David.

Renowned naturalist, Ray Woods, will be our special guide as he gives a free talk and guided walk about the history of daffodils and their Welsh connections.  The talk will take place in Theatr Botanica at 1pm and will be followed by a guided walk of the Garden’s daffodil collections

Creative Commons-Attribution (BY): Tim Jones

There’ll be a fab daffodil competition on the day too, where little ones and grown-ups can take a photo with our ‘Daffodil Selfie-Frame’ among the Garden’s daffodils, with a children’s garden tools set as a prize for the children, and potted daffodils and a Growing the Future book for adults for our favourite entries!  Simply post your photos to the Garden’s or Growing the Future’s Facebook page to enter.

 A self-led trail around the Garden’s various daffodil highlights will be available to visitors in the run-up to the day, as well as on Sunday, March 25th.

Daffodil Day is on from 10am until 4.30pm, with all daffodil-related activities included in the Garden admission price.

Admission to the Garden is £10.50 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children five to 16 years of age. Entry is free for Garden members and parking is free for all.

 For more information about this or other events, visit our website, call 01558 667149 or email info@gardenofwales.org.uk

 This event is part of the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ Growing the Future project.  This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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Hay on Wye, Town of Books announces 2018 Independence Celebrations and #BookstagramHay

hay independance and bookstagram event 2018On Saturday 1st April last year, Hay on Wye celebrated 40 years of UDI – The Unilateral Declaration of Independence.   The original creative act showed Richard Booth at his best; the idea of publicising Hay-on-Wye by declaring it to be an Independent Kingdom of Books in 1977 and himself the King was an example of pure genius. For many years it
generated free and entertaining publicity for our town. Love him or hate him, our King has set some very high standards when it comes to making Hay the place for book lovers to visit throughout the year.

Now that Richard is older and frailer it is up to the rest of us to keep this creative spirit and sense of enterprise going for the next 40 years.

Following on from the enormous success of the 2017 celebrations the town has a week-long celebration of all things ‘Hay’ planned for this year. The programme runs from Friday 30th March to Sunday 8th April inclusive. Find the full programme of events here

Programme highlights include:
Free activities and workshops for children of all ages at the Parish Hall all week!
An enormous line-up of speakers, workshops, artists, music and dancing around the town at bookshops, The Parish Hall and at The Globe @Hay.

The only Bookstagram meet-up in the WORLD to happen in a Book Town! This international social media group of artistic book-lovers choose the one and only Town of Books for an annual get-together with Booths Bookshop and Addyman Books the          epi-centre of their destination, travelling from all four corners of the Globe this network really integrate themselves into the community during their stay so look out for many
Bookstagram themed events during the celebrations, there’s always room for a few more ‘Bookstagramers’ in the world so lots of opportunities to get involved and meet others who appreciate all aspects of the book world!

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The Story of Books brings the Baskerville Wayzgoose to Hay on Saturday 31st March.
During the Easter weekend, we welcome Jeff Towns ‘The Dylan Thomas Guy’. Jeff Towns is one of the world’s leading Dylan Thomas experts. An antiquarian book dealer by trade, based in the poet’s home-town of Swansea, Jeff was originally known, both locally & globally, as ‘Jeff the Books’. He is now known simply, affectionately and professionally as ‘The Dylan Thomas Guy’. Jeff will be bringing his ‘DYLANS MOBILE BOOKSTORE’ to Hay – “We are 27ft of fully shelved, fully loaded, wall to wall anachronistic, anarchistic,
existentialist, surrealist bliss. We offer books to eat in or take away. We are a timeless and timely tide against the death of the high street, the loss of the libraries, the rise of the right and the curse of the Kindle. Our ‘Bus moves with what Gerald Manly Hopkins might’ve called a ‘sprung rhythm’. You can’t inscape us. We’ll be coming your way soon, and as Frank Zappa once told you Don’t make a fuss, just get on the Bus. And
remember these two things: Let the BookBus come to you. And Let the Good Times Roll.”

#HayToday #BookstagramHay #Hay41 #TownOfBooks #StoryOfBooks #Bookstagram

Check out our guide to Hay on Wye here. guide to Hay on Wye here. 

Anne Brichto, Addyman Books said: “People visit Hay because they love books and because they love that we do not have a chain store, betting shop or any big businesses of any kind in our centre. Based on the Booth philosophy
Hay has managed to survive and thrive, the town still draws more tourists from all over the world than any other place in Wales. Come and see what all the fuss is about, you won’t be disappointed!”

Josh Green, Green Ink Booksellers said: “This will be an all-out celebration of the magic of Hay, the original book town and the ongoing story of The Independent kingdom”

Emma Balch, The Story of Books said: “Following the success of the inaugural Baskerville Wayzgoose, with more than 600 visitors, this year we are bringing the event into the heart of Hay-on-Wye. A wayzgoose is a traditional social gathering of printers and papermakers that dates back to medieval times and this year we’ll be at 20, Castle Street,
Hay-on-Wye on Saturday 31st March, 10am-3pm, telling stories and making books, with demonstrations, activities, displays and stalls.”
Clare Fry, Chair of the Hay Chamber of Commerce commented, “The whole town has pulled out all the stops on this one… not to be missed!”


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Glanusk Estate Fair and NGS Open Gardens-Sunday 20th May

We are delighted to confirm the date for the 2018 Glanusk Estate Garden Fayre & NGS Open Gardens as Sunday, 20th May, from 11am – 4pm. This year they welcome back Terry WaltonLynne AllbuttAndrew Thomas Price ITV and a special visit from 64 Zoo Lane creator An Vrombaut – Books and Films.

This a highlight in our calendar as we showcase exhibits for sale from artisans, makers, creators and businesses who live and work on the Estate and in the nearby area.  Over the years stands have included handmade gifts, Welsh blankets, bespoke furniture, architectural salvage, slate ware and wood turning, garden produce, jams and pickles, garden architecture and traditional Welsh crafts with talks by Terry Walton, Lynne Allbutt, ITV’s Coast & Country Ruth Wignall and Andrew Price, together with demonstrations and workshops.

In 2017 over 1000 people joined in for a glorious day in the private gardens which are only open once a year raising funds for the National Garden Scheme.

Next year will be the 5th anniversary of this charity event and we look forward to welcoming visitors old and new.

During the day visitors will be welcome to wander through the gardens and speak to the Estate Gardener, listen to talks in the stretch tent, participate in demonstrations and enjoy a day mingling in the garden.

Tea, coffee and cake will be available from the family run tea tent and there will be delicious food and ice cream dotted around the garden and available throughout the day.

More information here.

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Spring Walks with Breathtaking Views

The Brecon Beacons come alive during this beautiful season with frolicking lambs, bluebells bursting in the meadows and many reasons to spend the entire day outside. There are so many places to go for a leisurely walk or challenging hike from the notorious Pen y Fan to the stunning Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal…here are some of our top choices…

1.Pen Y Fan

Pen y Fan is 886 metres high – the highest point in southern Britain.  It is a mountain in every sense of the word. Once reaching the summit you will be treated with 360-degree views of the beautiful Brecon Beacons and beyond! Although some people climb it wearing little more than shirts, shorts, and trainers, this is far from ideal as the weather here can change with frightening speed and ferocity. Route here.

2. Castle Woods at Dinefwr Park and Castle, near Llandeilo

The bluebell display at Dinefwr  Park really is a treat for the eyes and nose. Every spring, Castle Woods is carpeted with thousands of beautiful lilac flowers that grow in a race against time before the leaves return to the towering tree canopy, cutting off the sunlight once more.  Learn all about Dinefwr Castle and enjoy some breathtaking views. Click here to find out more.

3. National Botanic Gardens of Wales

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Credit: National Gardens of Wales

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, our new tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year. It’s the perfect place to stroll around!

 4Y Byddwn Nature Reserve

Good views of the Brecon Beacons can be had from the reserve

Credit: Brecknock Wildlife Trust

This small nature reserve, which gives excellent views of the Brecon Beacons, is a section of the former Brecon to Merthyr railway line. Originally built as the Brecon to Hay-on-Wye tramroad, it became a railway in 1864. The line closed in 1964 and became a nature reserve in 1980. Click here to find out more.

5. Table Mountain

Image result for table mountain brecon beaconsThe pinnacle of the Crickhowell to Table Mountain walk features an Iron Age hillfort, alongside panoramic views of the Usk valley and the Black Mountains.

 6. Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

There are so many sights to see walking along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Watch the canal boats glide by, see nature around you and admire the constantly changing landscape.

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Credit: Canal and River Trust

7. Llangorse Lake and Bwlch

Bwlch is the home of the now well established Bwlch with Altitude Challenge which takes place every summer and is a 12-mile walk around the lake from Bwlch and Llangorse respectively, contestants enjoy this event seeking out clues and answers to a number of questions set as part of the challenge’s photographic quiz. The communities of Llangorse and Bwlch have developed the new Around Llangorse Lake website to help visitors enjoy this lovely part of the National Park. Check our more awesome walks here.

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Credit: Discover Llangorse and Bwlch

8. Skirrid 

A gentle stroll around the Holy Mountain during the end of April early May where the westerly slopes are carpeted with bluebells. – Find our more here. 

Credit: Black Mountain Photography

Where to Stay for your visit 

The Brecon Beacons offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all your requirements to make the most of your visit to the National Park! Whether you want to bring your dog along so need pet-friendly accommodation, are bringing your family along or fancied coming with a group of friends there will be somewhere for you!  Plan where you’ll stay here. Find more glorious walking routes here.

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Brecon Beacons named best destination in Wales!

‘Brecon Beacons’ Awarded as ‘Best Destination’ in National Awards.

Corn Du at Sunset, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

Corn Du at Sunset, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

Brecon Beacons’ was awarded as Wales’ ‘Best Destination’ at The National Tourism Awards for Wales 2018, held at the Celtic Manor last week.

Organised by Visit Wales, The National Tourism Awards for Wales celebrates the very best of Wales’ tourism by showcasing the country’s tourism businesses and industry’s achievements.

Brecon Beacons Tourism and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, on behalf of the Brecon Beacons Destination Partnership, submitted ‘Brecon Beacons’ into the ‘Best Destination’ category and were selected as regional winners for Mid Wales.  They then fought off stiff competition in the National Awards ceremony from Wye Valley and Forest of Dean (South East Wales), Zip World (North Wales) and Fishguard Bay Welcome (South West Wales) to be crowned with the prestigious title.

The overall winners were chosen from 44 regional winners, which were selected from more than 400 entries.  Visit Wales stated that there was an exceptionally high standard of entries from across Wales this year and in total, across the different categories, there were 8 regional winners from within the Brecon Beacons Destination.  This highlights the quality of the tourism product within the area and further supports the ‘Best Destination’ award.    We offer our congratulations to them all for getting to the final.

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The regional award winners were as follows:

Best ActivityWant to Canoe?

Best Caravan, Camping or Glamping – Cosy Under Canvas

Best Event – Green Man Festival

Best Hotel – Llangoed Hall Hotel

Best Self-CateringBasel Cottage Holidays and Monmouthshire Cottages LLP

Tourism Business Innovation Award – The Blaenafon Cheddar Company

Best Destination – Brecon Beacons and also the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism

Find out more about the awards nominations and winners here.


Tourism Minister Lord Elis-Thomas attended the Awards, and said:

“The National Tourism Awards are a showcase of the quality and variety of experiences which can be had here in Wales – and also show the commitment and professionalism of our vibrant tourism sector in delivering these experiences and welcoming our visitors to Wales.

The industry does an incredible job, and I am so proud of everyone who works in this sector helping showcase Wales to the World.  We have every reason to have confidence for the future – confidence in what we have to offer confidence in how we are offering it and confidence that those who visit Wales will experience a high quality, memorable experience.  Congratulations to all on your well-deserved recognition”


Laura Thomas, Executive Director of Brecon Beacons Tourism added;

“We are delighted that the Brecon Beacons destination were recognised as Wales’ Best Destination!  We have worked particularly hard over the years, bringing together representatives from the public and private sector to help us develop the ‘Brecon Beacons’ destination partnership and brand.  This award is dedicated to all those people and incredible tourism businesses who have helped and supported us to showcase the Brecon Beacons, we now want to celebrate this achievement and attract more people to the region and further boost our local economy.  A series of celebratory events will be planned, further information will be shared in the coming weeks”

Mel Doel, Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority added;

“This award is a result of the dedication and determination shown by the Brecon Beacons Sustainable Destination Partnership, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Brecon Beacons Tourism, our Local Authorities, the many diverse local businesses and our Wardens and volunteer network, who all provide endless time and effort in helping us shape this magnificent landscape.  Creating a ‘destination’ involves an integrated partnership approach and this is something that we’ve proudly achieved at the ‘Brecon Beacons’ and we’re extremely proud to be chosen as Wales’ Best Destination.”

Come and experience this award-winning destination for your self – start planning your adventure here.  Check out our 60 things to do in the National Park for inspiration.







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