Top 10 ways to give your car a holiday in the Brecon Beacons and you could win a weekend break too…
By Annie Laurie, Brecon Beacons National Park
Thinking about going all green this summer? Starting in late May, the Brecon Beacons National Park has set up new a travel challenge to encourage visitors to find the most sustainable ways for travelling through the national park.
The travel challenge hopes to influence people to try out different methods of travel instead of relying on a car.
The challenges aim is to help build awareness of alternative transport and showcase the excellent range of options to get about. Don’t expect to be offered a free helicopter ride or a private plane! However you could try a hang-glider.
So here are 10 ideas on how you can get around this summer in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
- Brecon Beacons buses that can carry your bike! Get
around by Beacons Bus on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays from 29th May to 2nd October 2011. It’s an easy way to transport a bike, and the buses cover many great park routes with tourists in mind. http://www.travelbreconbeacons.info/
- Swap four wheels for two, dump the car and pick up a bicycle– there are lots of places to hire bikes for gentle cycle rides or mountain bike thrills and some even have the popular Spencer Ivy electric bikes to make the hills a bit easier. There are some great bike routes designed for all levels.
- Canoe or kayak along the canal, river or on Llangors Lake and get some real peace and quiet. Enjoy a gentle row on a historic lake or slightly quicker paddle down the beautiful rivers Wye and Usk stopping in towns like Hay-on-Wye. There’s more watery activities on offer at www.breconbeacons.org/splash
- Saddle up and get a different view – our spectacular scenery creates some of the best horse riding in Europe and you can even bring your horse with you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or you’ve ridden in the Grand National anyone can ride on a Welsh Cob.
- Take a walk by bus, the Brecon Beacons has designed mountain routes you can get to and from by bus as well as ones especially for the family, there’s a great choice of places to visit.
- Meet the locals, if you’re not driving you can sample the local brew in one of our many pubs and restaurants. There are some good local breweries such as Waen Brewery and Breconshire Brewery that produce some good local ales sold in some great traditional country pubs.
- Explore the area by bus and let someone else drive, our Car Free Days Out series of leaflets will show you how, not only this but you’ll save money from not spending it on fuel.
- Admire the views from the train on the Brecon Mountain Railway, the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway or on the Heart of Wales line. Experience train travel from a steam engine.
www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk www.heart-of-wales.co.uk
- Try an electric buggy , a unique way of traveling that is very environmentally friendly– this Summer you can take part in an exciting trial www.b-bug.com
- If you do any of the above, you can enter our Travel Challenge competition to win a weekend break at www.travelbreconbeacons.info