A Personal View of the Brecon Beacons

This week’s personal view comes for Richard Bowen, Wales Holiday Cottages.

Wales holiday cottages great farm setting

Wales holiday cottages great farm setting

Wales Holiday Cottages offer family-run self catering holiday cottages, near the Swansea Valley and are situated on the home farm of the historic Plas Cilybebyll Estate, between Brecon Beacons National Park and Gower Peninsula. 


So here are Richard’s tips about why he loves the Brecon Beacons National Park.

1.    Where I live could be described in one word as: “Enchanting”.

Sgwd yr Eira in the Brecon Beacons National Park ©

Sgwd yr Eira in the Brecon Beacons National Park ©

2.    I would take a first-timer to the Brecon Beacons to “Henrhyd Falls and Carreg Cennen Castle via the wild and desolate Black Mountain”.

3.    My favourite event in the Brecon Beacons is Hay Festival because despite being a unique, world famous festival it still feels like on big secret”.

4.    I would have my picture taken through “Henrhyd waterfall because it’s not every day you get to experience the exhilaration of walking directly behind a waterfall to peer at the surrounding countryside (and a camera) through the cascading water”.

5.    My favourite view of the “Brecon Beacons is the view from Tro’r Gwcw (The Cuckoo’s Turn) on the Black Mountain – where bleak, barren wilderness gives way to a green patchwork quilt that rolls away into the mid-Walian heartlands.” 

6. You can buy great gifts at the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre.

Carreg Cennen CastlesHistoric Sites©

Carreg Cennen CastlesHistoric Sites©

7. If you’re on a budget the “best advice for the Brecon Beacons is that the waterfalls are free, the scenery is free and museums are free. You can enjoy a week of world class attractions without having to pay a single entrance fee”.

8. If you want to splurge I would visit some of the “paid attractions like the National Showcaves of Wales – recently voted Britain’s Greatest Natural Wonder”.

9. I would describe the people of the Brecon Beacons as “warm, friendly and easy going”.

10. If you have half a day out, “I would suggest you drive through the National Park and take in as much of it as you can, stopping at viewpoints along the way. The landscape is stunning and varied.” 

11. The best way to see the “Brecon Beacons is by car and foot, being sure to take the high roads over the low roads.”

12. To escape, “I go to walk in the shadow of the Sleeping Giant in the Fforest Fawr Geopark – an area of the Brecon Beacons that has received international recognition for it’s special geology and stunning landscape – including a mountain that looks exactly like a Sleeping Giant!”

13. The best season to travel to the Brecon Beacons “is a very personal choice because in Wales, the landscape changes by the day. My favourite month is May, when spring has reached its climax and summer is just around the corner – the birds are nesting, the lambs growing and the woodlands carpeted with bluebells”.

14.  I would like to stay at Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages if I came to visit because the accommodation is first class and the upper Swansea Valley is one of the most dramatic gateways into the National Park”.

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