Brecon Beacons National Park celebrates its 58th Birthday

Happy Birthday to the Brecon Beacons National Park, 58 today and looking amazing!

There is so much to do and see in our National Park, have a read of our top 10 suggestions of what you can do – perfect way to enjoy the glorious weather and beautiful scenery this weekend in celebration.

1. Take a walk

A walk in the Brecon Beacons comes complete with perfect picnic spots, awe-inspiring views, fascinating historic sites and grand geological features. We’ve collected a few experiences you shouldn’t miss on your own journey through the National Park. Click here for a taster of what you can expect.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

2. Discover our Dark Skies

Come for the day, but stay for the night. Our National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve, the only one in Wales.  On a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers. It’s enough to make anyone starry eyed.

Keen to experience our magical dark skies? Here are ten superb places to try.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

3. Experience Canoeing or Kayaking

The Brecon Beacons National Park offers an awesome range of options for paddlesports, from the tranquillity of canals and reservoirs to extreme kayaking over jaw-dropping waterfalls. Get ready to design your own adventure!

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Come to the Brecon Beacons National Park and you can have fun paddling a kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, raft or even a coracle. With waters graded from from Grade 1 (easy) up to Grade 6 (extremely hard), we really do have something for everyone.

Find the Brecon Beacons operators here 

4. Try Caving and potholing

The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of the most exciting and varied caving areas in Britain. Our Geopark includes four of the five longest limestone cave systems in Britain. Why not explore this fascinating underworld?

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Our caves and caverns have been quietly forming for thousands of years, underground and out of sight. Visitors from all over the world come to the southwest section of the Brecon Beacons National Park to explore these amazing spaces and feel the thrill of discovery. For some, it’s their first ever caving trip, while others have many years of experience.

Fancy a go? Find the Brecon Beacons operators here

5. Go on a family fun bike ride

There are six recommended moderate, traffic-free cycle touring routes in the Brecon Beacons National Park. They’re perfect for a half day or full day cycle ride and a great way for you and your family or friends to get out into our beautiful countryside.

©Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

©Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Didn’t bring your bike? No worries, we have plenty of cycle hire operators and bike businesses that will deliver bikes to you or collect you and the bike once you have gone as far as you want.  For all our cycling routes go here 

6.Visit some of our attractions

There are masses of things for visitors to do in and around the Brecon Beacons.  From exploring castles, to discovering Wales’s rich mining heritage or spending a day at a farm center. Find out more  here 

© Brecon Beacon National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacon National Park Authority

7. Visit one of our many Waterfalls

©  Brecon Beacons National Park

© Brecon Beacons National Park

What could be more charming than the sound of a waterfall tumbling into a clear woodland pool? The geological make-up of the Brecon Beacons National Park makes it an excellent place for waterfalls. Our cascades are a delight to walkers, photographers, botanists and wildlife-watchers alike. find out more here 

8. Have a go at Pony trekking

Our riding and trekking centres look after riders of all abilities. If you’ve never been riding before, the Brecon Beacons is a great place to start. Experienced riders love the Beacons too. Our Park is blessed with beautiful terrain to challenge and inspire.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

9. Join us for one of our Festivals

Our annual festivals celebrate our very best walking, food, drink, arts, music and entertainment the National Park has to offer. We like nothing better than a good get-together, and all are welcome. Come and join us! Find out whats happening here

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

10. Spend some time in one of our Market Towns

With characterful market towns while, further inside our Park, the River Usk, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the shores of Llangorse Lake are dotted with pleasant country villages and sleepy hamlets.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Together, our towns and villages reflect our history and heritage as a mining, quarrying and farming region and our role as custodians of a beautiful region of hills, valleys, lakes and waterways.

Some are notable historic centres with classic Welsh architecture, interesting museums and ancient churches.

In our main towns, Abergavenny, Brecon, Crickhowell, Hay-on-Wye, Llandovery and Talgarth, there’s always something going on.  View them here.

We hope you enjoy your time with us.  Check out our website for all information for your visit to the Brecon Beacons.

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