8 activities to enjoy in the Brecon Beacons

If you enjoy making the most of the great outdoors, you’ll love the Brecon Beacons.

Our National Park is a great place to get active. This is not a fenced-off preserve – it’s a living, working landscape which will bring out your adventurous side.

There are masses of paths and trails for walkers, runners, cyclists, mountain bikers, horse riders and wildlife-watchers. There’s a brilliant range of organised activities on offer, too, from gentle recreational pursuits like photography to full-on adrenaline sports such as paragliding, rafting and abseiling.

Want to try something new? The Brecon Beacons is the place to visit.

1. Horse-back scenery


© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

The Brecon Beacons is the perfect place for horse lovers. We have over 600 miles of bridle paths and tracks. Our spectacular scenery and wealth of wildlife create some of the best riding in Europe.  We are close to excellent road and rail links, yet a world away from the bustle of urban life. The only delays here are for leisurely pub lunches while your mount grazes outside.

We have thousands of acres of hills, moors and fields, criss-crossed by ancient tracks and lanes. You can ride all day, sharing the views with the soaring buzzards.

Our riding and trekking centres are working together to offer top quality trekking, riding and hacking holidays, short rides and pony trekking.  Find out more here

 2. Go Fishing

The Brecon Beacons offers some fantastic game and course fishing throughout its many rivers, lakes, reservoirs and canals.   Record-breaking grayling on the Wye, some of the finest brown trout fishing in the country on the Usk and a sprinkling of well-stocked reservoirs and lakes make fishing one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Anglers on the banks of the river Usk in teh Brecon Beacons National Park

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Our Park offers excellent coarse fishing or game fishing in rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs. We also have a great selection of country hotels that offer a special welcome to outdoor sportsmen.

To fish with a rod and line in Wales you need a Rod Licence.  Find out more here

3. Explore the National Park on a bike

© Brecon Beacon National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacon National Park Authority

Speed down thrilling hillside tracks through moorlands and woodland, with some of the very best terrain; this national park has it all from fast descents to gentle off road trails.  Find out more here. 

4. Take to our skies

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

For the licensed gliders to those who want to up the heart rate – the beacons are a favourite for soaring over rolling green landscapes. There are five regional clubs in the area who welcome novices and experienced gliders!

Our grassy fields and hilltops serve as excellent take-off and landing sites for paragliders, hang gliders. Some pilots make cross-country flights exceeding 300 miles and fly up to 4 miles high! This is also a favourite region for soaring over the rolling, green landscape in a glider.

You can train at our recognised schools, which are also great spots for those who prefer to watch from the safety of the ground. Find out more here.

5. Gaze into our Dark Sky

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

The Brecon Beacons was the first Dark Sky Reserve in Wales with the entire National Park dedicated to nocturnal preservation and reduced energy wastage – some of the best star gazing locations include the Usk Reservoir, Hay Bluff and the National Park Visitor Centre.  find our top 10 places to go star gazing here.

6. Explore our water

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

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

You can  Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, White Water Rafting in the Brecon Beacons.

Find out more here

7. Explore our Caves

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?  Find out more here

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

8. Grab your boots and head to our hills

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

We have over 1,200 miles of public rights of way in the Brecon Beacons National Park where will you go?

Go up, up and away into our high country, carved by ice millennia ago. Or explore deep, wooded gorges where rivers are still shaping limestone rocks as they tumble down spectacular waterfalls.

We have lakes and forests too, beauty spots and secret places and trails that suit everyone, from serious outdoor enthusiasts to families out for a Sunday afternoon walk in the park. Find your perfect walk here

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