2016 is Wales’ designated Year of Adventure and to celebrate, there is a unique opportunity for you to join an exclusive group of adventurers, who will explore the ‘RockStars’ of the world famous Brecon Beacons – the significant geology of the mountains, and the stunning views of their Dark Skies over the weekend of March 12.
The national Year of Adventure is Visit Wales’ initiative to attract more visitors to the country with a focus on the variety of adventures in store, and a challenge for tourists to #FindYourEpic.
RockStars will indeed be an epic exploration of the Beacons, under the guidance of local inspirational experts – Alan Bowring, Geopark Development Officer at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and Martin Griffiths, senior lecturer in Astronomy, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and founder member of NASA’s Astrobiology Science Communication team.
The group will consist of no more than 12 people. You will arrive at the luxurious Gliffaes Country House Hotel on Friday evening, before exploring the hills by day and night, and dining in style at the hotel over the next three days.
In geological terms, the Beacons boast very interesting naturally-occurring rock, with ancient mine workings, prehistoric Bronze Age engravings (actually discovered by Alan Bowring himself), prehistoric ritual sites, limestone pavements, caves, dry valleys and shakeholes – and Alan is the best there is to take explorers though them.
As a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, and only the fifth in the world, the Beacons is one of the UK’s best locations for stargazers, where on a clear night, visitors can witness the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers due to the limited light pollution. With his informed and fascinating tales, Martin is the ideal guide to the night skies around this time of the spring equinox.
The whole weekend adventure is held together by Rough Edge Adventure, experienced guides based in the heart of the Brecon Beacons who will navigate you confidently though the hills. Mountain Leader John Cornley from Rough Edge said: “This is a trip that will really get the endorphins flowing, with the excitement of the terrain, especially under night skies, the knowledge and passion of our experts, and the beauty of the landscape all combining to offer a heady mix of adventure that would be hard to find anywhere else.”
Working to Visit Wales’ Year of Adventure theme, a marketing campaign is well underway with the aim of attracting more adventurers of all kinds to the stunning Brecon Beacons. There is a social media campaign around the hashtags #AnturBannau and #EpicBeacons, in line with the overall Visit Wales communications campaign, which is using the hashtags #WalesAdventure and #FindYourEpic.
Further information: Rough Edge 01874 638263 or John Cornley 07802 796490