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Greentraveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons

Posted by Tom Watts at 12:35 on Wednesday 14 December 2011

As part of our celebration of beautiful, natural spaces in the UK, we've published our Greentraveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons, which gives you all the information you need on the greenest places to stay, the restaurants and cafés serving the freshest local produce, as well as the region's top family days out and sustainable activities.

On top of the world! Photo: Visit WalesOn top of the world! Photo: Visit WalesThe Brecon Beacons is an amazing place to discover and explore. There are adventures to be had on every corner whether this is adrenaline fuelled mountain biking, high level walking or exploring countryside around towns and villages, all of which have their own story to tell.

As a National Park, you would expect the Brecon Beacons to be concerned about the impact of tourism on the environment. There is a huge amount of work going on to care for and protect sensitive landscapes whilst also ensuring local people can earn their living from the land.

As Richard Tyler, Sustainable Tourism Manager for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority explained, "The National Park Authority is delighted to work with Greentraveller in promoting greener travel. Tourism is one of the biggest earners for the Brecon Beacons and the more we can work together with businesses and operators the better an experience we can offer visitors. Have a look at all the things you can do and places you can go – and then come back again and again!"

Here's a taste of what you'll find in the guide...

Where to stay 

The authentic Mongolian yurt or 'Ger'The authentic Mongolian yurt or 'Ger'Brecon Beacons Yurt
With a huge double bed and full yak-felt insulation, this hand-made Mongolian yurt, or 'Ger', is as surprisingly luxurious as it is secluded. The nearby river Honddu makes it perfect for a 'back to nature' holiday for kids, too.
>> Campsites in the Brecon Beacons

Peacock Cottage & Ty Fferm Hen
Having been awarded Gold by the GTBS, the owners of this duo of wonderfully restored 4* medieval cottages have planted 100 trees every single year they've been on the farm, as well as rustling up one of the best organic breakfast hampers around.
>> Cottages and Country Houses in the Brecon Beacons

Peterstone Court at nightPeterstone Court at nightWhere to eat

Peterstone Court
This fantastic hotel is run by a group of restauranteurs, so it's no surprise the food is top notch. Almost all of the meat used comes from Glaisfer Uchaf, the family farm, 
while the '7 mile' menu brings locally-sourced dining to a whole new level.
>> Restaurants in the Brecon Beacons 

Tower Café
Probably the only café-in-a-church you're likely to find in the area, Tower Café not only boasts a fantastic setting but also a great organic menu that includes home-made cakes, award-winning apple juice and locally-sourced meat and fish.
>> Cafés in the Brecon Beacons  

Where to visit

Cathedral Cave at Dan-yr-OgofCathedral Cave at Dan-yr-OgofDan-yr-Ogof Showcaves
Kids will love the ancient human and animal bones preserved in 'Bone Cave' and the fascinating structures of 'Cathedral Cave'. What's more, the National Showcaves Centre just became Wales' first self-sufficient zero carbon tourism business.
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 Natural spaces in the Brecon Beacons

Carreg Cennen Castle
You'll doubtless work up a sweat climbing the hillside towards the ruins of this 13th century castle, but you'll be thankful that you did when you look out over the countless acres of green pastures reaching out in all directions. 
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 Cultural Spaces in the Brecon Beacons 

The Park offers countless cycle paths. Photo: Visit WalesThe Park offers countless cycle paths. Photo: Visit WalesWhat to do

Go geocaching
Essentially a massive treasure hunt for adults, geocaching involves hunting huge areas for secret boxes, using only a GPS device and a grid reference (or a map and compass if you're up for a challenge). There are over 160 of these dotted around the Park.  
>> Car-Free Breaks in the Brecon Beacons 

Cycle the Taff Trail
One of two National Cycle Routes passing through the Park, the Taff Trail reaches from Brecon right down to Cardiff. Mainly off-road, the trail follows a disused railway line as well as sections of the picturesque Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal.
>> Cycling in the Brecon Beacons
 

Getting to and around the Brecon Beacons
It may be Wales' greatest wilderness, but the Brecon Beacons National Park is surprisingly easy to reach by train and bus from all areas of the UK. The main train stations of Abergavenny and Merthyr Tydfil are easily reached from Cardiff and Newport, while buses can take you right into Brecon in the heart of the Park. 
>> Getting to and around the Brecon Beacons by public transport

Trekking the Beacons. Photo: Visit WalesTrekking the Beacons. Photo: Visit Wales

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