- Nearest national cycle network
- The National Park covers 1,346 square kilometres or 520 square miles covering four distinct mountain ranges. This is the same size as the London underground system.
- There are 1,983 kilometres or 1,232 miles of public rights of way - that’s about the length of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia!
- The largest town is the cathedral town of Brecon with a population of 7,500.
- Four of the five longest cave systems in the UK are in the National Park.
- Less than 1.5% of the park is covered by roads and development, including all buildings.
Brecon Beacons National Park is Wales at its most rugged and awe-inspiring, a dramatic landscape of snowcapped peaks and deep valleys, of thundering waterfalls, hidden caves and jagged gorges with adventure around every corner, whether it's hiking across mountain tops, biking through forests, paddling down rivers or exploring historic market towns.
As a National Park there is already a huge amount of effort being put into conserving and managing the countryside. Our work to make holidays greener is based on the fact that wherever we go and whatever we do, we have an impact. We help our visitors to make better choices, have richer experiences and make their impact on the places they love to visit a positive one!
Our Green Tourism Business Scheme award winners ensure that your accommodation or the business you are using is working hard to look after the destination every bit as well as they look after you. They help keep this place special for your holiday today, and so future visitors can continue to enjoy fabulous holidays in this special destination tomorrow. Look out for the distinctive Green Tourism logo which shows that the business displaying it has been visited and assessed for its green credentials.
Of course not all businesses making a difference necessarily want to have an official eco-label to show this so we are delighted that Greentraveller’s team of experts have also picked out the best places to stay, things to see and do and places to eat and drink fine local produce which they feel fit the ethos of taking a greener and better holiday.
As well as having greener businesses, visitors will find getting here and getting around without a car simple. Once you’ve arrived, we’ve lots of ideas for things to do using public transport.
Our Ambassadors are local businesses in the National Park who have a passion for the area and have attended three days training to give visitors a better understanding of the National Park. In this way we hope you’ll leave – and come back – as keen supporters of our protected landscape. We are all looking forward to welcoming you to the Brecon Beacons!
To find more about visiting the National Park, please go to www.breconbeacons.org
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
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Adventures in the Brecon Beacons National Park
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Travelling to and around the Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons can be reached easily by train from most cities in the UK. Approximately two trains leave every hour from London Paddington, taking around 2 hours 30 minutes to reach Abergavenny, in the east of the National Park, with a quick change at Newport Gwent. You can also come as far as Abergavenny and Merthyr Tydfil if you change at Cardiff stations.
The main stations in the National Park are: Abervagenny and Pontypool in the east, Llandeilo and Llandovery in the west and Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in the south.
Check Traveline Cymru for the most up-to-date train information.
London to Brecon by train and bus: a special ‘through ticket’ has been created for passengers to travel from London Paddington, Reading, Swindon or Bristol Parkway to Brecon.
Passengers travelling from these stations can buy a combined bus and rail ticket valid for travel on the First Great Western train to Cardiff and the bus journey on the Traws Cymru T4 route from Cardiff to Brecon – the bus station which is located directly outside Cardiff train station.
Coach travellers can get to Cardiff, Neath or Swansea with National Express or to Cardiff or Swansea with Megabus for onward travel to the Brecon Beacons. Both these companies will carry bikes if packed in boxes, bags or cases.
Watch our video about travelling to the Brecon Beacons:
Trains running along the Cardiff/Manchester line stop in Abergavenny and Hereford, while the Heart of Wales line runs from Swansea to Shrewsbury, stopping at Llandovery. Trains also run from Swansea to Neath, and from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil. You could also book your train and bus tickets as part of an all encompassing travel ticket, such as the Freedom of Wales Flexipass, which allows unlimitied travel on all rail services and most local bus services in Wales. These tickets are sold for periods of 8 days and cost £83 for the whole of Wales or £56 for either the North & Mid Wales Pass or the South Wales Pass.
>> See more information on fares and tickets
Eco Travel Network
The award-winning Eco Travel Network offers fun, lightweight, eco-friendly travel across the Brecon Beacons National Park. Visitors can hire one of a fleet of Renault Twizys; see ecotravelnetwork.co.uk
Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
This guide was originally researched by Tom Watts and has since been updated by Florence Fortnam.
Image credits: thanks for Visit Wales for providing images used in this guide to Sustainable Tourism in the Brecon Beacons. Where caption credit is given as 'Photo: Visit Wales' all © Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales.
The update to this online guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park in 2016 was funded by Welsh Government.