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Brecon Beacons Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 107 photos

The Brecon Beacons National Park is a wonderful area with hills, valleys, rivers, woodlands and waterfalls, in fact something for everyone.
The area is popular with cyclists and walkers, and horse riding is an attraction.
The southern end of the district is called 'the land of the sleeping giant' because the range of hills from some places [ Caerbont, Abercrave] resembles a man at rest.

National Park Visitor Centre at Craig-y-nos

The castle at Craig-y-nos was founded in about 1843. It is now a hotel and function venue, but the park land is open to the public to wander around and see the different kinds of woodland. In the background are hills, and a stream runs through the park with wooden and iron bridges to cross it. It makes a pleasant afternoon visit.
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Henrhyd Falls, Coelbren

This waterfall is the highest in southern Wales. It has a single drop of 90 feet. The falls are reached from the carpark , and entail walking down a steep sloping path, crossing a wooden bridge and then climbing up wooden steps, before continuing along another downward path. The return journey is worse!So, it is not recommended for the elderly, disabled or unfit. Every bone in your legs end up acheing, and it is a real cardio-vascular work out, believe me; I didn't think I'd make the climb back up.
But it was a beautiful sight to see, and in retrospect, worth it.

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  • Pros:wonderful scenery and a lot of activities available
  • Last visit to Brecon Beacons: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 31, 2006
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  • Jun 30, 2008 at 5:00 AM

    Went out with the Dearly Beloved and friends to Melincourt Falls, Was showed road to Henrhyd Falls. Board at start is a tad deceptive, Falls are fantastic, well worth walk and climb back.

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    Mar 18, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Am paying a return visit - I do enjoy the way you write. You've been to so many places I want to go. Look forward to reading more of your pages.

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    Feb 28, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    I am planning a visit to the UK this year...liked your page on the BB and may visit...cheers

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    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    I was in Merthyr yesterday and wanted to stop and get a photo of that Bridge..I will do soon for sure..

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    Sep 8, 2007 at 2:54 AM

    This is my part of Wales - though it's a while since I was there and the primate centre is new to me. The Beacons are glorious - I hope there's more to come. leyle

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    Jan 28, 2007 at 9:08 AM

    Planning to visit this year, so thanks for the tips and very nice photos -- cheers, Ben.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 11:59 AM

    Very interesting tips. Thank you.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2006 at 12:27 AM

    Interesting castle and great nature tips. Wales looks beautiful in your pictures.


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