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The Brecon Beacons National Park encloses around 500 square miles of varies scenery, from the Black Mountain in the west to the Usk in the east. The Beacons themselves take their name from the fact that they were used for signal beacons. Pen y Fan is the highest point in the Brecon Beacons at 2906 feet.

The Mountain Centre at Libanus is the main National Park Visitor Centre as you pass Brecon and get out into the countryside of the Brecon Beacons. It is situated 1100 feet (330 metres) above sea level and has fantastic views of the highest mountains in the National Park - a fantastic introduction to the area. If you fancy getting straight out for a walk the adjacent moorland ridge known as Mynydd Illtyd is common land that offers some fine easy to moderately graded walking.

It's jam packed with information about everything to do with the National Park including free leaflets on walks, wildlife sites, events as well as maps and books you can purchase giving you a more a in-depth view of different aspects of the Brecon Beacons history, wildlife and geology. There is a very informative exhibition on the geology of the Brecon Beacons and the National Park Guides are happy to help you out with information on what to do and where to go in the National Park. They also run specialist courses for subjects like Mountain Safety Skills and a variety of activities for the kids. If that wasn't enough there is a fab cafe under the visitor where you can sit inside or out admiring the view while you tuck into some of the homemade dishes on offer. Nice big portions mean you won't need to stock up until after you've burnt it off with a walk!

Admission is free although there is a charge for parking (as there is in most visitor centre car parks). The Mountain Centre is signposted from the main A roads and is located just off the A470 from Brecon to Merthyr Tydfil

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  • Pros:Wonderful Scenery
  • Cons:Dangerous in Winter
  • Last visit to Brecon Beacons: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 5, 2009
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    So lovely driving around here when I have done...and one stay for the Haye on Wye book festival and stayed at the youth hostel a few kms was fabulous!..

  • kayleigh06's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Nice piccies of Brecon Town :-)

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2009 at 4:45 AM

    Many thanks for that update. A nice page you have here - the A470 south of Brecon is closed today and very little traffic moving around Abergavenny -but it is brightening up...

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Ooh- I remembner it well-what a time we had:-) D. xxx

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