As a national park the Brecon Beacons is home to stunning natural attractions such as dramatic mountains, pristine lakes and lush green landscapes. However, there’s even more to the park than that with loads of fun activities and modern attractions. Here’s our pick of the best…
Go back in time on a vintage train ride
The Brecon Mountain Railway offers a scenic ride on a chugging old-fashioned steam train through the park, starting at Pant and taking in Pontsticill, the Taf Fechan Reservoir and heading up to Torpantau.
Choose a festival
There are tons of festivals throughout the year which reflect the traditions and passions of the Welsh people – like food, drink, arts, music and entertainment. They include Hay Literary Festival, Greenman Festival, Brecon Jazz, and Abergavenny Food Festival as well as many walking festivals.
Geocaching is a fun activity combining outdoor adventure with technology. It involves downloading the app and using GPS to look for geocaches (typically a small waterproof container hidden somewhere outdoors containing a logbook the geocacher signs). There are more than 180 geocaches in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Just go to the geocaching website. If you don’t have a smartphone and want to do it without GPS you can even use an Ordnance Survey map and compass.
Look behind a waterfall
Waterfall Country is named so, predictably, for its numerous waterfalls. Walking through forests and along rivers, you’ll come across plenty of cascades. The most well-known and Instagrammed is Sgwd-y-Eira, because there’s a path running behind it so you can stand and watch the water tumble right before your eyes.
Soar over the hills
Wales is hilly and mountainous, lending itself very well to sports like paragliding. Go to dizzying heights hundreds of miles in the air and then glide over the green grassy land below.
There are lots of schools where you can train and learn about hang gliding, power kiting and gliding.
Learn to survive in the wilderness
Did you know the park is where the SAS go train? That’s right, it’s the perfect place to learn the skills for when the apocalypse comes, and there are plenty of courses you can take. The Beacons are also host to a wealth of goodies you ca forage, so you can find out how to eat your way to survival too.
Say boo to a ghost
The Skirrid Mountain Inn is the country’s most haunted pub and with more than 900 years of history you can see why. If you love ghostly goings on, you could also go on a ghost tour at Craig y Nos Castle, which has featured on TV’s Most Haunted.
Golf in nature
With so much green open space, it’s no wonder the park offers places to golf in style. From super scenic Cradoc Golf Club, with 18 holes to Llandrindod Golf Course, you can’t go wrong. Jump in a caddy and get swinging.
Explore underground caves
With a large network of caves, The Brecon Beacons National Park is a great place to go caving. Many aren’t suitable for anyone but the professionals, but there are companies with experienced guides who will take you out to the most fun and accessible ones. It’s sure to be an exhilarating day out as you get deeper and deeper underground weaving between stalagmites and stalactites. Not for the claustrophobic or for those who don’t like getting soaked, the tours often involve submerging yourself in underground rivers!
Eat Michelin-starred food
With the wealth of countryside to farm, the best quality produce its no wonder there are some great eateries dotted around the park. Those include some gourmet restaurants such as Michelin-starred The Walnut Tree in Llanddewi Skirrid, Felin Fach Griffin outside Brecon and Gliffaes Country House Hotel near the village of Crickhowell.