The Brecon Beacons National Park, located in South Wales, is a treasure trove for visitors. From adrenaline-fueled abseiling and mountain biking activities to scenic walks and lazy pub lunches, visitors can do as much or as little as they like in the beautiful surroundings of the Brecon Beacons.
Here are five things to do in the Brecon Beacons this winter: Stargazing The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve and offers visitors the chance to see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers on clear nights. With some of the highest quality dark skies in the UK, the Park makes for an idyllic retreat for stargazers.
Many hotels and lodges in the National Park have their own astronomical observatories and telescopes, allowing guests a unique glimpse into outer space and a memorable bucket-list experience. Recommended places to stay for ultimate stargazing opportunities include Stargazers Retreat and Pond Cottage, as both have their own astronomical observatories. breconcottages.com/cottages/brecon/stargazers-retreat breconcottages.com/cottages/hay-wye/pond-cottage Eating out From gourmet restaurants with their own cottage gardens to quaint, cosy pubs serving local Welsh lamb for Sunday lunch, the Brecon Beacons offers an array of farm to table cuisine. For fresh, seasonal produce, head to the Felin Fach Griffin, considered by locals to be one of the best pubs in the area. Those looking for delightful culinary creations, beautiful presentation and impeccable service, head to The Oak Room. If a farmers market tickles the fancy, there are several which sell delicious, fresh goodies like cheese, chutney and laverbread such as the Abergavenny Market, Brecon Country Market and the Llandeilo Market. Visitors can also enjoy alternative foodie experiences such as a bread making course at the Talgarth Flour Mill, cheese tasting at the Blaenafon Chedder Company and whisky tasting at Penderyn. felinfachgriffin.co.uk angelabergavenny.com breconbeacons.org/food-drink-farmers-markets chunkofcheese.co.uk welsh-whisky.co.uk talgarthmill.com
Romantic cottage stay What’s more romantic than cuddling up with that significant other by a crackling fire, glass of champagne in one hand and a plate of home-made chocolates in the other? Brecon Beacons National Park is home to a large number of cosy cottages, hidden on sleepy country lanes and designed in traditional Welsh farmhouse décor. There are a large number of quaint cottages to choose from but recommended ones include Back Farm’s holiday cottages, Aber Cottages and Cantref Coach House. These cottages offer visitors unspoilt scenery of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, as well as an abundance of outdoor activities on the doorstep. breconbeacons.org/self-catering Scenic walks Nothing can beat that vigorous feeling of striding along open ridges, strolling along peaceful towpaths or venturing into the beautiful, sun-dappled woods on a weekend. Walking trails in the south of the Park offer dazzling outcrops of carboniferous limestone, caves, sink holes and beautiful waterfalls. The lowlands showcase the Park’s rivers and rolling green countryside that is laced with hedgerows and dotted with sheep. For a fun challenge, climb the twin summits of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du. The hike will take around two and a half hours and will offer stunning views across the Park. The Brecon Beacons National Park offer a map of 10 different trails (varying levels of difficulty). To purchase one for £1.00, please visit: breconbeacons.org Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the best ways to experience the charming, secluded landscape of the Park and
provides a huge adrenaline rush. Riders have a variety of terrain to choose from, including fast descents and gentle off-road trails, catering to both the advanced and novice rider. There are several biking hotspots in the Park, Brecon, Sennybridge and Talybont-on-Usk being the most popular for beginners to the sport. Advanced riders looking for gnarly mountain bike trails should head to Crickhowell and Talgarth. The Brecon Beacons National Park has just released a new mountain biking guide that includes 12 routes and plenty of tips and advice. To purchase the £8.50 guide, please visit: beaconbeacons.org Discover a legend The Brecon Beacons National Park is home to many legendary experiences. A short hike to Llyn y Fan Fach will reward visitors with stunning views of the lake surrounded by mountains. Here is the setting for the legend of the Lady of the Lake. As the story goes, a young man from Blaensawdde was looking after his mother’s cattle by Llyn y Fan Fach (a beautiful lake) when he spotted a woman emerging magically from the water. The man later married this woman and they had three sons. However, the Lord of Llyn y Fan Fach warned the man that if he struck his lady three times without good reason he would lose everything. One day, after three accidental taps on his wife’s shoulder, the lady disappeared back to the bottom of the lake. To hear more about the legends of the Brecon Beacons, please visit: breconbeacons.org/stories For more information about the Brecon Beacons, please visit www.breconbeacons.org or follow them on social media:
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