Within the UK, there are 14 national parks. There are three in Wales, the Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, and the Brecon Beacons. National Parks are areas of outstanding beauty. These parks are protected and managed in order to ensure that they are able to be safely enjoyed by everyone; because of this the Brecon Beacons has an authority and planning office that are there to ensure that resources are appropriately allocated across the National Park.
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Established in 1957, the UK named the Brecon Beacons National Park as its tenth National Park. Brecon Beacons National Park is approximately 42 miles wide, stretching across South Wales. It covers 520 square miles, across Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda, Monmouthshire, Carmarthenshire, and Powys. The Brecon Beacons National Park is home to the highest peak in southern Britain, Pen Y Fan, which stands at 886 metres.
Recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Brecon Beacons National Park is truly a unique part of the world. A map of the Brecon Beacons national park can be found here
Brecon Beacons National Park, Waterfalls (Waterfall county)
There are many trails that lead through the national park to beautiful waterfalls:
Four falls trail, 5.5miles long for an energetic walk. This trail starts from Cwm Porth car park or Gwaun Hepste. Walking along this trail, you will hear Sgwd Clun-Gwyn before you see the beauty of it!
The Elidir trail, a short 1.2miles to Pont Melin-Fach or 1.3miles to Sgwd Gwladus for a reasonable walk. This trail starts from Pontneddfechan Village. Along this trail there is allegedly an entrance way to a magical fairy kingdom. This trail takes you alongside the River Pyrddin, to the Sgwd Gladus. There is also a beautiful picnic area along this trail.
Gunpowder trail, a short 1.5miles, reasonable walk. This trail stars from Dinas Rock car park. Along this trial you can also visit the Neath Gunpowder Works There is an audio trail that shares what life would have been like for those manufacturing gunpowder.
Sychryd trail, 0.5miles, for an easy stroll. This trail starts from Dinas Rock car park. Along this stone path, you will also encounter the Bwa Maen, a breath-taking rock which is also known as arch rock.
Sgwd-yr-Eira trail, 2miles, a more energetic walk. This trail starts from Dinas Rock car park. There is also an audio trail available along this walk. During the audio trial it describes how the land has been used over the years.
Brecon Beacons National Park also has a visitor centre. In the visitor centre, there are friendly staff members who can advise on walking paths and local attractions; and there is also a tearoom. As Brecon Beacons weather has typical Welsh weather it is advisable to check before beginning any climbs. To find out more, check here.
The Brecon Beacons are lucky enough to accommodate some lovely camp sites for weary travellers and some have beautiful views. If camping is not for you, then there are also beautiful hotels available.