The highest peaks of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) National Park include Fan Brycheiniog (802.5m) to the west and Pen y Fan (886m) in the central area. Both mountains have features which have fascinated geologists for years, such as the enchanting glacial lakes of Llyn y Fan Fach and Lyln y Fan Fawr contained within the Black Mountain range.

In the Brecon Beacons a wide range of activities are available for all age groups, this area being particularly renowned for its cycle paths with stunning landscapes. You can also visit natural caves, castles, museums and even old gold mines along with a vast store of cultural heritage.

Top Brecon Beacons National Park articles

The Beacons Way

The Beacons Way is a 100-mile-long distance footpath, that transverses through the centre of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) National Park in South Wales. OS Champion Tracy Purnell takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the top spots along the way.

Walking the Cambrian Way

The Cambrian Way is a 298-mile walk from south to north Wales (Cardiff and Conwy), coast to coast, through incredible upland and mountain scenery. Tackle it in one go or break it down into sections, find out all you need to know about walking the Cambrian Way in this comprehensive guide.

Things to do in Brecon Beacons National Park

Planning a trip to the Brecon Beacons? Take a look at our top things to do in Brecon Beacons National Park including some of the best waterfalls and viewpoints to visit.

Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog): multi-day hike

Long distance walking is more popular than ever in the UK. OS Champion Phillipa Cherryson heads out on a two day hike to explore some of our amazing countryside.

Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr Circular Walk

OS Champion Tracy Purnell takes us on a half day circular walk across Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Bannau Brycheiniog).

Dragons Back Circular - Black Mountains

​​The Dragons Back walk starts in the small village of Pengenffordd within the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) National Park. It boasts fantastic views of the surrounding country side and the beautiful Black Mountains.

Castles in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) boasts a rich diversity of beautiful medieval castles which are set amongst idyllic landscapes of rolling hills and impressive countryside. The Brecon Beacons, located only a short distance from the English/Welsh border, was an important tactical location for wars and battles, and is therefore home to lots of fantastic castles offering interesting days out.

3 of the most romantic waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons

Discover 3 of the most romantic waterfalls in the beautiful Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog).

Bagging the Welsh dragon in the Black Mountains

Crossing the Black Mountains, starting at Pandy and moving on to Hay-on-Wye, the route has incredible views and a line of trig points ending in one decorated with a Welsh dragon.

A 34km Special Forces trek in the Brecon Beacons

A serious challenge, trig 642 is, despite its modest height, quite possibly one of the most demanding trig pillars to bag, if you stay true to the way it would be reached if you were on Special Forces 'Selection'.

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