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Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales

Spectacular scenery, rural countryside, challenging mountains

River Elan

Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Mountains

Chepstow Castle

The sun sets along the coast

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The Brecon Beacons National Park extends over some 500 square miles and possesses a wonderful variety of scenery from the lofty peak of Pen Y Fan to the many fishing lakes and waterfalls that can be found nearer sea level. Climbers, geologists, botanists and bird lovers visit this area all year round and it has easy access with over 1000 miles of footpaths and trails. Visitors who enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding or gliding will also not be disappointed here.

Some of the most unspoilt and rural countryside in Wales can be found at Cardigan Bay on Wales’s west coast. It provides the perfect place for seeing bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and grey seals. And with the frequent boat trips that operate in the bay it’s possible to get up ‘close and personal’ with these amazing marine mammals.

Inland, walking trails abound across the countryside which is perfect for visiting the number of nature reserves that occur in this area and for mountain bikers a 35km mountain biking trail can be found high in the Cambrian Mountains.

In the east of the region lies the Wye Valley, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and covers some 72 miles of the River Wye. Two national trails and over 1000 miles of public footpaths criss cross rivers, gentle rolling hills and more strenuous mountains. The River Wry is famed for its salmon and trout making it a popular place for anglers.

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Destinations in Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales

Cardigan Bay and Area

One of the most rural counties in Wales, overlooking Cardigan Bay, Ceredigion offers unspoilt countryside and uncrowded beaches.

Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons National Park covers over 500 square miles, from Llandeilo in the west to Hay on Wye in the east.

Wye Valley and Area

Stretching from the village of Mordiford just south of the City of Hereford to the rocky outcrops of Chepstow Castle and covering 72 miles of the banks of the River Wye, the Wye Valley is an AONB.

Mid Wales and Borders

For those who really want to escape it all then mid Wales is the place to go.

Things to do in Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales

Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons has the lowest profile of Wales’s three national parks, but remains a popular destination

Snowdonia National Park

Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is the largest National Park in Wales.

Cambrian Mountains

This area of Mid Wales, is now becoming better known and the secret of the sublime Mid Wales uplands

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

Ynys-hir mixes Welsh oak woodland with wet grassland and saltmarshes. Feast your eyes from any of our seven hides – look out for birds of prey.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Built in an old slate quarry in the foothills of Snowdonia the Centre for Alternative Technology visitors centre has 7 acres of interactive displays, organic gardens, cafe, shop and adventure playground.

Llanerchaeron

Llanerchaeron is a very special place. Its history, its architecture and its setting combine to make it a rare survivor of traditional Welsh, self-sufficient, agricultrual estate

The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Once a working link between local lead mines and the harbour, the Vale of Rheidol Railway now runs a steam train service through the Rheidol Valley for visitors and sightseers.

Ty siamas

The National Centre for Welsh Music is a feast for the senses, with many fascinating exhibitions, tracing the history of folk music.

The Montgomery Canal

The Montgomery Canal, derelict for many years, is now being reborn as a cruiseway through the picturesque Welsh Marches.

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