Rounded, spongy hills of grass and rock wind around the river valleys that lie between sandstone and limestone uplands peppered with lakes and villages.
The most remote parts of the park are to the west, where the vast open terrain of the Black Mountain forms miles of tufted moorland and bleak peaks tumbling down to limestone country to the south west. They provide the most challenging and exhilarating walking in South Wales.
The central Brecon Beacons are far more popular for walking and pony trekking than the wet and wild Black Mountain and Fforest Fawr. The terrain here is dramatic, with sweeping peaks rising up out of the glacial scoops of land, and at just six miles from the Georgian town of Beacon, the mountains are easily accessible.
Situated at the northern edge of the Brecons is the lively town of Brecon which is often used as a base to explore the well-waymarked hills to the south. The town offers all the amenities needed for your stay as well as boasting a number of attractions that merit a visit. The Brecknock Museum features a walk through history of Wales and a nineteenth century assize court, preserved in all its splendor. If you fancy a cruise you can venture down a series of small streets to the Monmouth and Brecon Canal where you board the Dragonfly for a two hour cruise.
Here you can also walk The Taff Trail which is a 55 mile route from Brecon to Cardiff Bay which passes through a wonderful cross section of South Wales scenery. Open to cyclists as well as walkers the pathways pass through valleys, highlands and urban parks with rest areas, including numerous pubs along the way!