A weekend in the Brecon Beacons

Stunning views, cosy stays and delicious dining: this glorious region has it all
Pen-y-Fan at sunrise

The Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) make quite the spectacle to be greeted with when crossing the border from England into Wales.

While they’re not quite as tall as their Snowdonian neighbours to the north, the scenery here is just as dramatic. Running from Llandeilo in the west to just past Abergavenny in the east, the National Park is home to plenty of hikes, beautiful views and lots of cosy pubs – perfect for an outdoorsy Weekend Escape.

Here are our rated picks for your getaway.

Things to do in the Brecon Beacons

It goes without saying that the most popular activity in the Brecon Beacons is walking; sturdy boots and waterproofs are packing essentials for those looking to explore on foot. Perhaps the region’s most famous feature is the twin peaks of Pen-y-Fan (2,907 feet/886m) and Corn Du (2,863 feet/873m) – your eyes can’t help but be drawn up to their angular outlines, sculpted northern cliffs and shadowy cwms. The bustling market town of Brecon, located in the most well-known part of the park, makes a great base for tackling these.

The National Park is divided into three other distinct areas. To the west there’s the wild, lonely Black Mountain (Mynydd Du), while the eastern flanks are comprised of the Black Mountains (not to be confused with the Black Mountain in the west). The ridges and valleys of the latter are a huge draw for mountain bikers wanting to test their speed and endurance.

To the south is the famous waterfall country, which boasts a tremendous series of cascades nestled amongst fern-covered woodlands. The highlight here is undoubtedly Sgwd yr Eira, where you can squeeze your way along a ledge behind the curtain of the fall. This region of the Brecon Beacons is also famed for its cave network – enjoy an underground adventure exploring three exceptional caves at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

Dan-Yr-Ogof: The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

If you’re looking for an alternative means of taking in the scenery, a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway, which is pulled behind a vintage Steam Locomotive, is a must. The fun also doesn’t stop when the sun goes down – the National Park was the fifth destination in the world to be awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status, meaning it’s among the best places in the world to see the Milky Way, major constellations and meteor showers. You may even spot a shooting star or two.

Recommended things to do in the Brecon Beacons

Below the Black Mountains escarpment (walk)

Brecon Mountain Railway

Dan-Yr-Ogof: The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

In Waterfall Country (walk)

On the Beacons Horseshoe (walk)

The Pen y Fan pilgrimage (walk)

Peterstone Court, Brecon

Places to stay in the Brecon Beacons

From stylish hotels and cosy B&Bs to top-rated caravan and camping parks, the National Park has plenty of choice for those seeking a comfortable stay.

Top-rated recommendations

Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

Pencelli Castle Caravan & Camping Park, Brecon

Peterstone Court, Brecon

Riverside Caravan Park, Crickhowell

The Bear, Crickhowell

Llangoed Hall, Llyswen

Where to eat in the Brecon Beacons

Whether you’re looking for hearty pub grub or refined contemporary dining, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a place to refuel after a day’s exploring.

Discover the Brecon Beacon’s best pubs and restaurants

Peterstone Court, Brecon

Three Horseshoes Inn, Brecon

Llangoed Hall, Llyswen

The Bear, Crickhowell

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