I grew up near Cardiff and me and the rest of the family would always go to the Brecon Beacons for day trips on bank holidays. From memory, it pretty much rained every time we went. That is the main feature of the Brecon Beacons, the wet weather. However, so long as you wrap up in waterproofs, it just does not matter. There is a certain romance to the rain. The Beacons are a National Park of over 500 square miles. It is stunning. There is green everywhere you can see, just intercepted with the heather that grows on the mountain sides. Also there are sheep all over the place and you will find tufts of wool on the barbed wire fences. My favourite thing about the Brecon Beacons is the tall mountain Pen Y Fan. Be prepared though if you think you can walk it. I set out one day on my own, leaving my parents at the bottom. You can see the top and you get closer and closer and then all of a sudden, the steep incline stops and you must go down before you can go up again. This is so dis-heartening and means that it is a lot more effort than you would first imagine from looking up at the mountain from the start of the footpath. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the outdoors and enjoys walking and getting away from the world. It's pure Eden!
The Brecon National Park is one of three in Wales the other two being Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia. The park covers some 519 square miles Over one hundred appointed local people who painfully look after the beautiful countryside administer the Brecon National Park and everything associated with it. The park is very much known for its walks and what better place to start than Mountain Centre which is some five miles south west of Brecon. From the Mountain Centre there are some of the best walks in Wales, which include spectacular views from the top of Pen-y-fan (tallest mountain in S.Wales) and Corn Du. The walk very in length but the average length of a walk is about ten miles which is enough to tire me out. The tearooms at the mountain Centre are also a treat with a wide range of meals with mostly homemade produce. The park includes the following attractions: - Llangorse Lake – Some one mile wide the lake has a circumference of about five miles. The lake is noted for its birds and fishing and variety of plants. Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal – Runs for over thirty miles between Brecon and Pontypool through some idyllic countryside. Trips are organised daily by barge or boat. Henrhyd Waterfalls – Unbroken drop of 90ft and located deep in a wooden gorge. The footpath down is quite narrow and steep in places but its well worth the view when you get to the bottom. Dan- yr Ogof Caves – See my opinion. These are just a small amount that the Brecon Beacons have to offer, pay us a visit you will have fantastic scenery and enjoy.
If you want to enjoy the outstanding beauty of the Brecon Beacons and have a luxurious base, the Lake Country House Hotel is perfect. Located in the very small village of Llangamach Wells this country house hotel provides sumptuous luxury in outstanding surroundings. Rooms are huge and plush and service couldn't be better - and include complimentary decanter of sherry. Breakfast and dinner are genuinely cordon bleu standard and served leisurely in a spacious dining room. The huge drawing room is beautiful and lavishly furnished in a traditional English country house style. It is like being transported into an Agatha Christie without the drastic consequences. The grounds are enormous too and include lake, fast running river, 9 hole pitch and putt golf course, putting green and the ubiquitous croquet lawn - not to mention spectacular views. It is the best way to see the Brecon Beacons (and other local sites). The owner/manager welcomes guests like part of an extended family and has another hotel managed in the same way in Ludlow which we hope to visit. Luxury like this doesn't come cheap (in the region of £100 per person per night), but don't let that put you off!