A Guide to the Brecon Beacons and Brecon

Introduction

The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales. Specifically the name refers to the range of mountains to the south of Brecon, including the highest mountain in South Wales - Pen y Fan (886m).

This mountain range forms the core of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which all also includes the smaller ranges to the east and west of the central Beacons.

The Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957. It was the third national park to be set up in Wales after Snowdonia (1951) and the Pembrokeshire Coast (1952).

The Park stretches from Llandovery and Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the east, covering 519 square miles (332,100 acres).

Interesting Facts

Prince Charles has his Wales residence at the western edge of the Breacon Beacons near Myddfai.

The Special Air Service (SAS) holds some of its selection training exercise in the Brecon Beacons including the Fan Dance and the Long Drag.

Places To Stay

There are a number of Welsh Rarebits hotels located in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park :

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