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Part of the Brecon Beacons, looking from the highest point Pen y Fan, 886 m (2907 feet), to Cribyn, 795 m (2608 feet)
Part of the Brecon Beacons, looking from the highest point Pen y Fan, 886 m (2907 feet), to Cribyn, 795 m (2608 feet)

The Brecon Beacons (Welsh: Bannau Brycheiniog) are a mountain range located in the south-east of Wales. They form the nucleus of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog), one of Wales's three National Parks. Part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, looking from the highest point Pen Y Fan (2907 feet, 886 metres) to Corn Du (2864 feet, 873 metres). ... Part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, looking from the highest point Pen Y Fan (2907 feet, 886 metres) to Corn Du (2864 feet, 873 metres). ... Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in south Wales, part of the Brecon Beacons. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... A mountain range is a group of mountains bordered by lowlands or separated from other mountain ranges by passes or rivers. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) English, Welsh Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779 km² (3rd in... The Brecon Beacons National Park, looking from the highest point of Pen Y Fan (886 m/2907 feet) to Corn Du (873 m/2864 feet). ...

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The range

The Brecon Beacons range, properly speaking, consists of the mountains to the south of Brecon. The highest of these is Pen y Fan (886 m); other notable summits include Corn Du (873 m), Cribyn (795 m), and Fan y Bîg (719 m). These summits form a long ridge which forms a horseshoe around the head of the Taf Fechan river to the south-east, with long parallel spurs extending to the north-east. The round of the Taf Fechan skyline forms a popular ridge walk known as the 'Beacons Horseshoe'. The Brecon Beacons are so named after ancient practice of lighting signal fires (beacons) on the mountains to warn of attacks by the English. The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail. ... Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in south Wales, part of the Brecon Beacons. ... The metre, or meter (US), is a measure of length. ... A ridge is a geological feature that features a continuous elevational crest for some distance. ... This page discusses Beacons, fires designed to attract attention. ...

Llyn y Fan Fawr in the Black Mountain, one of the less frequented parts of the National Park
Llyn y Fan Fawr in the Black Mountain, one of the less frequented parts of the National Park

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 661 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 661 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Llyn y Fan Fawr, below Fan Brycheiniog in the Black Mountain The Black Mountain (Welsh: Y Mynydd Du) is a mountain range in South Wales, forming the westernmost range of the Brecon Beacons National Park. ...

The National Park

The National Park was established in 1957, the last of the three Welsh parks (Snowdonia was first in 1951). It covers 519 square miles (1344 km²), significantly more than the Brecon Beacons themselves, stretching from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the east. It encompasses the ranges confusingly named the Black Mountains (in the east of the park, on the border with England) and the Black Mountain (in the west). The area to the west of the Brecon Beacons range is known as the Fforest Fawr (Great Forest), and was designated a geopark by UNESCO in 2005. Most of the national park is moorland, with some forestry plantations, and pasture in the valleys. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Llandeilo is a town in Carmarthenshire, west Wales situated at the crossing of the River Tywi by the A40 on an elegant stone bridge. ... Second-hand bookshop at Hay-on-Wye Hay-on-Wye (Welsh: Y Gelli Gandryll or Y Gelli), often described as the town of books, is a market town in Brecknockshire, Wales, very close to the border with England, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. ... The Black Mountains are a group of hills in south-eastern Wales, and a small part of Herefordshire, England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Llyn y Fan Fawr, below Fan Brycheiniog in the Black Mountain The Black Mountain (Welsh: Y Mynydd Du) is a mountain range in South Wales, forming the westernmost range of the Brecon Beacons National Park. ... Geopark is short for Geological Park. ... UNESCO logo UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Heaths are anthropogenic habitats found primarily in northern and western Europe, where they have been created by thousands of years of human clearance of natural forest vegetation by grazing and burning on mainly infertile acidic soils. ... A decidous beech forest in Slovenia. ... A plantation is an intentional planting of a crop, on a larger scale, usually for uses other than cereal production or pasture. ... Pastureland Pasture is land with lush herbaceous vegetation cover used for grazing of ungulates as part of a farm or ranch. ...


On 22 May 2005, it was announced that the first walk to span the entire length of the Brecon Beacons National Park has opened. The 100-mile route runs from Abergavenny, through Crickhowell and ends in the village of Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire. May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Abergavenny (signposted Welsh: ), meaning Mouth of the River Gavenny, is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. ... Crickhowell (Welsh: Crughywel or Crucywel) is a town in Powys, traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales. ... Bethlehem is a small farming village in Carmarthenshire in West Wales. ... Carmarthenshire (Welsh: ) is a county in Wales. ...


Popular activities in the park include walking, cycling, horse riding, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, and caving. The Taff Trail passes through the Beacons on its way from Brecon to Cardiff. Woman walking downstairs Walk redirects here. ... This road bicycle is built using lightweight, shaped aluminium tubing and carbon fiber stays and forks. ... horse, see Horse (disambiguation). ... Sailing at sunset Wooden sailing boat Sailing is the skillful art of controlling the motion of a sailing ship or sailboat, across a body of water. ... Windsurfing is a surface water sport involving a windsurf board, also commonly called a sailboard, usually two to five meters long and powered by a single sail. ... Canoeing is the recreational or sporting activity of paddling a canoe or kayak. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ... Climbers on Valkyrie at the Roaches. ... Inside the cave at Cave Stream, New Zealand Caving is the recreational sport of exploring caves. ... Mile post at Quakers Yard The Taff Trail is a popular walking and cycle path that runs for 54 miles between Cardiff Bay and Brecon in Wales. ... Cardiff (English:  Welsh: ) is the capital of Wales and its largest city. ...

Sgŵd yr Eira, on the Afon Hepste near Ystradfellte

The park is known for its waterfalls, including the 27-metre Henrhyd Waterfall and the falls at Ystradfellte, and its caves, such as Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 342 KB)Sgŵd yr Eira, a waterfall on the Afon Hepste near the village of Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park SN928100. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 342 KB)Sgŵd yr Eira, a waterfall on the Afon Hepste near the village of Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park SN928100. ... Sgŵd yr Eira, Afon Hepste The Afon Hepste is a river in Powys, Wales, whose longest tributary, Afon y Waun, rises on Fan Fawr in the Brecon Beacons. ... Ystradfellte (trans: valley floor of the Mellte, the Mellte being a nearby river) is a small village in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons. ... Hopetoun Falls near Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia A waterfall is usually a geological formation resulting from water, often in the form of a stream, flowing over an erosion-resistant rock formation that forms a sudden break in elevation. ... With a drop of 90 feet (27. ... Ystradfellte (trans: valley floor of the Mellte, the Mellte being a nearby river) is a small village in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons. ... Alternate meanings: Cave (disambiguation) The outside world viewed from a cave A cave is a natural underground void. ... Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (Welsh for Cave of the Black Spring) is a cave located under a hillside in the Upper Swansea Valley in Wales. ...


Welsh mountain ponies may be seen grazing. A Welsh mountain pony is one of four breeds of pony from Wales. ...


Due to its remoteness, parts of the parks are used for military training. The Special Air Service (SAS) is known for holding especially demanding and dangerous training exercises here. It has been suggested that SAS Troops be merged into this article or section. ...


Towns and Villages in the Brecon Beacons

Aberdare (Welsh: Aberdâr) is an industrial town in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff in the traditional county of Glamorgan, in south Wales, situated (as the name implies) at the confluence of the Dar and Cynon rivers. ... Abergavenny (signposted Welsh: ), meaning Mouth of the River Gavenny, is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. ... Ammanford (Welsh: Rhydaman) is the fourth largest town in the county of Carmarthenshire, Wales with a population 5,299 according to the 2001 census. ... The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail. ... Brynmawr (Bryn-mawr) is a market town in the county borough of Blaenau Gwent, traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales. ... Crickhowell (Welsh: Crughywel or Crucywel) is a town in Powys, traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales. ... Glynneath (alternatively Glyn-Neath, Welsh: Glyn-nedd), is a small town in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales, lying on the River Neath. ... Hay-on-Wye (Welsh: Y Gelli Gandryll or Y Gelli), often described as the town of books, is a market town in Brecknockshire, Wales. ... Hirwaun is the name of an electoral ward, a community, and a mining village at the northwest end of the Cynon Valley in the South Wales Valleys. ... Llandovery (Welsh: Llanymddyfri) is a market town in Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the River Tywi and the A40 road. ... Llanwrtyd Wells (Welsh: Llanwrtyd) is a small town in Powys, in the traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales, lying on the River Irfon. ... Pontypool (Welsh: Pont-y-pŵl) is a town of approximately 37,000 people in the traditional county of Monmouthshire, southern Wales. ... Pontypridd is a town in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, south Wales. ... Talgarth is a small town in the traditional county of Brecknockshire, south Powys, mid Wales, with a population of around 1,800 people. ... Tredegar is a town in the county borough of Blaenau Gwent, traditional county of Monmouthshire, lying on the Sirhowy River in southern Wales, United Kingdom. ... Ystradgynlais is a town on the River Tawe in south west Powys, Wales. ...

Local Councils of the Brecon Beacons

  • Brecon Town Council
  • Builth Wells Town Council
  • Cefn Coed: Crossroads for City, Country & Coast
  • Clyro
  • Glasbury Community Council
  • Hay Town Council
  • Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch & Cathedine Community Council
  • Llangattock Community Council
  • Llangors Community Council
  • Llanthony
  • Llywel Community Council
  • Llanwrtyd Wells Town Council
  • Pontsticill Pontsarn & Vaynor
  • Talybont-on-Usk Community Council
  • Trallong Community Council
  • Trecastle
  • Ystradfellte and Waterfall Country
View north into Cwm Llwch from Corn Du, in the Brecon Beacons range
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View north into Cwm Llwch from Corn Du, in the Brecon Beacons range

Trecastle is a village in Powys, Wales, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (8518x1931, 4023 KB) Description: View down from Corn Du - Brecon Beacons National Park - Wales UK. Author: Heinz-Josef Lücking File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Brecon... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (8518x1931, 4023 KB) Description: View down from Corn Du - Brecon Beacons National Park - Wales UK. Author: Heinz-Josef Lücking File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Brecon...

See also

Wales Portal

Image File history File links Portal. ... One of the locomotives on the Brecon Mountain Railway Brecon Mountain Railway is a rail line that runs through the Brecon Beacons along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir. ...

External links

  • Official site of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Coordinates: 51°53′N 3°26′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Brecon Beacons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (564 words)
The Brecon Beacons range, properly speaking, consists of the mountains to the south of Brecon.
The Brecon Beacons are so named after ancient practice of lighting signal fires (beacons) on the mountains to warn of attacks by the English.
The area to the west of the Brecon Beacons range is known as the Fforest Fawr (Great Forest), and was designated a geopark by UNESCO in 2005.
Brecon Castle (2218 words)
Brecon was a Roman cross-roads and some roman roads remain visible on the Beacons even today.
Brecon castle and town are Norman in origin.
Edward, born in Brecon castle in February 1478, was granted all the honours, titles and lands which had belonged to his father.
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