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The Brecon Beacons is a spot of true natural beauty tucked away in South and Central Wales. Packed with adventure activities and restful getaways, there’s plenty to do for all kinds of people.

Get to the Brecon Beacons by Train

Getting to the Brecon Beacons by train allows you to indulge in the beautiful Welsh countryside before you even set foot in the national park. You can easily reach the Brecon Beacons from stations like Rhymney and Merthyr Tydfil – simply hop on the next train out of Cardiff or Newport for an easy journey to one of Wales’ primary beauty spots.

Our routes to Cardiff run from key locations around the UK, including Cheltenham, Bristol, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, and Nottingham. Wherever you’re travelling from, CrossCountry can make your trip to the Brecon Beacons a breeze.

About the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons boasts miles of natural beauty in the varied, mountainous landscape. Every year the Brecon Beacons national park plays host to visitors eager to soak up the best the Welsh countryside has to offer. Deep in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, you’ll find mountains like Y Mynydd Du (aka the Black Mountain) and South Wales’ highest mountain Pen y Fan. As well as the hilly and mountainous terrain, there are plenty of hills, forests, waterfalls, and lakes that truly make this national park a must-visit spot for breathtaking scenic views.

Covering around 520 square miles, and incorporating three Welsh counties – Monmouthshire, Powys, and Carmarthenshire – this is a landscape so stunning that it has become the basis of legend. The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is one that is known all around the world. As a favourite bedtime story for children and the foundation of countless beloved films and TV shows for adults; this is a legend that is local to the Brecon Beacons. The landscape is not only beautifully picturesque but is spine-tinglingly evocative of that most treasured myth. A visit to the Brecon Beacons is, in some ways, a pilgrimage to Camelot itself.

Two people hiking across the Brecon Beacon hills in stormy weather

Things to Do in the Brecon Beacons

This area of outstanding natural beauty is the perfect setting for all of your favourite outdoor and adventure activities. From guided walks through the hills, mountains, and forests; to water sport activities like paddle-boarding and kayaking, there are activities for all kinds of people throughout the Brecon Beacons. If you’re feeling a little bit more daring, why not try rock climbing, abseiling, or gliding - to go home with a fearless story to tell?

If you’re visiting the Brecon Beacons for a more relaxing break from the stresses of modern life, there are plenty of options for you too. The Brecon Beacons is an International Dark Sky Reserve thanks to the remarkably dark night skies. This makes it the perfect place to do some stargazing for a truly magical experience. Meanwhile, in the daytime, there are activities like yoga, birdwatching, and horse riding to immerse yourself in. If that’s not calm enough for you, why not explore our many spas and health retreats for a visit that will refresh you?

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