Our friend Nancy, from Hello Nancy, went on a mission to discover the Brecon Beacons in South Wales the other month. Equipped with a hire car offered by Go Car Hire, she got to see a side of this stunning rural countryside that is easily accessible in a weekend from much of the UK.
The Brecon Beacons is the youngest of the three National Parks in Wales, established 60 years ago. It has beautiful mountain views, hikes to remote waterfalls and spectacular wildlife. What’s more, it’s only two hours from either London or Birmingham.
Living in London, the Brecon Beacons was a great choice for a quick getaway for Nancy. The fresh air and countryside views, are a great way to unwind from the stress of the city, and spend some quality time with friends or family. It’s also incredibly convenient, being just a quick hop down the M4 motorway.
Nancy stayed near Crickhowell, in the eastern side of the Brecon Beacons, just to the south of the Black Mountains. There are walks in the local area, that go up into the wild, natural hills which dominate the skyline. Great choice, Nancy!
To help plan your own trip to this great area of South Wales, we have put together some advice of our own. Here’s our list of top things to do.
Trek to the top of Pen Y Fan
This is the highest peak in South Wales, and has great summit views of the surrounding countryside. Starting by the side of the A470, a stroll up through the woods brings you to a well made path which you can follow all the way to the summit.
Allow two to three hours to fit in plenty of time to relax and take in the views. And take a hat and gloves, whatever time of year – the wind can be chilly in the hills!
Visit the red kite feeding station
Red kites are one of the great conservation success stories of recent years. From near extinction, this wonderful bird of prey is now flying high in much of the UK’s skies.
The feeding station in Llanddeusant gives you a chance to get up close to these majestic birds. They are easily identifiable by the distinctive arc across the bottom of their tail.
Check Out Llanthony Priory
This Twelfth Century Grade 1 listed land mark, nestled near the eastern edge of the National Park, is a great day out. The winding roads that lead to it are also some of the best driving roads in the area, with outstanding views of the local countryside. There is a great little cafe and accommodation options.
The real attraction of the site though, is its setting – the remote and secluded Vale of Ewyas gives access to the Offa’s Dyke footpath, and excellent walking in the local valleys and hills. This is a great place to base yourself for a weekend, with a real ‘away from it all’ feeling.
Feeling inspired? Check car hire prices and book your own road trip to Wales now.