The Brecon Beacons National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog) is one of three national parks in Wales, and is centred on the Brecon Beacons range of hills in southern Wales.
It includes the Black Mountain (Welsh:Y Mynydd Du) in the west, Fforest Fawr (translates as 'great forest') and the Brecon Beacons in the centre and the Black Mountains (Welsh:Y Mynydd Du or Mynyddoedd Duon) in the east.
The national park is located in Wales and it is not quite as easy to reach as other national parks in the United Kingdom. The closest city with a large international airport is Cardiff. Another option is to fly to Birmingham. The drive from Birmingham is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
When to visit
The United Kingdom generally has a lot of rainfall in the colder months. Make sure you are well prepared for your visit and bring the right gear. The park can be enjoyed all year round with the right gear.
Map of Brecon Beacons National Park
Image gallery of Brecon Beacons National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Brecon Beacons National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Wildlife in Brecon Beacons National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.
Mushroom hunting in Brecon Beacons National Park
There are plenty of good options in Wales for mushroom hunting. It is not very popular in the national park and it is difficult to find specific information about foraging within the park. Make sure to speak to local authorities about your foraging plans.
Camping rules in Brecon Beacons National Park
It is technically not permitted to do wild camping in the national park. This is unless you have explicit permission from a land owner within the national park.
Bears in Brecon Beacons National Park
No bears in the park
This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.