Wales: Brecon Beacons
The beautiful Brecon Beacons is one of four ranges of dramatic mountains and hills in South Wales which make up the Brecon Beacons National Park. Within the park are rushing streams and rivers, reservoirs, and Wales’s largest natural lake. There are colourful market towns and pleasant country villages to visit. There are several medieval castles. Carreg Cennen Castle is perched high up on a craggy hill. Other activities available include attractive waterfalls, wildlife to be seen in nature reserves, and the ability to cycle and hike.
There are several National Nature Reserves worth exploring, such as Craig-y-Cilau Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad and the Brecknock Wildlife Trust's Pwll-yr-Wrach near Talgarth. One part of the park—at the head of the Vale of Neath—has many wonderful waterfalls that it is called Waterfall Country.
Hay-on-Wye is a pretty little town on the River Wye, with the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons to the southwest. It is famous as the town of books and for the annual Hay Festival. But it is also an excellent base for walking with two national trails, the Offa’s Dyke path and the Wye Valley trail passing through the town. There are dozens of second-hand bookshops as well as antique and high-quality art and craft stores.
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