The Brecon Beacons are a mountain range in Powys, Wales stretching from Llandeilo (Carmarthenshire) in the west to Abergavenny (Monmouthshire) in the east and covering some 520 square miles of beautiful Welsh countryside. They are classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty and are protected and looked after by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
The most famous of it's landmarks is Pen Y Fan which has a very distinctive outline - from some angles looking as if the summit has been completely removed leaving a partial peak with a flat table top. Pen y Fan as with most of the other peaks in the area is very popular with walkers and during the summer you will notice an expanding fraternity of paragliders flocking to the area too.
Situated on a hillside just outside of Libanus on the A470 is the Brecon Beacons National Park Centre and Tea Rooms which is a great place to start if you've never visited the area before. There are some lovely walks, one of the best views of Pen y Fan you can find in the area, a shop for maps etc.. and large car parking areas.
For the more adventurous the Beacons are littered with walking trails. Some being easy/moderate and others for the more experienced walker, there is a great wealth of information for walking in the Beacons on the Brecon Beacons website.
As mentioned earlier, paragliding is really (excuse the pun) taking off in the Beacons and if you fancy getting a birds eye view of the mountains there are now a few activity providers that you can book this activity through. Other activities in the Beacons include caving, rock climbing and gorge walking amongst others, so there really is something for everyone to have a go at.
Although not quite as spectacular a journey as the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a great way to see some of the Brecon Beacons is to take a journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway which is based on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil.