Photo Above Star Gazing Night Sky Usk Reservoir Brecon Beacons
A selection of what you can see and do in the Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons National Park
Cwm Llach in The Brecon Beacons Above
Llangorse Lake: Second only to Bala Lake in size, Llangorse is both big and beautiful, as well as wet. Although there are many other lakes worth visiting, especially Llyn Y Fan Fawr (with its Lady of the Lake legend), it is hard to beat the serene majesty of the Llangorse waters. This glacial lake is famous for its pike fishing and for Crannog Island on which a Dugout Boat was found that dates back to the 9th century.A Crannog is an artificial island built for defensive purposes.There is a shop and visitor centre on the site.Visit Llangorselake.co.uk for further
HISTORY, GIANTS AND GHOSTS IN CWM TAWE
A perfect day out for culture seekers start with a visit to the Ynyscedwen Ironworks at Ystradgynlais, where over 1000 men worked in 1853 using a new smelting process discovered by David Thomas, who later moved to the USA and became the father of the American iron industry.
This area sometimes known as the Land of the Sleeping Giant, as the distinctive profile of the Cribarth mountain looks like a giant on his back catching forty winks. Another dramatic natural sight is the Henrhyd waterfall, at 27 metres the highest in South Wales. A steep walk takes you to the foot of the falls and you can then follow a path further downstream through a wonderful ‘Celtic rainforest’ to where the small fast flowing Llech joins the Tawe, passing an old woollen watermill known locally as the ‘TheFactory’. An audio trail on the route tells stories of the area and gives ample opportunity to rest and take it all in.
The romantically named Craig-y-Nos Castle, translates as ‘rock of the Night’, is now a hotel but in Victorian times was home to Madame Adelina Patti, a world famous opera singer whose voice was renowned for its incredible purity. Inside there is a beautiful Grade 1 listed theatre built by Madame Patti and it is reputed that her ghostly voice can sometimes still be heard.
Take a walk through the adjacent county park was formerly the pleasure gardens of the castle and end the day with tea and cake at the Changing Seasons Café in the park.
LLandeilo Market Town