Brecon Beacons National Park - A3 Poster
The Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957, the third of the three Welsh parks after Snowdonia in 1951 and the Pembrokeshire Coast in 1952.
The National Park is around 42 miles wide and, in total, covers approximately 520 square miles of South and Mid Wales, just west of Herefordshire. It includes parts of Powys, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire, Rhondda and Merthyr Tydfil. The park gets its name from the Central Beacons, which dominate the skyline south of Brecon. They rise to 886 metres at Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain.
Most of the national park is grassy moorland grazed by Welsh mountain ponies and Welsh mountain sheep, with scattered forestry plantations, and pasture in the valleys. It is known for its remote reservoirs, waterfalls including the 90-foot Henrhyd Waterfall and the falls at Ystradfellte, and its caves, such as Ogof Ffynnon Ddu.