There’s something really special about springtime in the Brecon Beacons. Days get longer and warmer, there are signs of spring everywhere, daffodils nod in the breeze, new-born lambs frolic in the fields, bird chatter can be heard in the peaceful countryside villages and squirrels dance around the treetops. Spring blossom fills the fields and local pub menus are brimming with tempting spring treats. Throughout the National Park spring sees the start of outdoor festivals and fairs, from music to food and art to theatre, the calendar of events gets busier and fuller.
Here’s three fantastic areas in which to experience spring in the much-loved Brecon Beacons National Park:
- Explore our Mountains
The mountains take on a new look and feel over the spring months when they shrug off the darkness of winter. Get your head up above the clouds to the top of a mountain – of which the Central Beacons range is home to South Wales tallest, Pen y Fan. As well as over 500 square miles of precipitous mountains, the serene cwms, and vast moorlands within the Brecon Beacons National Park is the perfect place to get lost in nature.
Get that unique mountain high, your soul will be stirred. The colours are as vibrant as they will ever be, intermittent fresh spring breezes and warm sun on your face, the sound of bleating lambs in the valley below. There’s no other place you would rather be on a spring day.
- Explore our waters
The Brecon Beacons National Park offers an awesome range of options for water lovers, from the tranquillity of canals and reservoirs to jaw-dropping waterfalls.
Waterfall country, a place of immense beauty, the uneven paths take you along riverside scenery, with steep sided wooded valleys where four breathtaking waterfalls are within a relatively short walk of each other. This is a truly unique location like no other in the UK. The final waterfall is the beautiful Sgwd yr Eira (fall of the snow) where you will enjoy the exhilarating experience of walking behind the gushing torrent of water as it falls into the pool below. This place is truly special, and you are guaranteed fantastic photos and a memorable experience.
If you prefer smooth water to raging rapids, you’ll love the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Once an important transport route, it’s now a lovely place for strolling, boating, and paddle boarding. Peaceful and rural. Or visit the largest lake in South Wales, Llangorse Lake, a fantastic haven for wildlife. Otters and water voles are among the mammals to be found here. More often than not they’re hidden in the reeds, so you’re unlikely to see them, but you won’t miss the birds – warblers, coots, swallows, swifts and large flocks of Canada geese and other migrants congregate at Llangorse at different times of year.
- Explore our skies
It gets very dark at night in the Brecon Beacons, so much so that the National Park has been recognised as one of only 11 International Dark Sky Reserves in the world.
It’s one of the best places in the world go star gazing. Take a hot flask of tea, wear warm clothing, and, on a clear night, you can see as far as the Milky Way.
The beautiful Usk Reservoir in the national park has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site. When conditions are right, you can spot a range of constellations here as the reservoir is largely protected from the light pollution of the South Wales Valleys.