Drying Room

"As you can see below many of the activities in The Brecon Beacons involve Hiking, Cycling, Climbing even Caving!

For that reaon we created a drying room so that however wet you get you can be up and ready for the next days adventure

There is also a washing area for bikes and muddy boots along with the secure room for drying out wet kit.

So don’t allow the weather to deter you from exploring this beautiful area’

Bronwyn

The Drying Room at The Lodge

Nature Trails

Brecon Beacons - Dark Sky Reserve

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If you have an interest in astronomy the Brecon Beacons National Park is the ideal place from which to watch the stars on a clear night.

The National Park was designated as International Dark Sky Reserve in 2012 - the fifth such destination in the world and the first in Wales.

The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

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Nine reservoirs and Wales’ largest natural lake at Llangorse provide the opportunity for a range of water associated activities.

The Rivers Usk and Wye are both nearby for fishing.  Day permits for the Usk are available in Crickhowell and canoes for the River Wye can be rented in Glasbury.

Pwll-y-Wrach - Wooded valley

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The Brecknock Wildlife Trust owns and manages Pwll-yr-Wrach, a wooded valley near Talgarth, where the river plunges over rock in two separate waterfalls.

One of the joys of living in an old country is that down every lane you can find a site rich with history or folklore.

The pool is reputedly the haunt of elves, fairies and any other supernatural being.

Rushing streams, rivers, waterfalls.

Craig-cerrig-gleisiad-fan-frynych - Nature Trail

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Southwest of Brecon, carved and formed by ancient glacial action, is the home of arctic-alpine plants and some rare birds.

Its heath, marsh, grassland and scrub habitats support many other plants, fungi, insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

Craig-y-Cilau Nature Trail

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Craig-y-cilau near Crickhowell, where the nutrient rich limestone cliff rock gives rise to soils that support a wide variety of plants, some of which are rare.

Castles, Priory and Cathedrals

Llandovery Castle

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Even the smallest of Welsh villages, like pretty Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, inadvertently camouflage their medieval origins.

Towering over the village is the ruins of a one important Castle.

Crickhowell Castle

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Crickhowell Castle, also known as Alisby's castle, is a conspicuous feature of the small market town and occupies a vantage point with commanding views along the Usk valley.

Tretower

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Tretower boasts a fine 13th century circular keep and one of the finest late medieval houses in Wales. Together they make up a property which for over 900 years has been altered and adapted to keep up with style and the tastes of the time.

Llanthony Prior

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The beautiful and stunning ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated in the picturesque Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains.

These mazing remains are all that survives of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales.

Cyfartha Castle

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Cyfarthfa Castle is located in the historical town of Merthyr Tydfil. Cyfarthfa Castle is situated in 160 acres of parkland with formal gardens, a lake, children's play area and a model railway.

Caves and Caving

National Showcaves Centre

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If you are an experienced caver you can explore the impressive chambers, with stalactites and stalagmites, and substantial lengths of passages deep beneath the Black Mountain in the western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

For non-cavers there is the National Showcaves Centre, south west of Brecon, with 3 fascinating caves to experience - Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave.

In addition, there is a Dinosaur Park, a Shire Horse Centre, an authentic Iron Age farm, a Museum and a Millenium Stone Circle, exhibits which all the family can enjoy.

(Bona fide experienced cavers can also obtain permission to explore beyond the Show Caves).

Heritage, Industrial Sites and Railways

The Brecon Mountain Railway

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The line runs from Pant, 3 miles North of Merthyr Tydfil, to Torpantau following part of the route of the original Brecon & Merthyr Railway which closed in 1964. At The Brecon Mountain Railway, from a carriage behind a vintage steam locomotive, you can see stunning views of the peaks of the Brecon Beacons across the Taf Fechan reservoir. You can also visit the workshops where steam locomotives are repaired and new ones are built.

Blaenavon World Heritage Site

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Blaenavon World Heritage Site which covers an area of around 13 square miles, the principal visitor attractions of which are the Big Pit National Coal Museum and, at the head of the Afon Lwyd river, Blaenavon Ironworks.

The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh houses

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Also in Brecon The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh houses a fascinating collection of military artefacts, including items from Rorke's Drift and VCs won at that battle as well as that given to the Lieutenant who sought bravely but vainly to save the Colours at Isandlwana.

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