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A sublime range of mountains, running all the way from the west to the east, forms the backbone of our National Park.


We are blessed with mountains at a variety of altitudes which make for a varied landscape with an array of walking opportunities. They range from hills like Blorenge which stands above Blaenafon at 571m, to Pen y Fan which, at 886m, is the highest mountain in Southern Britain.

This, our star mountain lies in the central Brecon Beacons massif; one of four massifs, the other three being:

  • the Black Mountains in the east with Waun Fach at its highest point at 810m;
  • Fforest Fawr which includes Fan Fawr at 734m amongst other ‘Fans’;

Photo of The Black Mountain and Llyn y Fan Fach

  • the Black Mountain/Y Mynydd Du in the West with Fan Brycheiniog at 802m.

Choose a pleasant walk up one of the gentler slopes from the south or a more energetic climb up a sweeping ridge, beside dramatic north facing escarpments to one of our distinctive flat-topped summits.

Walker approaching steep sided Beacons

Find out about the geology behind this, one of Britain’s most stunning landscapes, the western half of which is recognised by UNESCO as Fforest Fawr Geopark.


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