Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons National Park is located in the mountain range Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957 and is one of three Welsh parks. The park stretches five hundred and nineteen square miles and encompasses several major regions. These are Black Mountain, Four Forest and Brecon Beacons.
Much of the Brecon Beacons National Park is bare meadows grazed by Welsh Mountain ponies and Welsh breeds of sheep. Here and there you find many scattered forest plantations and pastures in the valleys. Brecon Beacons National Park is famous for its waterfalls Henrhyd, which slopes twenty-seven meters. The park has many caves. The center of Brecon Beacons Mountain was opened in 1966 to assist tourists who can enjoy a walk around the mountain and to fully appreciate the most interesting places in the park.
Tourists in the park can enjoy biking, horseback riding and sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing, rock climbing, hang gliding, camping and cave exploration.
Among the preferred routes is Beacons Way, which has a length of one hundred sixty kilometers. It starts from the foot of Ysgyryd Four and ends in Carmarthenshire. Due to its remoteness the park is used for military training. Special air forces regularly conduct training here. The park is training grounds for the infantry forces of the British Army.
In Brecon Beacons, you can see the oldest, strangest and most original buildings in the United Kingdom. Among them is the leaning tower of Church of St Martin. It can be compared only with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is the only leaning tower of a church in all of England.
Very few places in England can offer such a beautiful sight, as can be seen in the National Park Brecon Beacons. To the west there are two beautiful lakes filled with many legends from the Middle Ages. The Four Forest area is a place where wildlife makes one feel part of it, as if time runs more slowly.
The park incorporates the beautiful valley Usk, which is a really beautiful sight. There are black mountains that create a magical atmosphere and are associated with ancient magic rituals.
In the park is located the Castle Carreg Cennen, which stands on a limestone cliff above the bright green valley. It is believed that this is the most romantic castle in all of Wales. Castle Dinas is at the northern end of the Black Mountains and rises at an altitude of 1400 meters. It is the highest castle in England and Wales.
Torpantau Tunnel passes through the park, which is the longest railway tunnel in England. Here is the water reservoir Grwyne Four, which is the highest reservoir in England and Wales. Lake Monmouthshire is the longest lake in England - it is almost 20 miles long.
The highest prehistoric dolmen in Wales is fisheries stone, which is located on Glan Usk. It is 18 meters high. The largest cave complex in Europe is Dan yr Ogof. The tunnel Pwlldu is the longest tunnel in the world that was dug with horses. The largest lake in South Wales is located in the park - this lake is Llangorse Lake. The park has the oldest inn in Wales - Skirrid Inn.