Mid Wales and The Brecon Beacons Guide
Although most of our properties in the Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons area are within driving distance of the coast, what the area lacks in beaches, it more than makes up for with its glorious countryside.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of only three National Parks in Wales, alongside Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire. As well as having breathtaking mountains, the Brecon Beacons also has the most waterfalls in a concentrated area that anywhere else in the UK. In fact it has so many waterfalls, that is known as ‘Waterfall Country’. The area has become much more infamous now due to the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Producers used the Brecon Beacons to film one of the most impressive sets – the Batcave! Take a walk down to Henrhyd Falls, a truly outstanding 27 metre waterfall cascade, and follow in the steps of Batman!
The waterfalls also bring an amazing activity called ‘Canyoning’. Don your wetsuits, buoyancy jackets and helmets, and take a big running leap into some of the most beautiful pools in Wales.
Imagine this – you’ve booked a Brecon Beacons self-catering cottage, it’s the evening and you want to relax. You go out into the garden, take a seat on a garden chair, lift your head up to the sky and be dazzled by thousands of stars. This could be you! The Brecon Beacons National Park is Wales’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. If you want to do a bit more than star gazing from your cottage, many events are held in the local area where you can get a closer look with telescopes.
When you’ve finished above ground, take a tour underground! Many accredited operators will take you to the spectacular world of tunnels and caves. The Brecon Beacons has one of Europe’s longest cave networks.
Mid-Wales is also a glorious and rural setting for your self-catering holiday. The small town of Llanwrtyd Wells has made its name with the wide range of quirky events that they hold during the summer months, known as the World Alternative Games. You could give all sorts of activities a go – bog snorkelling race, backward running race and even a zombie race. Alternatively, try beer mat tossing, toe wrestling and a good ol’ game of Russian egg roulette! These are just a few of the incredibly unusual events that the town holds.