Brecon lies in the Brecon Beacons National Park a little to the north of the Brecon Beacons. This view of the Beacons to the south is from just outside of Brecon to the north-west near the hill fort of Pen-y-crug
Covering around 520 square miles the national park includes some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain as well as some important geology.
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At a little over 1000 feet above sea level Pen y Crug Iron age hillfort is an impressive site, occupying the summit of a prominent hill as this view of Brecon testifies. The top is encircled by a series of ramparts and ditches of considerable dimensions.
It made a pleasant and not too strenuous walk, of about 2 miles each way, from Brecon on a sunny day. The path is good if a bit steep in places.
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This large stream gushing out of a solid cliff face gives an indication that there may be something unusual here and there is.
This is the natural outlet of an underground stream that has pushed its way through the Carboniferous Limestone around here and, in doing so, has carved out an impressive cave system, Dan-yr-Ogof, which is open to the public.
Dan-yr-Ogof is about 15 miles from Ystradfellte, 19 miles from Brecon and 20 miles from Llandovery.
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Porth-Yr-Ogof, the name translates to 'the gateway to the cave', is near the small village of Ystradfellte. It is the largest cave entrance in Wales and one of the largest in the United Kingdom being roughly 60 feet wide and 10 feet high.
There is a car park very nearby if you don't mind paying the daily rate (there is no shorter term) or you could park in the free car park at Ystradfellte and walk along the public footpath for about a mile each way.
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The countryside around Brecon is very attractive with many spectacular views similar to this one. This view is from the little back road that runs from Ystradfellte north towards Senny Bridge over the high ground.
When driving around it does seem, at times, that there is a spectacular view at almost every turn.
This waterfall is about 4 miles east of Ystradgynlais and 25 miles south-west of Brecon and is about 90 feet high. It is owned by the National Trust and there is a free car park, also National Trust, about a 30 minute walk from the falls. You may notice that it is possible to walk behind the waterfall.