The Brecon Beacons National Park - Croeso i'r Bannau Brycheiniog!
The Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957, under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949.
It was the tenth area in England and Wales to be given such status.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is a playground for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike, but you don't have to run up mountains before breakfast to enjoy what it has to offer.
At around the same time as the glaciers started to melt, man began to appear on the landscape, yet all that remains of his earliest Stone Age presence are rare scattered remnants of early tools made by hunters working stone. Some of these remnants were found around the Gwernvale burial chamber, which lies just outside Crickhowell alongside the A40 road to Brecon.
The Romans arrived in The Brecon Beacons around AD48 and began to conquer the local tribes, including the Silures and the Ordivices (remember them?), yet surprisingly they left little evidence of their passing. Only a few examples of forts and camps remain, with the best evidence occurring in the West of the Park, such as the marching camp and fortlet at Y Pigwn above Trecastle.
In the late 11th Century, the Normans began their conquest of Wales after they had secured most of England following the battle of Hastings.
Their early castles tended to be of the motte and bailey construction. These were relatively quick and easy to build and provided a degree of protection from attack. The motte was a raised earth mound, usually less than 5m high, encircled by a ditch and topped by timber fortifications; it was often, but not always, surrounded by a timber fortified bailey or courtyard.
A large contributor to driving the industrial revolution in The Brecon Beacons was the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Originally built as two canals, these linked Newport docks to Pontnewydd and Crumlin at the southern end, and Brecon to Pontymoile at the northern end.
The Brecon Beacons is a beautiful area that we love and enjoy ok, we are biased but we want you to enjoy it too. We love the area so much we are all doing our best to minimise our negative effect and increase our positive effect on the land and its communities.
The Brecon Beacons National Park offers a wealth of canoeing experiences for both the beginner and extreme sports fanatic.
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