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Travel By Road

It is worth noting that the Brecon Beacons is a rural mountain locality and you should adjust your driving accordingly: i.e. take even more care and go slower particularly on narrow country roads. In particular please note:

Many roads in the Brecon Beacons will take you through quiet villages where the elderly, young children and animals are likely to be less traffic wise and may not expect to meet much traffic. The message is GO SLOW you don't know when you'll meet people who are not expecting much traffic.

This is a walking and farming area. It is very likely that you will encounter unexpectedly walking groups on the side of the road or farmers moving animals. The message is GO SLOW you don't know what's round that next corner.

Many main roads will have sections of modernised straight road followed by a sudden narrow section with unexpected bends. The message is GO SLOW you don't know when you'll meet a corner sharper than anticipated particularly at night when the road is difficult to read.

Many rural roads leading to remote locations, farms or small villages will be single track DRIVE SLOWLY so that you can stop if you meet a car coming towards you but hidden round the next bend - in fact it is advisable to drive slowly enough to allow for the fact the other driver may be going too fast! In particular hedgerows  a common feature of our chequerboard countryside hide the vehicle coming towards you. Hedgerows can be deceiving - you think you can see over the hedge whilst driving but usually the other vehicle is hidden from sight.

  • Visitors from abroad should consult a driving organisation or their travel agent for more detailed advice on driving on British roads. In the UK driving is on the left of the road not the right.

You may encounter wild animals attempting to cross the road - it can be dangerous to swerve to avoid them so give them a sporting chance by driving slowly.

Information on Traffic conditions including any congestion available online from South Wales Regional Traffic Control Centre or from their information line 0845 6026020

Public Transport in Rural Wales is fairly limited as regards routes and times. If you intend to rely on public transport it is advisable to plan your itinerary carefully. This page will help point you in the right direction. As always the Tourist Information Offices are a useful source of information.
The Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass is one ticket of that offers the visitor unlimited access to the bus and train services in Wales. It also incorporates a range of other benefits such as two for one entry or discounted admission to many of Wales biggest tourist attractions. purchase online.

Beacons Bus is a special service connecting many South Wales towns with the Brecon Beacons National Park. It operates every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from May 28th to August 27th 2001. This; European funded project is designed improve public transport in the National Park so that you do not have to rely on your car. Travel all day on the Beacons Bus Sunday network with just one ticket that you can buy on the first bus you travel on. £4.60 adult, £3.10 child (under 17); £2.30 senior citizens in possession of any local authority concessionary travel entitlement. Family groups day ticket £9.20 for a family of two adults and up to three children or one adult and up to 4 children.

Stagecoach Red & White - Routes:

  • Merthyr Tydfil to Pontsticill;
  • Brecon to Hay on Wye to Hereford Route;
  • Brecon - Abergavenny - Newport - London; 
  • Brecon Town Service;
  • Brecon - Ystradgynlais - Swansea;
  • Brecon - Merthyr Tydfil - Cardiff

Contact1, St.David's Rd., Cwmbran Gwent NP44 1PD
Tel: +44 (01633) 266336 +44 (01874) 622859 +44 (01685) 385539

  • First Cymru Co.Ltd
  • Station Square, Neath, West Glamorgan, SA11 1BY Tel: 01639 642261
  • Tawe Terrace Pontardawe,Swansea West Glamorgan SA8 4HA Tel:01792 863131
  • Heol Gwyrosydd Penlan Swansea West Glamorgan SA5 7BN Tel:01792582233
  • Shamrock Coaches:Merthyr Tydfil - Pontsticill route Tel. +44(01443) 409966
  • Sixty Sixty Coaches: Brecon - Ystradgynlais - Swansea Tel +44(01685) 386060

National Expressrun daily services to Newport, Cardiff and Swansea which connect to local bus and rail services into the Brecon Beacons National Park. Rural transport tends to be quite limited and it is best to make more detailed enquiries but generally speaking:

Cardiff via Merthyr Tydfil offers the best onwards travel links  to the Central Beacons and Brecon;  

Swansea the best onwards links for the communities in the West of the Brecon Beacons (known as the Black Mountain not to be confused with the Black Mountains in the east);

Newport via Abergavenny the best onwards link for the Black Mountains in the east of the  Brecon Beacons National Park.

There are excellent high speed rail and coach links to South Wales from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

National Express Bus Network

Travel by Rail

If you are traveling to South Wales by railway there are two railway stations in particular which offer good access into the Brecon Beacons National Park. Merthyr Tydfil (connection from Cardiff) and Abergavenny (connection from Newport, Hereford, or Shrewsbury.

From both railway stations it is possible to venture further into the National Park by connecting with buses. It is also possible to undertake a number of walks into the national park from both of these towns.

Access by Air

The nearest international airport to the Brecon Beacons is located at Rhoose just outside Cardiff. It is approximately one and a half hours drive. There are flights to Cardiff from a number of international airports worldwide. This service is supplemented by cost effective shuttle flights from Schnipol Airport, Amsterdam with several daily link flights connecting Cardiff to all major worldwide airports. Cardiff International Airport

There are also excellent high speed rail and coach links to South Wales from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

Cardiff International Airport - 52.9 miles (about 1 hour 20 mins)

Bristol Airport - 73.0 miles (about 1 hour 45 mins)

Birmingham International Airport - 110 miles (about 2 hours 18 mins)

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Banks and Money

Most banks are open from 09.30 to 16.30 Monday to Friday. Credit cards are widely accepted but may not be at the smaller shops and B&Bs.

Visitors who will be returning to a country outside the European Union can take advantage of the Retail Export Scheme (often called Tax-free Shopping), whereby you can reclaim VAT (Value Added Tax) on goods purchased for export.

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Tourist Information Centres provide a comprehensive list of Wales Tourist Board graded accommodation. Staff at the Information centres can also book a bed ahead for you.

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority produce a visitors guide which contains places to stay and a suggestion of a variety of things to do.

In Welsh:
Tourist Gwybodaeth Canolau arlwya a 'n gynhwysfawr restra chan Cymru Tourist Byrddia graddoledig le. Baladr am 'r Gwybodaeth canolau all hefyd llyfr gorweddfa o flaen atat.

'r Aberhonddu Choelcerthi 'n Genedlaethol Barc Awdurdod chynhyrcha a hymwelwyr arwain a contains chyfleadau at arhosa a awgrym chan amrywiaeth chan bethau at gwna.

Other welsh words: Click Here

Information Centre Phone
Abergavenny National Park 01873 853254
Abergavenny 01873 857588
Brecon 01874 622485
Crickhowell 01873 812105
Hay on Wye 01497 820144
Llandovery 01550 720693
National Park Visitor Centre 01874 623366
Talgarth 01874 712226
Tourism hotline Number 01686 610065
Wales Tourist Board 08701 211252

Other useful Links

Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Brecon Beacons Park Society

Other National Parks

The Council for National Parks

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Snowdonia National Park

Other Welsh Park Societies

Friends of Pembrokeshire National Park

Snowdonia Society / Cymdeithas Eryri

Countryside Management

Brecknock Wildlife Trust


Castles in Wales

The Council for the Protection of Rural Wales

Countryside Council for Wales

Environment Agency Wales

Forestry Commission Wales

The Woodland Trust

Welsh Tourist Information Offices
* Seasonal opening

Aberaeron, The Quay, SA46 0BT, 01545 570602, 01545 571534.

Aberdyfi *, The Wharf Gardens, LL35 0ED, 01654 767321, 01654 767321.

Abergavenny, Swan Meadow, Monmouth Road, NP7 5HL, 01873 857588. 01873 850217

Aberystwyth, Terrace Road, SY23 2AG, 01970 612125, 01970 612125,

Bala *, Pensarn Road, LL23 7SR, 01678 521021, 01678 521021,

Bangor *, own Hall, Deiniol Road, LL57 2RE, 01248 352786, 01248 352786,

Barmouth, The Station, Station Road, LL42 1LU, 01341 280787, 01341 280447,

Barry Island *, The Promenade, The Triangle, CF62 5TQ, 01446 747171, 01446 747171,

Beddgelert *, Canolfan Hebog, LL55 4YD, 01766 890615, 01766 890615,

Betws y Coed, Royal Oak Stables, LL24 0AH, 01690 710426, 01690 710665,

Blaenau Ffestiniog *, Unit 3, High Street, LL41 3ES, 01766 830360, 01766 830360,

Blaenavon, Blaenavon Ironworks, North Street, NP4 9RQ, 01495 792615, 01495 792615,

Borth *, Cambrian Terrace, SY24 5HY, 01970 871174, 01970 871365,

Brecon, The Market Car park, LD3 9DA, 01874 622485, 01874 625256,

Bridgend, McArthur Glen Design Outlet, The Derwen, CF32 9SU, 01656 654906, 01656 646523,

Builth Wells, The Groe Car Park, LD2 3BL, 01982 553307, 01982 553841,

Caerleon, 5 High Street, NP18 1AE, 01633 422656, 01633 422656,

Caernarfon, Oriel Pendeitsh, Castle Street, LL55 1ES, 01286 672232, 01286 676476,

Caerphilly, The Twyn, CF83 1JL, 029 2088 0011, 029 2086 0811,

Cardiff, Cardiff Visitor Centre, The Old Library, CF10 1WE, 08701 211 258,

Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan, Bath House Road, SA43 1JY, 01239 613230, 01239 614853,

Carmarthen, 113 Lammas Street, SA31 3AQ, 01267 231557, 01267 221901,

Chepstow, Castle Car Park, Bridge Street, NP16 5EY, 01291 623772, 01291 628004,

Colwyn Bay, Imperial Buildings, Princess Drive, LL29 8LA, 01492 530478, 01492 534789,

Conwy, Castle Buildings, LL32 8LD, 01492 592248, 01492 573545,

Ty Meirion, Eldon Square, LL40 1PU, 01341 422888, 01341 422576,

Fishguard, Harbour Ocean Lab, The Parrog, SA64 0DE, 01348 872037, 01348 872528,

Fishguard Town, The Library, High Street, SA65 9AR, 01348 873484, 01384 875246,

Harlech *
Llys y Graig, High Street, LL46 2YE, 01766 780658, 01766 780658,

Haverfordwest, Old Bridge, SA61 2EZ, 01437 763110, 01437 767738,

Holyhead, Stena Line, Terminal 1, LL65 1DQ, 01407 762622, 01407 761462,

Kilgetty *, Kingsmoor Common, SA68 0YA, 01834 814161, 01834 814161,

Knighton, Offa's Dyke Centre, West Street, LD7 1EN, 01547 529424, 01547 529242,

Lake Vyrnwy, Unit 2, Vyrnwy Craft Workshops, SY10 0LY, 01691 870346, 01691 870697,

Llanberis *, 41b High Street, LL55 4EU, 01286 870765, 01286 871924,

Llandovery, Heritage Centre, Kings Road, SA20 0AW, 01550 720693, 01550 720693,

Llandrindod Wells, Auto Palace, Temple Street, LD1 5HL, 01597 822600, 01597 829164,

Llandudno, 1-2 Chapel Street, LL30 2YU, 01492 876413, 01492 872722,

Llanelli, Millennium Coastal Park Visitor Cente, North Dock, SA15 2LF, 01554 777744, 01554 757825,

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Station Site, LL61 5UJ, 01248 713177, 01248 715711,

Llangollen, Y Chapel, Castle Street, LL20 8NU, 01978 860828, 01978 861563,

Llanidloes, 54 Longbridge Street, SY18 6EF, 01686 412605, 01686 413884,

Machynlleth, Canolfan Owain, Glyndwr, SY20 8EE, 01654 702401, 01654 703675,

Merthyr Tydfil, 14a Glebeland Street, CF47 8AU, 01685 379884, 01685 379884,

Milford Haven *, 94 Charles Street, SA73 2HL, 01646 690866, 01646 690655,

Mold, Library Museum & Art Gallery, Earl Road, CH7 1AP, 01352 759331, 01352 759331,

Monmouth, Shire Hall, Agincourt Square, NP25 3DY, 01600 713899, 01600 772794,

Mumbles, The Methodist Church, Mumbles Road, SA3 4BU, 01792 361302, 01792 363392,

New Quay *, Church Street, SA45 9NZ, 01545 560865, 01545 561360,

Newport, Museum & Art Gallery, John Frost Square, NP20 1PA, 01633 842962, 01633 222615,

Newport (pembs) *, 2 Bank Cottages, Long Street, SA42 0TN, 01239 820912, 01239 821258,

Newtown, The Park, Back Lane, SY16 2NH, 01686 625580, 01686 610066,

Oswestry Mile End, Mile End Services, SY11 4JA, 01691 662488, 01691 662883,

Oswestry Town, The Heritage Centre, 2 Church Terrace, SY11 2TE, 01691 662753, 01691 657811,

Pembroke *, Visitor Centre, Commons Road, SA71 4EA, 01646 622388, 01646 621396,

Penarth *, Penarth Pier, The Esplanade, CF64 3AU, 029 2070 8849,

Pont Nedd Fechan *, Pontneathvaughan Road, Pont Nedd Fechan, SA11 5NR, 01639 721795, 01639 721795,

Pontypridd, Pontypridd Museum, Bridge Street, CF37 4PE, 01443 490748, 01443 490746,

Porthcawl *, Old Police Station, John Street, CF36 3DT, 01656 786639, 01656 782387,

Porthmadog, High Street, LL49 9LD, 01766 512981, 01766 515312,

Presteigne *, The Judge's Lodging, Broad Street, LD8 2AD, 01544 260650, 01544 260652,

Pwllheli, Min y Don, Station Square, LL53 5HG, 01758 613000, 01758 613000,

Rhayader, The Leisure Centre, North Street, LD6 5BU, 01597 810591,

Rhyl, Rhyl Childrens Village, West Parade, LL18 1HZ, 01745 355068, 01745 342255,

Ruthin, Ruthin Craft Centre, Park Road, LL15 1BB, 01824 703992, 01824 703992,

Saundersfoot *, The Barbecue, Harbour Car Park, SA69 9HE, 01834 813672, 01834 813673,

St Davids, National Park Visitor Centre, The Grove, SA62 6NW, 01437 720392, 01437 720099,

Swansea, Plymouth Street, SA1 3QG, 01792 468321, 01792 464602,

Tenby, Unit 2, The Gateway Complex, SA70 7LT, 01834 842402, 01834 845439,

Tywyn *, High Street, LL36 9AD, 01654 710070, 01654 710070,

Welshpool, The Vicarage Gardens Car Park, Church Street, SY21 7DD, 01938 552043, 01938 554038,

Wrexham, Lambpit Street, LL11 1WN, 01978 292015, 01978 292467,

In Welsh... In English...
Abergavenny - Mouth of the River Gavenny
Deri - Oak
Pantygelli - Village in the hollow
Bettws - Place of prayers/sacred place
Fforest Coalpit - Charcoal Pits in the Area
Gaer - Fort
Pen-y-Dre - Top of village
Pen-y-Clawdd - Top of hedge
Llanfihangel Crucorney - Church of St. Michael in Crucorney
Llanerch - Open Space
Penyclawdd - Top of mound
Henbant - Old Valley
Crickhowell - Howell's Camp
Cwmyoy - Valley of the Yoke
Llanbedr - Church of St. Peter
Pentre - Village
Tredomen - Three Tumps (Hills)
Croeso - Welcome
Bore Da - Good Morning
Nos Da - Good Night
Os Gwelach Yn Dda - Please
Diolch Yn Fawr - Thank-you very much
Iechyd Da - Cheers



Travel Information for the Brecon Beacons

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