The Brecon Beacons is a National Park in Wales. Spanning 518.9 sq miles, the Park boasts fantastic walks, ancient castles, pretty towns, nature and some beautiful waterfalls. The National Park is full of stories to keep the history buffs (or more folklore and myth lovers) entertained, such as the lady of the lake and the supposed resting place of King Arthur!
Before visiting you should read the Brecon Beacon dog code to ensure the safety of your dog and others.
Both of our trips to the Brecon Beacons have involved climbing Pen Y Fan. As you can see by the below photos, the weather in Wales is as unreliable as in England and Scotland!
Pen Y Fan is a 886M high hill, it was declassified as a mountain when they changed the height requirements. It is the highest point in Wales and offers spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons. There are a number of different routes to the top (research before you go, I recommend the National Trust route) and they all require a good level of fitness. It’s a steep and sometimes very windy climb.
As you know, I’m a whimp when it comes to heights. There was one point on the journey up that I climbed up on all fours to stop the wind blowing me off. My pooch, however, had no problems at all and we have since determined that there is mountain goat blood in her veins! And the many children that surrounded me were also fine (see here for family-friendly guidance). I am just a whimp.
On both occasions we climbed Pen Y Fan in the morning. Parking at the Pont ar Daf car park where you can fill up on hot drinks and freshly made welsh cakes. The climb took us about 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down, plus about half an hour at the top taking in the views and queuing for a picture with the marker stone (you’ll want evidence that you did it!). Afterwards, we treated ourselves to some seriously good lunch at Laura’s Diner on the way home.
Things to do and places to see in the Brecon Beacons
As mentioned above, the reason for both our trips was to climb Pen Y Fan (something I recommend doing), but there’s so much more that you can do with your pooch in the National Park. For example, with your pooch you can visit:
Dog-friendly accommodation in the Brecon Beacons
Every year my family spends a weekend together in a new place. While in the Brecon Beacons we stayed in a gorgeous House in the Hills in Hay-on-wye, which was actually one house and a separate converted barn. The converted barn had a lovely open kitchen where our family cooked and spent time together. My favourite part was the stunning roll top bath – much needed after a climb. I can wax lyrical about this property, but I’ll spare you. Check it out the pictures for yourself here.
Below are some pictures from in and around the property. Lots to explore.
Other useful sources
These sites helped me plan our trip, I hope that you’ll find them useful too:
- The official Brecon Beacons National Park site: https://www.breconbeacons.org/
- The National Trust site: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brecon-beacons
- National Park Authority site with up to date guidance: https://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/
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