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Greener Brecon Beacons

If you are aiming to travel responsibly then this page is for you and it gives you the chance to have a more authentic holiday and get a little bit more out of your travels, while also making sure that you are doing as much as you can for the Beacons.

Stay somewhere Green
To stay in the Park, even for a couple of days, gives you the best chance to explore and experience the area to the fullest extent. If you want to stay with someone who looks after the environment as well as they look after you, then look out for the Green Dragon symbol which shows all the accommodation providers who have achieved the Green Dragon award - the Welsh Environmental accreditation scheme.

The Green Dragon scheme is the only accreditation scheme in Wales which allows you to find the businesses that are minimising their impact on the environment. There are a growing number now, spread throughout the whole of the Park to help you find what you are looking for.

Tread Lightly
The Brecon Beacons is one of the best walking areas in the country. A number of long distance routes cross or pass through the Park, notably Offa’s Dyke, Beacons Way and the Wye Valley Walk, which can all be completed in their entirety or in sections.

There is a huge range of walking routes for you to choose from for all abilities. Whether you want to plot your own or use established routes the Ordnance Survey Landranger Map (pink cover) 160 and 161 maps are the ones that cover the area.

There are many places to access walking routes and walking leaflets can be picked up in all the local Tourist Information Centres: website link

If you would like to join one of the many guided walks that occur most weekends then see either The Brecon Beacons Park Society web site - website link or that of the BBNPA website link On these walks you get the benefit of walking in an experienced social group as well as hearing about the local area.

Cost to join these groups is minimal or free and a list of upcoming walks can be found here: website link

If travelling on two wheels is more your thing a network of the best cycling routes in the Beacons have been pulled together for you. Whether you are a mountain biker or family cyclist or anywhere in-between you can now get rid of the need for a car and use pedal power.

The Brecon Beacons is becoming internationally famous for its mountain biking and cycling routes.
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The National Cycle Network has some excellent routes in the Beacons and the Sustrans National Route 8, also called LÔn Las Cymru, goes from Cardiff to Holyhead through the heart of Wales’s winding its way through the Beacons.

Route 42, which links Chepstow and Abergavenny, with the infamous Gospel Pass section in the Brecon Beacons is not for the faint hearted!

Abergavenny is also the start of the Four Castle route and this is one of many relaxing routes cruising along quiet country lanes. You can also cycle traffic-free trails on the towpath of Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal.

Eat Locally
The quality and ‘mouth-watering-ness’ of the food and drink produced in this area is stunning. So whether you want to buy local produce direct from the producer or feast on local foods cooked and prepared for you, you can now do both easily and cost effectively.

Farmers Markets are an ideal place to browse a range of local producers and the smells, noise and atmosphere of the markets is a real experience to enjoy. There are also a number of excellent food festivals held throughout the year, so keep your eye on the calendar.


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Greener Brecon Beacons

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.

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