Camping in the Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons National Park Location
The Brecon Beacons National Park covers some 552 square miles of high, grassy ridges and includes the highest mountains in southern Britain.
Those looking to camp in South Wales might be interested to know that the Brecon landscape is less dramatic than that of Snowdonia to the north. The more steady landscape makes camping in the Brecon Beacons a great option for campers with kids.
Two thirds of the Brecon Beacon Park is made up of old red sandstone which is separated by rivers to form four distinct ranges of hills: the Black Mountain (to the west), Fforest Fawr, the Central Beacons and the Black Mountains (to the east). Campers looking for caving opportunities should visit the southern edge, made up of grit and limestone which houses magnificent caves and passages.
In addition to the mountain ranges making the Park a camping walkers’ paradise, the Offa’s Dyke Pathcrossing the eastern border and the Taff Trail heading south from Brecon add to the appeal.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is an international Dark Sky Reserve and The Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre near Libanus hosts regular stargazing events. For this reason Rhandirmwyn which is located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons is a popular and dynamic campsite.
Things to do from the campsite
There are some excellent river and hill walks from Rhandirmwyn Club campsite, ask at the site office for details. The Cambrian Way passes through the edge of the site. The circular all-ability access trail in Cwmrhaeadr Forest, only 1.5 miles away from the campsite is perfect for cyclists. There are a couple of nice pubs in the village both serving good local food.
Head south from Rhandirmwyn Club campsite to the Usk Reservoir in the National Park. An eight mile trail wends its way around the shore, perfect for walkers and cyclists. Fishing is available here too. The nearby Glasfyndd Forest also has great walking and cycling tracks. Head past Brecon on the A40 from Rhandirmwyn Club Site to Llangorse Lake for boating and fishing. The nearby activity centre numerous indoor and outdoor fun for all ages from horse riding to zip wires.
Forest Fawr Geopark Festival 2013 25 May-9 June, Brecon County Show 3 August, Brecon Jazz Festival in August
Places to visit
Head south from Rhandirmwyn for the subterranean world of the National Showcaves Centre for Wales. As well as the caves, you can visit the dinosaur park, shire horse centre and iron age village. The 13th century hillside Carreg Cennen Castle is south of the Club Site near the village of Trapp
You can visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales from this site.