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National Parks in Wales


Brecon Beacons:

The Brecon Beacons National Park spans 519 square miles. Established in 1957, it is located in mid-Wales and contains some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Europe.
The area is home to Pen y Fan, with its distinctive red table top summit - the highest Old Red Sandstone summit in Britain.

Crickhowell Walking Festival 2008
1st & 2nd March 2008 St David's Weekend
Followed by a further week of great walks for ALL abilities & ALL the family

Brecknock Wildlife Trust A registered charity and membership organisation, that has been operating for over 40 years, working for the protection of the wildlife habitats and species in the old county of Brecknock (now the southern third of Powys).

Gwent Wildlife Trust covers the area from the lower Wye to the Rhymney river valley in South East Wales. The Trust was set up in 1963 to purchase its first nature reserve, Magor Marsh and now has over 30 nature reserves.

Glamorgan Birds Website, a joint venture between the Glamorgan Bird Club and Gower Ornithological Society. The main function of these bodies is to produce the annual bird reports for the East and West of the county of Glamorgan.
This website features a number of online services aimed at making your birding in Glamorgan much easier. There are links to a number of pages that will be useful to anyone with an interest in birds, from the casual birdwatcher to the keenest of birders.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK. We are the fourth largest in area, covering from Cardiff and Caerphilly in the east to Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in the west, and include four of the west Wales islands amongst our 90 or so nature reserves


There are around 400 climbs in the Park South Wales Mountaineering Club was established in 1960 and aims to encourage interest in mountaineering in all its forms and to bring together like minded people interested in mountaineering. The Club's activities range from mountaineering and rock climbing to scrambling and hillwalking, catering for all level of experience including total beginners.


Cycling is a fun, healthy and environmentally friendly way to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park; ...Wales is fast becoming internationally famous for its single track routes within the beautiful Forests of Wales. Now in the Brecon Beacons National Park sixteen routes make the Brecon Beacons a top destination


The South East Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club web site is packed with information about hang gliding, paragliding and paramotoring, and the Free Flight (vol libre en fran�ais) scene in Wales and the rest of the UK.


Talgarth airfield is home to a small but active gliding club, set 970 feet above sea level in the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains halfway between Hay on Wye to the east and Brecon to the west. Black Mountains Gliding Club


Ryder Cup  For those with a passion for golf, there's only one place to be in September 2010. The Celtic Manor Resort on the outskirts of Newport in South Wales. Why? The best reason in the golfing calendar of course. The magnificent Ryder Cup.

Golf in Wales


Horse Riding in the Brecon Beacons The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has been awarded the BHS Access Award for the National Park most active in opening up equestrian routes. A perfect riding resort with spectacular scenery, wealth of wildlife and some of the best riding in Europe. Close to excellent road & rail links, yet a world away from the bustle of urban life.

Kayaking and Canoeing
Brecon Beacons National Park offers a rich diversity in waterways for paddlers, from the fast flowing white water of the River Usk to the tranquil calms of Llangors Lake and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Perhaps the most famous of the Park's rivers is the Wye


If you enjoy walking, then you�ll love Brecon Beacons National Park.
You can stroll through sleepy valleys, wander alongside sparkling lakes and reservoirs or hike across some of the most spectacular scenery in southern Britain. For the less energetic, you can just amble along the canal to the next pub and back!

Beacons Bus
Have a car-free day in the hills and bring your bike too!
Beacons Bus is finished for 2007 but will restart again from the end of May until September 2008. It runs on Sundays and Bank Holidays in the summer months from a variety of places in South Wales and Herefordshire taking you up into the National Park to return that evening.


Snowdonia National Park


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Why do people come to Snowdonia National Park? Really for the great outdoors experience such as walking, cycling, breathtaking scenery, bird watching and wildlife. The standard of paths is good and trails are well signposted.

Walking in Snowdonia from the Snowdonia National Park web site. This is an excellent resource for outdoor enthusiasts.


Llanberis Path
Distance - 4 miles (8 miles return)

This is the most popular of the tourist routes up Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), and at five miles, is also the longest. In summer conditions, it is one of the easiest paths; but in winter, the upper reaches of the path can be very treacherous.

Snowdon Ranger Path
Distance - 3.5 miles (7 miles return)
This path, one of the easiest up the mountain, is named after John Morton, the self-styled �Snowdon Ranger�, who used to live in what is now the Youth Hostel at the beginning of the path

PYG Track
Distance - 4 miles (8 miles return)
This path, which starts at 1,170 ft. (359m.) is one of the most rugged and challenging routes up Snowdon. In winter, when there is snow and ice on the ground, it is a route best left to the experienced and properly equipped walker.

Miners Track
Distance - 4 miles (8 miles return)
The Miners� Track to Llyn Glaslyn was built during the last century to serve the Britannia Copper Mines. Abandoned in 1917, it is said that in the mine�s heyday, Arthur Lockwood, who used to be the manager of the Pen y Gwryd Hotel, drove his car along the track all the way to Llyn Glaslyn. The track to the lake is still almost a road, and though eroded in some places, nevertheless provides an exciting and safe mountain walk for people with little experience of mountains.


Rhyd Ddu Path
Distance - 4 miles (8 miles return)
This is one of the easiest and probably the least used of the main paths up Snowdon. It passes through some beautiful mountain scenery


Watkin Path
Distance - 4 miles (8 miles return)
The path is named after Sir Edward Watkin, the Victorian railway tycoon, entrepreneur, dreamer and Liberal M.P., who retired to �The Chalet� in Cwm y Llan; and is a monument to his ingenuity and philanthropy. Constructed in stone by his workmen, the route to the summit was originally passable by horse-drawn carriage as far as the quarry.


Tŷ Nant Path
Distance - 3 miles (6 miles return)
The Pony Track from Tŷ Nant is the main footpath up Cadair Idris from the Dolgellau side of the mountain. It is a reasonably safe and easy route, which also offers the most rewarding views.


Minffordd Path
Distance - 3 miles (6 miles return)
At about 3 miles, this is probably the shortest footpath up Cadair Idris; although it involves the greatest ascent (2,850ft, 869m).


Llanfihangel y Pennant Path
Distance - 5 miles (10 miles return)
This is the easiest of the footpaths up Cadair Idris, but at over five miles, it is the longest. The Pony Track runs from Llanfihangel y Pennant over the hill known as Tyrrau Mawr, and down the other side to Tŷ Nant. It was probably the most direct way for parishioners to get to Dolgellau, their local market town and seat of quarter sessions.

The Mawddach Trail
Located in the Southern end of the Snowdonia National Par this fantastic traffic-free trail follows the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. It is considered to be one of the best trails in the UK.

For those who prefer to meander then there are links to these walks  -
Bridges and Rivers, Craig y Fron Walk, Branwen, Precipice Walk, Glyn Aran Walk,
Torrent Walk, Gwelfor Walk, Tomen y Mur Walk, Cwm Idwal Walk, Abergwynant Woods, Llanfachreth. More details


Since 1896, visitors from around the world have travelled on Snowdon Mountain Railway. Trains scale the highest mountain in England and Wales(1085m) where Snowdon boasts dramatic landscape and scenery. This unique railway is one of the most popular visitor attractions in North Wales. The Summit of Snowdon, at 3,560ft (1085m), is the highest mountain in England and Wales



Whether you're a visitor or a resident, we want you to make the most of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

It is Britain's only truly coastal National Park, covering 240 sq miles (620 sq km) of spectacular landscape around Wales' south-western shore. The National Park contains a wide variety of superb beaches

The islands were named by the Vikings who sailed along this coast in the 8th to 10th centuries, though Caldey and Ramsey have older Welsh names reflecting early Christian tradition. The islands were inhabited far back in prehistory, and most were farmed well into the 20th century. Today, many are nature reserves and all but Caldey are uninhabited, apart from wardens and volunteers. Caldey, Skomer and Ramsey are the easiest to visit, with daily boat trips from the mainland between Easter and October, but others can be seen at close quarters from a passenger boat.



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Snowdonia Woodland - pic thanks to SNP

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Most of the pics are thanks to SNP

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