Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (pronounced ‘ban-aye bruch-ein-iog’) and known informally as ‘the Bannau’, was previously known as the Brecon Beacons, officially changing its name in 2023 to celebrate the region’s unique Welsh culture, language and heritage. Bannau means ‘peaks’ and Brycheiniog refers to the old kingdom of Wales’s fifth century ruler, Brychan. One of only three national parks in Wales, this living landscape, with magnificent mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, rushing waterfalls, amazing wildlife, friendly communities and great local produce, has plenty to offer, including lots of space and limitless outdoors activities! The Bannau covers approximately 520 square miles of South and Mid Wales. Defining the park are the highest mountains in southern Britain; the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) and the three ranges surrounding them. At their heart, is Wales’s largest expanse of open hill common, where indigenous Welsh mountain ponies are found. To the south are limestone pavements, while the west is a region of tilted rock, waterfalls and caves, at Fforest Fawr, designated a UNESCO Global Geopark. The night skies are also an International Dark Sky Reserve, the only one found in Wales. See the area’s industrial heritage in Blaenavon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only three hours from London and an hour from Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, this is a holiday destination not to be missed.