Things to See

Things to see

The National Showcaves for Wales Distance 2 Miles

There are many miles of natural limestone caverns under the mountains on both sides of the valley at Craig-y-Nos. Half a mile to the North-West of Craig-y-Nos Castle lies the National Showcave Centre for Wales.

Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary – Distance 3 Miles

Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary takes in and cares for unwanted primates. These may come from zoos, research labs and other sources, which are no longer prepared, or are unable, to continue caring for them.

Henrhyd falls
Henrhyd falls are a pleasant three mile walk from the Ancient Briton, on the stream known as Nant Llech at Coelbren in the Swansea Valley. They tumble 90 feet ( 28 metres ) into a steep sided valley which leads the stream to its confluence with the river Tawe at Abercrave.

Penderyn Distillery – Approx 20 Miles
Penderyn Distillery is the only distillery in Wales and one of the smallest in the world. One of the few remaining independent distilleries, Penderyn takes its name from the old Welsh village in which it is located and nestles in the foothills of the ancient Brecon Beacons mountain range.

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty famed for its breathtaking scenery, open moorland, clear rivers and tumultuous waterfalls.

Here we produce just one cask per day of the finest malted barley spirit, which, when matured, is recognised worldwide as one of the finest malt whiskies. The majority of our spirit goes into cask for ageing in our cellars. Minute quantities are diverted to craft our other award-winning products.
Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre opened in June 2008. This is the first time that members of the public will be able to visit the distillery and experience the distilling and bottling process.

In the Visitor Centre you can:

  • See an exhibition of the history of whisky making in Wales including the last genuine Welsh Whisky from Frongoch, near Bala, North Wales.
  • View the distillation process at Penderyn that was designed by Dr David Faraday, a descendant of famous physicist Sir Michael Faraday.
  • Have an opportunity to understand the use of water and wood in making whisky.
  • View of the bottling line and bottling process.
  • Relax in the tasting room and sample the spirits.
  • Visit our retail shop for purchase of Penderyn Spirits and merchandise.

Brecon Beacons Geopark

Where is the Geopark?

The Geopark is set within the Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales. It comprises the western half of the National Park, stretching from Llandovery in the north to the edge of Merthyr Tydfil in the south, from Llandeilo in the west to Brecon in the east.

Fforest Fawr (the name translates as 'Great Forest' in English) is a swathe of upland country which was included within the Brecon Beacons National Park when it was designated in 1957. These uplands lie at the heart of the Geopark although it extends beyond them to include much surrounding countryside.
In fact Fforest Fawr Geopark's 300 square miles / 763 km2 include mountain and moorland, woods and meadows, towns and villages, lakes and rivers and a great deal more besides.

Start your exploration of the Geopark with an exploration of these pages:

  • Understanding will provide you with information on all sorts of topics.
  • Enjoying will give you ideas for places to see and things to do.
  • The Looking after section describes how the area is protected and how you can help.
  • Education is for those who want to use the Geopark as an outdoor classroom.
  • What's on provides details of walks and talks and other events coming up – including European

Once you know a bit more you'll be ready to visit us. Now, getting here is easy!

Take the train!
The Heart of Wales Rail Line runs along the Towy Valley.

The Geopark is within easy reach of the stations on this line at Llandovery, Llangadog, Llandeilo and Ammanford. There are stations too at Merthyr Tydfil at the southeast corner of the area whilst Abergavenny to the east lies on the Newport to Hereford line. Consult National Rail Enquiries for details of services.
Or the bus!

There are several bus services which run through the Geopark. Consult Traveline Cymru for more information. Special Beacons Bus services operate through the summer and provide an excellent opportunity for walkers to get to know the area better.
You could come by car.

The A40 runs from Abergavenny to Brecon, then along the northern edge of the Geopark to Llandovery and Llandeilo. The A465 'Heads of the Valleys Road' runs along the southern edge of the Geopark from Merthyr Tydfil to the Vale of Neath. The western part of the Geopark is reached from the end of the M4 within 30 minutes.

But why not cycle?
The National Cycle Network is expanding all the time and there are several routes which link to Fforest Fawr Geopark. Do yourself and the environment a power of good – bike it!

Brecon – Distance 18 Miles
As the former county town of Brecknockshire, and an important regional centre, Brecon has a long history. It has a castle, a cathedral and an olde-world charm which visitors enjoy. The lovely river Usk flows through the town and there is a promenade with boating and playing fields along the river bank. The town of Brecon is synonymous with the Brecon Beacons, impressive mountains which dominate the local landscape. These give name to the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area specially designated for its outstanding natural beauty. The town is also now famous for its annual Jazz Festival. Brecon Jazz is an annual event and every August people come from all over the World to enjoy three days of non-stop jazz.

Hay-on-Wye -Distance 38 Miles
The little town of Hay (from the Norman French Haie – hedge or enclosure) on the banks of the River Wye is worth a visit even if you are not looking for old books. This is one of the few places in Britain comparatively untouched by the 20th century.

Motor traffic is low since most visitors park on the outskirts and enjoy walking the narrow streets and exploring the ancient architecture. Practically every shop is devoted to books and I've found the proprietors to be friendly and helpful. You don't have to be looking for rare first editions, there are plenty of shops where you can pick up reasonably priced modern books.

The slightly ruinous Hay Castle dominates the town and has a large old book department of its own. The town also boasts some interesting antique and print shops.

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