The Brecon Beacons National Park is situated in the southern half of Wales and offers a variety of water based activities at Llangorse Lake and Pontsticill Reservoir. For those seeking an active day out there are plenty of opportunities for sailing, canoeing, fishing and climbing.
The landscape of the Brecon Beacons is regarded as one of the most important geological areas in Europe. For example, the Fforest Fawr Geopark within the National Park was awarded membership of the prestigious European Geopark Network and given UNESCO Global Geopark recognition.
Llangorse Lake is the largest natural lake in South Wales. There are facilities for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing, windsurfing, water skiing and fishing. Visitors can launch their own craft for a fee and there are canoes, sailing dinghies, windsurfers and rowing boats for hire. For the fishing enthusiast there are pike, perch, bream, roach and eels to be caught. Permits are available from the Lakeside Shop. An Environment Agency licence is also needed for coarse fishing and migratory trout. These are available from most post offices. Fishing is only allowed by boat.
The lake also has a Visitor Centre which has an Iron Age theme. There is a tearoom in the centre serving hot and cold meals. There are also toilets including disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. The Visitor Centre has a gift shop which has a range of souvenirs and some essentials for Brecon Beacons National park visitors such as maps and walking socks.
Pontsticill Reservoir also has sailing and windsurfing by arrangement with Merthyr Tydfil sailing club. The Brecon Mountain Railway stops at Pontsticill Reservoir and visitors can join the train here for a journey through other parts of the National Park.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is in a mountain locality and if you are travelling by road please note that there are steep inclines and narrow country roads.
If you are travelling by rail there are two railway stations which offer good access into the Brecon Beacons National Park are Merthyr Tydfil (connection from Cardiff) and Abergavenny (connection from Newport, Hereford, or Shrewsbury).
From both stations further access to the National Park can be made by following planned walks or by bus.
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