THE BRECON BEACONS AND MID WALES
Many of the southern sections of the Brecon Beacons National Park actually lie within the area referred to as the Valleys, The Cynon, Neath, Swansea, Merthyr, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Fach and Fawr, and Torfaen valleys provide some of the best known heritage assets that the National Park lays claim to. One of the most visited areas lies within the Cynon and Neath valleys where the villages of Ystradfellte and Pont Nedd Fechan can be found, these are the starting points to visit some of the most impressive waterfalls in Wales, with the area often referred to as the Waterfall Country, So please forgive me if some of the waterfalls appear in the valleys section and vice versa, saying that there are plenty of spectacular waterfalls to fill both sets of pages.
The Beacons are the highest mountain range in southern Britain, more high moorland than high mountains, however, from the impressive and lonely escarpment of the Black Mountain in the West (the Carmarthen Fans) to the central peaks of the Beacons and Pen Y Fan, the highest point, and then onto the gentler but nonetheless spectacular isolated sentinels of the Black Mountains, which include the Sugar Loaf, Table Mountain, Ysgyryd Fawr and the Blorenge in the east, these high hills have all that it takes to qualify as mountains, especially the weather conditions as some of the photographs will testify to!
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