The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is delighted to partner with the Hay Festival to deliver a series of wayfaring walks and a writer in residence programme. The National Park exists to protect the natural beauty of the area, to help visitors enjoy and understand it, and to foster the wellbeing of local people.
With mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, lively waterfalls and vibrant communities, the Brecon Beacons National Park has so much to offer residents and visitors. It has a long and colourful history and a rich and varied mythology and culture. The Brecon Beacons is around 42 miles wide. It covers approximately 520 square miles of south- and mid-Wales, just west of Herefordshire, and includes parts of Powys, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire, Rhondda and Merthyr Tydfil. It gets its name from the Central Beacons, which dominate the skyline south of Brecon. They rise to 886 metres at Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain.