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A striking, hilly landscape made up of the Black Mountains in the east, the Central Beacons and (confusingly) the Black Mountain in the west, the Brecon Beacons National Park is very popular with walkers.

The hills are separated by deep river valleys and the uplands are dotted with peaceful lakes. It is also a great place for outdoor activities, with climbing, caving, gorge-walking, white water rafting and kayaking all available.

Several pleasant towns sit on the edge of the park and make good bases for exploring the landscape. The attractive town of Brecon gives good access to the central Brecon Beacons while little Crickhowell and lively Abergavenny are popular with walkers looking to explore the east side and the Usk Valley.

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