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Brecon Beacons

Getting there & around

It takes three to four hours to drive to the Brecon Beacons from London, via Newport and the A4042 to Abergavenny.

Regular bus services to the national park towns are good, but few run on Sunday.

Buses X3 and X4 (1½ hours, at least hourly) travel from Cardiff to Abergavenny (the X4 via Merthyr Tydfil). Bus 39 (55 minutes, seven daily Monday to Saturday) runs between Hay-on-Wye and Brecon; and bus 63 (£6.10, 1½ hours, three daily Monday to Saturday) travels between Swansea and Brecon. For more information on bus services contact Traveline Cymru (0870 608 2 608; www.traveline-cymru.org.uk).

From late May to mid-September, on Sunday and Bank Holidays, the Beacons Bus (01873-853254; www.breconbeacons.org) operates several routes in and around the park. With a central hub in Brecon, the most popular services are the B1 from Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil (also known as the 'Bike Bus'; this has a trailer for cycles); B2 from Swansea; B5 shuttle from Brecon to the National Park Visitor Centre (Mountain Centre) and back; B8 from Abergavenny and B10 from Carmarthen. The services are subsidised and, as such, routes and timetables can change significantly from one year to the next. Call or visit the website for the latest details.

The leaflet Discover the Beacons - Take the Beacons Bus has full timetables.

The only train services available are Cardiff-Merthyr Tydfil (one hour, hourly Monday to Saturday, every two hours Sunday) and Newport-Abergavenny (25 minutes, at least hourly Monday to Saturday, every two hours Sunday).