Brecon County Show
Enjoy a great day out at the Brecon County Show. As well as spending time at the show, you will also have spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons in their glory..
The Brecon Beacons range, in its truest sense, is a series of mountains to the south of Brecon. There are six main peaks: from west to east these are: Corn Du (873 m or 2864 feet), Pen y Fan, the highest peak (886 m or 2907 feet), Cribyn (795 m or 2608 feet), Fan y Big (719 m or 2359 feet), Bwlch y Ddwyallt (754 m or 2474 ft) and Waun Rydd (769 m or 2523 ft). These summits form a long ridge, and the sections joining the first four form a horseshoe shape around the head of the Taf Fechan river, which flows away to the south-
The Brecon Beacons are said to be named after the ancient practice of lighting signal fires (beacons) on mountains to warn of attacks by invaders, or more recently to commemorate public and national events such as coronations or the Millennium.
The round of the Taf Fechan skyline forms a popular ridge walk commonly known as the 'Beacons Horseshoe'. Many other fine walks exist in this part of the National Park.
Farming in the Brecon Beacons
The landscape of the Brecon Beacons is dominated by farmland. Whether as enclosed lowland pastures or the wide open moors and heaths of the uplands, the nature of the National Park is one of agricultural production across the land.
This agricultural use began long ago as the first settlers arrived and began to plant crops and domesticate animals. The first farms were across the uplands, as most parts of the lowlands were too wooded or wet to make agriculture practical. Signs of these first farmers can be seen as the old settlements, cairns and even field boundaries that exist in the uplands.
Farming today is vastly different than is was for these early farmers. The most intensive agriculture occurs in the lowlands, where the removal of large areas of woodland has created pastures on fertile soils.
Brecon County Show App