Welcome to the Fforest Fawr Geopark

A cracked and crumpled layer-cake of rocks, 480 million years in the making. A landscape sculpted by ice then transformed by man – a witness to the birth of the Industrial Revolution.  Just a few of our stories . . . . .

Fforest Fawr (the name translates as ‘Great Forest’ in English) is a swathe of upland country which was included within the Brecon Beacons National Park when it was designated in 1957. These uplands lie at the heart of the Geopark although it extends beyond them to include much surrounding countryside.

Start your exploration of the Geopark by dipping into these pages:

  • Understanding - information on the area’s geology, wildlife, archaeology, legends, history and much more.
  • Enjoying - ideas for places to see and things to do when visiting.
  • Looking after - how the area is protected and how you can help.
  • Education - the Geopark is a first-rate outdoor classroom.
  • What’s on - details of walks and talks and other events coming up – including the annual Fforest  Fawr Geopark Festival
  • Fforest Fawr Geopark News — a twice yearly newsletter for the area.

Photography © BBNPA/British Geological Survey/Nigel Forster/Philip Veale/Alan Bowring