Brecon

Of Norman origin, Brecon Castle (now a hotel) is seen here from the bridge over the River Usk.

An historic market town situated where the Usk and Honddu rivers meet.

OS grid ref SO 047286 (town centre)

Pedestrianised centre with museums, cathedral and remains of Norman castle.  Theatre situated at the western end of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.  Three Geotrails are available which explore the gorge of the Afon Honddu, the floodplain of the River Usk and the nearby hillfort of Pen-y-crug.

Geology

  • Old Red Sandstone (Devonian); St Maughan’s Formation
  • Quaternary; river gorge, floodplain, river terraces & alluvium

Maps

  • OS Landranger 160, Explorer OL12
  • Geological — BGS 1:50,000 ‘Brecon’

Guides

  • 3 Geotrails: River Usk, River Honddu, Pen-y-crug

Facilities

  • Shops, pubs, restaurants, Brecknock Museum (closed for refurbishment in 2012-2017), Theatr Brycheiniog etc
  • Numerous car parks, mostly pay & display.

Accessibility

  • Largely accessible, some hills

Transport links

  • By car — good access from A470 and A40
  • By train — nearest stations at Llandovery, Merthyr Tydfil and Abergavenny —see Traveline Cymru
  • By bus — see Traveline Cymru; X43, 63, 714 services run to/from Brecon
  • By bike — NCN 8 runs through here

Other Geopark attractions nearby