Books, maps and other things to look at, training opportunities for businesses…
Artist Sandra Masterson has worked with the Geopark on several occasions. You can view her latest piece ‘You, Me and Peat’ on YouTube – this short film compares town life and sustainability issues in our uplands. Why not visit her blog on this art/science collaboration in the Brecon area?
Sandra’s previous works include the Geoterrace at Craig-y-nos Country Park and an exhibition, ‘Space to Place’ which drew large numbers of visitors to Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery in 2012.
Visit the downloads page for the chance to download a variety of audio-trails and podcasts at Henllys Vale and around Waterfalls Country.
Displays & Exhibitions
The Waterfalls Centre at Pontneddfechan is a one-stop introduction to Fforest Fawr Geopark. Its two floors tell the stories of Waterfalls Country, the wider Geopark and its international context. Open seven days a week through the summer and at weekends between October and Easter.
National Park Visitor Centre
A small display features the main rock types of Fforest Fawr Geopark and an interpretation of the panoramic views from the ’Mountain Centre’ near Libanus.
Black Mountain Centre
See the series of old maps and aerial photos in the centre at the heart of Brynaman. It features colourful aerial shots of the surrounding area and highlights a long history of human influence on this landscape from quarries to tramways and trackways.
Take a look at our twice-yearly newsletter bringing you up-to-date with what’s happening in the area. The latest edition is winter 2013.
Several training days for businesses are held in the National Park each year in partnership with Medrwn. Generally free to local tourism businesses.
Brecon Beacons Ambassador Scheme
A very popular ’Ambassador Scheme’ operates within the Brecon Beacons National Park. As you’d expect, a number of elements relate to the Geopark and its attractions. More information is available on the National Park website.
Fforest Fawr Geopark Ambassador Scheme
Those tourism operators who have been enrolled as National Park Ambassadors are eligible to take the Fforest Fawr Geopark Ambassador training. The first seven tourism business-people gained their Geopark Ambassador certificates in early 2013. Two more courses are being run in Autumn 2013/spring 2014. Please contact the Geopark Development Officer for more information.
‘A picture paints a thousand words’ — the same can be said for maps which are in effect a picture of the landscape. There are a range of maps available covering Fforest Fawr Geopark:
Most people will be familar with Ordnance Survey maps — the key to exploring the countryside on foot or otherwise. Other mapmakers offer similar ‘topographic’ maps too, and at a variety of scales. Find out what’s on offer.
Looking at an old map can reveal what changes have taken place in an area over 50 or 100 years or more — utterly fascinating to see railways come and go, quarries and reservoirs appear and towns and villages expand. Buy one secondhand, inspect a library copy or buy a modern copy of an old map. See what’s available.
What’s that rock? Why do those valleys line up? Questions like these can often be answered with a map showing the underlying geology. The British Geological Survey have been publishing maps for over 150 years — take a look at what they’ve got for this area.
Books and leaflets
A few books, booklets and leaflets which explain what’s going on! Take a look at this list of geology guides — find the one that meets your needs.