Welcome to Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark – but not just now!

A cracked and crumpled layer-cake of rocks, over 470 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 . . . . .


The Geopark and the wider Brecon Beacons National Park are CLOSED.

PLEASE – in accordance with Government advice, avoid un-necessary travel as the coronavirus pandemic develops. DO NOT TRAVEL from afar to get here – instead, enjoy fresh air and exercise on your own doorstep, wherever that may be. Your visit would normally be welcome but at the moment it risks putting further strain on stretched local resources and puts your health and that of others at risk.  The Geopark will still be here in 2021!

And, wherever you are, you must practice ‘social distancing‘ – it may save your life and that of others. Keeping at least 2m from other people applies in the countryside as much as the town.

Access to popular hills and other sites around the Geopark has been CLOSED for an indefinite period in accordance with Welsh Government advice. Further information on the National Park website.

All gated car parks on National Park Authority, National Trust and Natural Resources Wales properties across the Geopark and the rest of Wales are locked shut from 23 March onwards. Please stay close to home!

Welsh Government advice on coronavirus

Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark is set within the Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales. It comprises the western half of the National Park, stretching from Llandovery in the north to the edge of Merthyr Tydfil in the south, from Llandeilo in the west to Brecon in the east.


Fforest Fawr (the name translates as ‘Great Forest’ in English) is a swathe of upland country which was included within the National Park when it was designated in 1957. These uplands lie at the heart of Fforest Fawr Geopark, itself established in 2005, although it extends beyond them to include much surrounding countryside. In fact the Geopark’s 300 square miles / 763 km2 include mountain and moorland, woods and meadows, towns and villages, lakes and rivers and a great deal more besides.

A part of the European Geoparks Network for 14 years, Fforest Fawr Geopark is now also one of the 147 members of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network, formally established on 17 November 2015.

  • 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

Once you know a bit more you’ll be ready to visit us. Now, getting here is easy!

We regret that due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival (Sat 23rd May – Sun 7th June) has been CANCELLED this year.  We hope to see you in 2021. More advice for visitors on coronavirus at Visit Wales.

Visitors should be aware that the Waterfalls Centre at Pontneddfechan is now CLOSED. Information on Waterfall Country can be found at the nearby Cwm Porth and on the wider Geopark at the National Park Visitor Centre (‘the Mountain Centre’) at Libanus near Brecon. We are working during 2020 towards establishing a new ‘Geopark Discovery Point’ at Craig-y-nos Country Park in the upper Swansea Valley by early 2020.

Fforest Fawr Geopark marks International Day for Disaster Reduction on Sunday 13th October

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