Crooked Valleys and Dragon Breath: The Brecon Beacons, Wales

Crooked Valleys and Dragon Breath: The Brecon Beacons, Wales

Moss-covered mountains, swirling mist and snow-shrouded hills: a snapshot of the Brecon Beacons from season to season.

don’t have to travel far in the UK to find a beautiful
landscape. Just over an hour from Bristol lies the Brecon Beacons
National Park in South Wales; 520 square miles of mountains,
forests, valleys and lakes. The national park covers three distinct
ranges, the Black Mountains in the east, the central Beacons, and
the brooding Black Mountain in the west.

In the centre of the park rises the highest peak in southern
Britain, Pen-Y-Fan Mountain, ancient and worn smooth having formed
beneath glaciers in the Ice Age. The moss-covered mountains swirl
mist like clouds of dragon breath over the peaks and into the
crooked valleys of sandstone carved out by meandering rivers.
Mountain lakes form like giant soup bowls providing an upland
habitat for wildlife. In the summer, fluffy white cotton grass
covers the tops of the hills while the faint sound of skylarks
drifts over the breeze.

When autumn and winter are quiet here; brave the mountains in
the snow for an eerily silent experience, or strain your ears and
you might hear the soft patter of snowflakes as dark heavy clouds
hang over the shoulders of the hills.

The green coats of the mountains in summer are spectacular, but
it isn’t until the hills are under their snowy shrouds in winter
that you get to see the truly moody and majestic colours of the

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