2. HISTORIC BEACONS
This tour visits some of the most important historical sites of the Brecon Beacons National Park, including the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, the Brecon Gaer Roman Fort, Brecon's link to the Zulu war with its Cathedral and Regimental Museum, Llangorse Lake which contains the only Crannog in England and Wales where the King of Brycheinog used to reside, Tretower Court and Castle which was famously the gathering place for the Welsh Archers of the Battle of Agincourt.
The tour starts at your accommodation place within the National Park or at Abergavenny railway station (allowing you to do it as a day trip from several UK cities including Cardiff and London).
Available every day. Duration: 10 am - 5 pm
Number of places: 2 - 7
Blaenavon Ironworks in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
My great great grandfather, E.P. Martin who used to be the General Manager of the Blaenavon Ironworks.
The Big Pit National Coal Museum, part of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
Part ofY Gaer Roman Fort near Brecon
The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh
Medieval Tretower Court where the Welsh Archers for the Battle of Agincourt assembled.
Blaenavon Ironworks - This is part of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site is very special to me because my great great grandfather used to be the general manager, later he managed the nearby Dowlais Ironworks which were the largest in the world at that time.
Big Pit National Coal Museum - Also part of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. There is plenty to see above ground but you can also join an underground tour and really get a sense of what it must have been like for the miners.
Llangynidr Mountain - Here we get some of the best views in the National Park and learn about sink holes and dolines.
Y Gaer Roman Fort - This fort near Breconwas built in Ad 75 and sits on a cross roads of Roman roads that went along the Usk Valley and those that linked Mid and South Wales.
Havard Chapel in Brecon Cathedral - Brecon Cathedral started life as the Benedictine Priory of St John the Evangelist in 1093 and was built by the Normans soon after they conquered Brychieniog. It became a Cathedral in 1923 when the Diocese of Brecon and Swansea was created. Inside the Cathedral is the Havard Chapel where the Colours that were rescued from the Battle of Isandlwana in the Zulu War. My grandfather was the last man to parade these Colours through Brecon before they were permanently hung up on display.
Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh - The regiment who defended Rorke's Drift were based at Brecon and later became the South Wales Borderers. At this battle 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded more than in any other British military engagement as 150 men held out against 3,000 to 4,000 Zulus. Join me for a tour of the museum which as well as having an exhibit on the Zulu War has an exhibit on the Second World War which features my own grandfather who commanded the 6th Battalion South Wales Borderers in Burma.
Llangorse Lake - This lake has so many stories. It is the largest natural lake in Wales and was formed in the last Ice Age, it was the site of a Crannog a Palace belonging to the King of Brchieniog and it is a great place to see wildlife.
Tretower Court - Was attacked by Owain Glyndwr in the 15th Century and was later the meeting place for the Welsh archers who left to fight the battle of Agincourt in France.
Crickhowell- This charming town has a castle that dates from 1121, a seventeenth century stone bridge and a neolithic chambered tomb.
Transportation is in our comfortable and spacious 8 seater 4wd Mazda Bongo mpv
TRAVEL TO ABERGAVENNY BY TRAIN TO JOIN THIS TOUR
Monday - Saturday times below:
(Sunday train travel also possible )
Included in the Tour
Lunch - a luxury homemade picnic provided by Beeton for Time Catering.
Guiding - From a qualified Geologist (M.Sc.), a mountain leader and National Park Ambassador.
Not included in this Tour
Entrance to Tretower Court and Castle. Adult - £4.75. OAPs, children and students - £3.60
Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh entrance: £4 adults, £3.50 OAPs, students and children.