VISIT | Discover the Historic Welsh Town of Brecon | Powys
The gateway to the Brecon Beacons full of character and history
A town of uniquely Welsh extra-ordinary history
Something for everyone - industrial heritage, canal walks, riverside distractions and stunning views
Take a wander, take a seat, take in the canal boats as they come and go, take a pint
"...the Welsh character and riverside setting..."
I should really call it Brecknock. Brecknock of Brecknockshire. For that was before - before Brecon, Breconshire and Powys. And to be frank - its old name, probably reflects the character of this small Welsh market town. A town which is more than worthy of an afternoon, a day or days depending on mood and time available. For this is a place where distractions can keep your interest; where around every corner there is another point of curiosity.
Brecon has its roots in the river Usk which slumbers through it. A pretty wide river more known in the Welsh south, but where here in Brecon, you could spend a rather pleasant walk along the Promenade, past the trees and old town and onwards...
If you venture on up, along the steeper lanes, out the residential back of this town - gold glistens. The views. The views are stunning. A quiet slice of the Welsh mountains. The Brecon Beacons. And for those who are intrepid, of hard walking stock - the Cambrian Way - the long distance walking path can take you onwards to a discovery of much more of the beautiful mountains of Wales.
There is an overwhelming and important link between Brecon and the British Army. A history of pivotal battles and conflicts. A relationship that can only exist between a place and the men of that place who leave to fight in foreign lands for something more than themselves. For Brecon - that history is with the Royal Welsh Regiment - formerly, and more commonly known as the disparate regiments such as the South Wales Borderers and the 24th Regiment of Foot. The barracks remains an everpresent cornerstone of this stone.
But for a more moving and fascinating discovery, head up to the Brecon Cathedral. It is well worth a walk from town (up hill) but other methods of transport are available. The cathedral, manned by knowledgable volunteers, offer not just a look at an ancient building with a clear ecclesiastical past, but a memorial to their military heroes. The Havard Chapel. Significant because it demonstrates not just their past, but its ongoing relationship. For this is a chapel for now. Marvel and wonder at this place, for Brecon, really does on close-up reveal some rather undiscovered and unknown secrets.
Directions and Map |
Find Brecon off the A40 and A470 in mid-Wales