The dramatic landscape of the Welsh Borders encompasses the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, and is of sweeping views and of rugged escarpments, mountains and untamed moorland. See panoramas that stretch into the distance and take your breath away.
Lying to the east of the Beacons is the Wye Valley, hailed as the most romantic valley in Wales. Ancient woodlands on the valley sides have created a haven for wildlife, with varied species of trees, wildflowers and birds. Visit Tintern Abbey, the romantic 13th-century ruins that inspired Wordsworth and Turner. Explore Monmouth, famous as the birthplace of Henry V, who won the battle of Agincourt. A few miles to the southwest is Raglan Castle, with a hexagonal moated keep. On the other side of Monmouth is the Forest of Dean, a 40-sq-mile (105-sq-km) former royal hunting ground criss-crossed by trails. The Borders’ most famed destination is Hay-on-Wye. Its many book shops have helped make it the biggest second-hand book centre in the world.
There are three circular tours to discover and enjoy the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful Elan Valley, as well as the Wye Valley’s stunning beauty and chequered history between the ancient clans and Kings.
Highlights of the Welsh Borders & Brecons
- Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park
- Discover the beautiful Wye Valley
- Wander around the ruins of the extraordinary Tintern Abbey
- See the magnificent Raglan Castle
- Stroll around Hay-on-Wye, the ‘town of books’
- Drive across the Abergywsen Pass and up the Devil’s Staircase
- See the unusual Devil’s Bridge
- Enjoy some spirited driving along the Elan Valley