This April, from the 4th to the 19th, it’s Visit National Parks Week. Here at USW, we’re extremely lucky to be situated just south of the stunning Brecon Beacons. Wales also has two other national parks; Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Everyone knows that being outside is good for us. We are built to breathe fresh air and move. With the challenges we have all faced of late, this has never been more important. Our screen age, fast moving lives are great in so many ways, but they can also make us yearn for big skies without a wall in site.
The national parks are just this. Seeing something awe inspiring from a screen is never the same as being there, feeling the wind and the sun for yourself. If we are lucky enough to have the weather on our side that is! They give us so much and are so important for our environment. Wild open spaces are critical for biodiversity and carbon management alike.
All three of our Welsh national parks have a distinct character.
The Brecon Beacons mix the dramatic sweeping faces of Pen y Fan with the stunning waterfalls of Fforest Fawr and the more gentle rolling countryside of the surrounding hills.
Snowdonia has all the drama you could want from a mountain range, with Snowdon, Tryfan and Cader Idris amount the most stunning of British peaks. There are also beautiful coastal areas to explore, in a range that really does have it all.
The Pembrokeshire Coast is something entirely different again, being Britain’s only coastal National Park. Every sort of combination of sea, land and sky can be found here, making it a playground for many different activities.
So why not get out and visit one of our National Parks this April? There’s always something new to explore out there.