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How to get to Kite Country

By Air

Cardiff Airport, situated some 12 miles to the South-West of the city centre, is linked with most of the major British airports and also has daily flights to and from Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and Dublin. There are good bus links into the city, where other connections can be made. Both Hertz and Europcar car rentals are represented at the Airport. For more information start at the extensive Wales site. Alternatively, try VisitBritain.com.

By Rail

Cardiff is also the most convenient point of arrival for train travellers, with frequent, fast connections to London (Paddington). There is also a direct service from Cardiff to London (Waterloo), where train connections to Europe can be made. Direct, fast services are also available to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and the seaports of Southampton and Portsmouth. For more information try Trainline, BritRail and Wales and Border Trains . From Cardiff you can connect to the Valley Line service to Merthyr Tydfil, at the Southern edge of Kite Country. Here a bus service will take you to Brecon. Another alternative is the Heart of Wales Line from Swansea to Llandovery on the Western boundary of Kite Country. Although this train only runs about every four hours, it does eventually make its way to London (Euston) via Shrewsbury and Birmigham - slow but somewhat more scenic. Lastly, trains also connect London with Abergavenny via Newport, thereby taking you to the Eastern side of Kite Country.

By Bus

National Express bus services provide frequent connections between London (Victoria) and Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, from where you can connect with the trains mentioned above and other local bus services. On Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays during the Summer, special Beacons Bus services run between the cities of Cardiff, Swansea and Hereford and various centres throughout Kite Country. For more information contact the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

By Car

To be perfectly honest, if you want to make the most of a visit to Kite Country you are going to need your own car. If you need to hire one see the entry for Cardiff Airport above. Driving in Kite Country is very relaxed, although many of the roads are extremely narrow. Some are very steep and there are unexpected challenges such as flocks of sheep in the middle of the road. However, this all adds to the enjoyment of the landscape. To make the most of any tour you should definitely purchase one of the large-scale Ordnance Survey maps and/or touring guides, as ordinary road atlases will not show the roads you really want to take.

Alternative Modes of Transport

Of course, if you are fit and have plenty of time, the very best way to see Kite Country is on foot. The long-distance footpaths are particularly well-organised and you will find some more details of these on the Countryside Council for Wales site. Cheap bed and breakfast accommodation is available everywhere, especially in the numerous farmhouses, and you can easily spend a few weeks making your way around in this fashion. The Ramblers Association produces a good guide to accommodation and I have also included a few ideas on my Links page. Alternatively, bring your bicycle or hire one at the many shops that specialise in this sort of thing in the area, such as Bi-Ped Cycles in Brecon. Mountain biking is extremely popular in Kite Country and you will find a great deal of information about cycling in Wales on the excellent Cycling Sideways site.

More Tourist Information

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17th century road bridge at Llangynidr
17th C Llangynidr bridge
Buggy at Brecon Show
Buggy at Brecon Show