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Time ran out on my 2016 South Wales trip so Breacon Beacons was bypassed. I fixed that the following year, bus-ing it from Swansea to Brecon via the impressive Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves - August 2017.


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wales2000The Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves are a 1hr15min bus ride north of Swansea, just inside the Brecon Beacons National Park


wales2007The site is comprised of three caves - the Showcave, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave - along with lots of model dinosaurs - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves


wales2003The Angel is one of several formations created by water minerals seeping through rock. But you can't see her face - mysterious! Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves













wales2013Never heard of Deinosuchus before, a skull of which measured 1.5m. Pretty big! Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves














wales2035A pterodactyl (I'm guessing) flies above a waterfall in the cave grounds - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves


wales2025The main draw in the Cathedral Cave is the pair of 20m waterfalls - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves


wales2029The illuminated exit of one of the waterfalls. The Showcave and Cathedral Cave are impressive and only 30mins from Brecon town, so make a trip - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves



















wales2031Take the steps up to Bone Cave for a view of Brecon Beacons National Park. Plus some dinosaurs of course - Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves














wales2032Love the smoke-billowing volcanoes! Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves


wales2037Just a few km south of the caves is Henrhyd Falls















wales2044It's accessible via a steep walk from a National Trust car park near Coelbren - Henrhyd Falls















wales2046A big appeal is the chance to walk behind a waterfall. By the way there's several other waterfalls further east at Ystradfellte, in an area known as Waterfall Country - Henrhyd Falls


wales2048Standing behind Henrhyd Falls


wales2056St Mary's Church in the centre of Brecon














wales2058Brecon Cathedral is set on a hill on the northern edge of Brecon















wales2060As its name suggests, Brecon is a useful base to explore the greenery and waterfalls of Breacon Beacons National Park


wales2062The River Usk flows through Brecon


wales2064 On the right, overlooking Honddu River, is the 11th century Brecon Castle, now a hotel - Brecon















wales2071Take a canal cruise at the start of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal - Brecon














wales2086In season Dragonfly Cruises operate 2.5hr trips, taking in a canal lock and an aqueduct over the River Usk - Brecon


wales2083Passing hay fields on the canal cruise - Brecon


wales2087The Town Hall and high street at Abergavenny















wales2089 A Gorsedd stone circle synonymous with the Eisteddfod, a Welsh cultural festival - Abergavenny














wales2091Another St Mary's Church, this one with Tithe Barn to the right, which serves as the town's Tourist Information Centre - Abergavenny


wales2097On the left are the ruins of the 11th century castle, with what I think is the peak called Blorenge - Abergavenny


wales2098And I reckon the hill on the left is known as Sugar Loaf - Abergavenny















wales2116A short drive east of Abergavenny is the 15th century Raglan Castle - Raglan


wales2105Climb the Great Tower for sweeping views of the countryside - Raglan


wales2107The village of Raglan nestles amongrolling hills. Centre-left is the Church of St Cadoc - Raglan














wales2119A dragon stands outside The Beaufort Hotel - Raglan




















wales2120The bus from Raglan to Newport passes through the main square at Usk



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