Breacon Beacons

brecon-beaconsAnother example of the Great Little Trains of Wales destinations is the Brecon Mountain Railway.

This line takes its travellers on a great and exciting run from just north of Merthyr Tydfil on through to the very famous Brecon Beacons National Park.

One of the most amazing parts of the trip is the visit to this national park. The Brecon Beacons while being a majestic national park with incredibly diverse wild life and fauna has derived much of its fame due to another famous icon of the British Isles the famed and feared S.A.S.

The S.A.S or Special Air Service Regiment is considered by many of the worlds “tier one operators” such as the american Navy Seals and Green Berets, the Swedish Grom and even Canada’s JTF II as the granddaddies of all special force units in the world.

The training regimen that these venerable warriors have established over the years is the litmus test that all others try very hard to emulate and one of the most storied parts of that training regimen is the hike through the Brecon Beacons.

This “hike” is not for the faint of heart though as the trainees are forced to march for many days through the mountains and valleys of the Brecon Beacons with nothing but their wits and a massively heavy “Bergen” or back pack loaded with gear.

Many of the tourists who come to enjoy the train ride through the Beacons do so knowing that they are seeing the place that is considered the birth place of what is commonly considered the finest warrior in the Western armies, the S.A.S Regiment member.

If you are heading to Wales in the near future be sure to put this trip on your list of must see’s as the trip itself is incredible and knowing that you get to see areas that the stout members of the “Regiment” trained in is just an added bonus!