A Case Study

We went for a walk, in the Brecon Beacons, starting at Llangorse lake.

The infrastructure there is good, a campsite, boat hire, kids holiday camp, public loos, an historic recreation of a ‘Crannog’, a bar, a large cafe, a shop… Llangorse lake is the largest area of natural water in the Brecon Beacons National Park and is used by anglers, boat enthusiasts, horse riders and dog walkers.


EVERYTHING was shut. Yep, even the loos.

If I owned all of that it would mostly all be open, the cafe doing a fine trade servicing locals and random visitors alike, the attractions and public loos open for visitors.

But whoever owns the various items listed, and it’s likely multiple owners, well, they couldn’t give a shit it seems.

We went on our walk and had a fine time taking in the common, Llangorse village, mountain and a circumnavigation of the lake – and we hope you like the video. But there was no cuppa at the end of the day as everything was still all closed up, and for the winter season, likely not to open until Easter…

What a shameful waste of resources and waste of opportunity to extend the season for tourism business’ be they activity or accommodation, in the area.

I’ve copied this to Brecon Beacons Tourism, not that they are up for much campaigning or development of services for visitors. They seem to be far more keen to remain in bed with the authorities that I assume fund them in some way.

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Walk leader @ Wales Outdoors, life model @ Cardiff Life Models and poet @ Self Published I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales. Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG. Join Me! for a walk or two :)