by Laura Hodgkinson This good looking, modern walking book will take you on ten short circular themed walks across South Wales' ever-popular Brecon Beacons National Park. The Brecon Beacons was Britain’s 10th National Park, established in 1957 to preserve and highlight the unique landscape of the area. The Brecon Beacons are said to be named after the historical practice of lighting beacons of fire upon hilltops to forewarn neighbouring valleys of invasion. The Brecon Beacons cover 1,344 square kilometres / 519 square miles with it’s spectacular waterfalls, valleys and expanse of hilly terrain; the Black Mountain to the west, the Fforest Fawr Geopark, Waterfall Country and the Pen y Fan range at the centre, and The Black Mountains to the east. The variety of flora and fauna is as vast as the landscape. Rare sub-arctic, alpine plants thrive within this unique climate. Mammals you're likely to spot include include wild mountain ponies, horseshoe bats, otters and water voles. Often seen birds of prey include the buzzard and iconic red kite. It's a wonderful area for walking and for everyone with a love of the outdoors.