FFOREST FAWR GEOPARK (United Kingdom)
The Fforest Fawr Geopark is located in South Wales, UK, in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
The Geopark’s 480 million year geological heritage involves evidence of mountain building, the greening of the land during the Lower Devonian from 415 million years ago, followed by Carboniferous shallow tropical seas and equatorial forests associated with the formation of limestone and coal, and a landscape sculpted by ice and rivers during the last 26,000 years.
The Geopark’s importance in the history of geology is ensured by the globally recognized terms Llandovery and Silurian named for a local town and the Celtic Silures tribe who inhabited the area during Roman times. Legislation ensures that geology and nature are protected within 37 areas.
Nearly 8000 years of human activity created a cultural landscape in which ancient monuments contrast with a legacy of 200 years of industrial activity including quarries, limekilns, tramroads, canals, coal and silica mines. Weathered and overgrown these relicts of an industrial age are an integral part of the geopark’s beautiful and dramatic landscape. The rich culture of the geopark’s early inhabitants comes to life in myths and legends linked to wooded valleys, caves, lakes and misty mountain tops.
The Geopark provides recreational opportunities throughout the year. Visitors can obtain information, purchase maps and guides to walks and geotrails from six centres, situated mainly in local communities and enjoy a friendly reception.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States