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The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of three national parks in Wales. Located in the south-east of Wales, it is centred on the range of hills named the Brecon Beacons, the highest of which is Pen y Fan (886m) which, together with the summits of Corn Du (873m) and Cribyn (795m), form a high-level ridge walk called the 'Beacons Horseshoe'. In the east is another distinct range of hills called the Black Mountains, and in the west is a remote region known (confusingly) as the Black Mountain. Most of the national park is moorland, with some forestry plantations, and pasture in the valleys. The whole park covers 519 square miles (1344 km²), from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the east.
Welsh mountain ponies may be seen grazing.
Due to its remoteness, parts of the parks are used for military training. The Special Air Service (SAS) is known for holding especially demanding and dangerous training exercises here.
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