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Penderyn is a small village on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, but it is also home to what is rapidly becoming one of the most prestigious single malt distilleries in the UK. Opened by the Prince of Wales only a few years ago, this unique single distillation whiskey is now, according to Wetherspoon Chief Executive John Hutson, "..proved such a hit with customers that it is now the number one selling malt whisky in Wetherspoon pubs." A tour of the distillery's excellent visitor's centre is cheap at £5 per adult admission, with group, pensioner and student discounts. This price includes a tasting of two Penderyn products - they also produce a gin, vodka and Baileys-style cream liqueur called Merlyn.
For lovers of the outdoors, the spectacular and rugged Beacons National Park needs little introduction. Furthermore, just a short drive along the A4059 from Penderyn is the turning to the Ystradfellte caves and waterfalls. Here the so called Lightning River disappears underground at Porth Yr Ogof and reappears in a series of four beautiful waterfalls, the most stunning of which is Sgwd Yr Eira - Snow Waterfall - whose white waters cascade over the precipice so forcefully that it is possible to walk comfortably along the rockface behind the Fall and observe it from underneath without getting wet. There are manned carparks at either of end of a clearly mapped Forestry Commission walk.
Pen Y Fan is the highest peak to climb, but along the ancient Cwm Cadlan valley, as well as further afield, there are fantastic walks and birdwatching to be had. Sky larks, pole cats, wild horses, woodpeckers and many more species can be seen in the area.
This part of Wales is crossed by a necklace of reservoirs that supply the whole of the UK with water but are also popular with anglers at all times of year. Fishing licenses are easily obtained from the local Post Office or angling shop. The area is also popular with wild swimmers and for canyoning.