Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Forest Fawr Geopark, Wales, UK

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_740

This geopark is located in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales and covers an area of 763 km2. It became a global geopark in 2005 and was the first geological park in the United Kingdom. The park administers the Carreg Cennen Castle, Craig-y-nos National Park, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Black Mountain, Peny Fan, the Brecon Mountain Railroad and the National Park Reservoir. The main geologic relics include traces of ancient oceans, movements in the mountains, sea level and climate change during the last ice age; and also waterfalls, caves, and peaks. The park preserves traces of the ice age from 2 Ma to 12,000 a. The people in this area started using stone tools very early. During the industrial revolution, people here used limestone to make fertiliser and developed iron smelting skills.

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