Christmas & New Year Walking at Brecon

Wales

Code: BRXFW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Free WiFi
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Christmas HolidaysHoliday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and carol evenings 
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included?

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Nyftha House in Brecon, Wales

Nythfa House is a charming Country House, located on the edge of the market town of Brecon. Spacious public rooms, attractive gardens and indoor swimming pool make it a popular and relaxing place to stay.

Nythfa House has 28 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in garden annexes.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV 
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
•Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Large upstairs lounge 
• Dining room and bar 
• Ballroom 
• Conservatory which looks out onto the garden
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Indoor swimming pool in a separate building 
• The house is surrounded by extensive gardens
• Putting green and croquet lawn
• Mini-golf

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Brecon evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Brecon accessibility

Additional Information 

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request. An under-pillow vibrating pad is available on request
  • A fridge is available in the first floor lounge for storing medication
  • Good signage for fire escape routes
  • One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff has had disability awareness training

Itinerary

Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 4 miles (6.5km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km).


Christmas – Festive Guided Walking

23 December 2017

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea from 4 pm onwards.


24 December 2017 – Christmas Eve

Today the easier and medium walks start from the Craig Cerrig-gleisiad Nature Reserve and hopefully offer panoramic views of the Beacons. We’ll head for the National Park Visitor Centre near the hamlet of Libanus, while the harder walk will head for the Tai’r Bull pub after reaching the top of Pen y Fan, the high point of todays walks.


25 December 2017 – Christmas Day

We'll build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with a selection of walks that all start and finish at Nythfa House. The easier walk follows the towpath of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, crossing the River Usk by a 200-year-old aqueduct. The medium walk will enjoy parts of the Taff Trail beside the River Usk, and the harder heads for the summit of Fan y Big before returning to Brecon.

When you return to Nythfa House there will be presents under the Christmas tree. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.


26 December 2017 – Boxing Day

Today’s walks east of Brecon track through the Black Mountains to finish at the thriving market town of Hay-on-Wye. The easier walk goes along parts of the River Wye valley, Clyro and back into this book lovers’ paradise. The medium walk and harder walks start out over Tregoyd Common, one contouring below an escarpment to pick up the Offa’s Dyke Path below Hay Bluff while the harder walk heads up the Black Mountains escarpment to Twmpa and arrives in Hay-on-Wye via the same path.


28 December 2017

All today’s walks finish in Crickhowell, the easier via Tretower with its renowned medieval court and castle, and the wooded Cwmbeth Brook Valley and the medium via South Wales' very own Table Mountain. The harder walk takes in the superb views of surrounding hills on a circular route from Crickhowell and Llangattock via the Lonely Shepherd, an isolated limestone pinnacle, left by quarryworkers, and the Craig y Cilau escarpment and nature reserve.


29 December 2017

Today’s walks are centred on Talybont on Usk. The easier walk starts at a viewpoint on the Usk Valley walk overlooking the Talybont reservoir and then follows the Taff Trail along a disused railway line and beside woodland, to the canal towpath which leads to the village of Talybont. The medium walk starts from Talybont itself, following an old tramway south above the reservoir. We skirt Tor y Foel and pick up the canal towpath back. The harder walk starts at Pont Blaen y Glyn and ascends through woodland before going up a steep path to Craig y Fan Ddu, then heads for Carn Pica and descends to Talybont.


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

31 December 2017 – New Year’s Eve

Today the easier and medium walks start from the Craig Cerrig-gleisiad Nature Reserve and hopefully offer panoramic views of the Beacons. We’ll head for the National Park Visitor Centre near the hamlet of Libanus, while the harder walk will head for the Tai’r Bull pub after reaching the top of Pen y Fan, the high point of todays walks.

 

In the evening join our fellow guests for a fantastic celebration dinner to welcome the new year – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.


1 January 2018

We see in the New Year on some superb local walks. The easier walk loops out to the north and then the northwest of Brecon, visiting Priory Groves – woodland on the site of old quarries which provided stone for Brecon’s castle and cathedral – and up to the strongpoint of Pen y Crug to visit its Iron Age hill fort. The medium walk enjoys parts of the Taff Trail beside the River Usk, and the harder walk heads for the summit of Fan y Big before returning to Brecon..


2 January 2018

Today’s walks east of Brecon track through the Black Mountains to finish at the thriving market town of Hay-on-Wye. The easier walk goes along parts of the River Wye valley, Clyro and back into this book lovers’ paradise. The medium walk and harder walks start out over Tregoyd Common, one contouring below an escarpment to pick up the Offa’s Dyke Path below Hay Bluff while the harder walk heads up the Black Mountains escarpment to Twmpa and arrives in Hay-on-Wye via the same path.

Local area

Discover the Brecon Beacons

During your stay at Nythfa House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Brecon:

Canal boat on Brecon canalBrecon is a quaint market town at the foot of the Brecon Beacons; an area of sweeping high moorland, and beautiful green valleys. The town has a good  range of facilities including shops, supermarkets, post office, chemists, banks, pubs and cafés. During your stay you may enjoy visiting Brecon Cathedral or take a scenic cruise from Brecon along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. www.breconcathedral.org.uk or www.dragonfly-cruises.co.uk

 

Visitors in hard hats exploring the mineBig Pit Mining Museum
Travel underground at the excellent Big Pit museum in Blaenavon and discover the life of a South Wales coal miner. Blaenavon is around 45 minutes' drive from Brecon. www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit

 

 

Hay-on-Wye
The quaint small town of Hay-on-Wye is about 30 minutes' drive from Brecon, and can also be reached by bus every 2 hours. The town is now famed for its annual literary festival, and extensive selection of second-hand book shops.

Hereford
Hereford is an attractive city, around an hour's drive from Brecon, whose cathedral houses the famous Mappa Mundi, a 12th century map of the world. www.herefordcathedral.org

Visitors walking through an impressive caveDan yr Orgof Caves
An impressive show-cave, one of the largest in Europe, with fine stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are around 30 minutes' drive from Brecon. www.showcaves.co.uk

 

 

Exterior of Tretower Court historic houseTretower Court
Located near the village of Crickhowell, about 20 minutes' drive from Brecon, Tretower Court is a fine Medieval fortified manor house. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

 

 

Cardiff
The vibrant Welsh capital of Cardiff is also around 40 miles or 1 hour’s drive from Brecon. A visit could include the St Fagan’s National History Museum, Castell Coch, or the National Museum. www.visitcardiff.com

 

Tretower Court image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government, Big Pit image ©Big Pit National Coal Museum

Travel

Travel to Brecon

Our address is: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient railway station is at Abergavenny. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 20 mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 45 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £36 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nythfa House Manager.

Bus

By bus:

The X43 bus operates from Abergavenny station to Brecon. Alight at the bus interchange in Brecon. Facing the road, head left along Heol Gouesnou to the traffic lights. Turn right heading uphill along Cerrigcochion Road for around 70 yards, and then turn left into Belle Vue Gardens. Head along the road and turn right at the T-junction (still Belle Vue Gardens). Head up the road to another T-junction and turn left into Cerrigcochion Lane. Walk for about 15 yards and you will see the Nythfa House sign on your right. For bus times see www.traveline.info

Driving to us

By car:

Most guests approach Brecon via the A40 from Abergavenny or the A470 from the northwest. These two roads converge at a roundabout on the Brecon bypass. At the roundabout follow the B4601 into Brecon. Pass the army barracks on your right, then turn right at the mini-roundabout (B4601). Continue ahead at the second mini-roundabout. Turn right at the traffic lights (B4602), then take the first left into Bell View Gardens. Take the next road on the right, then at the next T junction turn left. The drive to Nythfa House is ahead on the right.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are trains to Abergavenny (1 change at Newport) - allow 3 to 3½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Abergavenny you can travel on to Brecon by bus or taxi (see above).

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
27 Dec 2017 BRXFW - Festive Walking - Brecon 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 BRXFW - Festive Walking - Brecon 7 £919.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 BRXFW - Festive Walking - Brecon 3 £399.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2018 BRXFW - Festive Walking - Brecon 4 £665.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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