Brecon Beacons Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Brecon Beacons on foot

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland

Level

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  • 2
  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £335.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Discover a world of waterfalls, beautiful green valleys and superb mountain walks. The Brecon Beacons offer contrasting landscapes, from the peaceful grassy ridges of the Black Mountains, to the distinctive summit of Pen-y-Fan, and mighty cascades of the Mellte Valley.

Accommodation

4 star rating country house in Brecon

 

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. 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • 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

An example of Brecon evening mealAll 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

Your evenings

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

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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

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles.

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Bridge over the River Wye

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons

Walks are 3 or 4 miles, with up to 750 feet of ascent. These half-day walks are taken at a gentle pace. On some days we'll visit at an interesting town or place of interest, allowing plenty of time to explore. On other days we'll return early to Nythfa House to relax, with time to enjoy the pool and gardens.

Walks are 6 or 7 miles and have up to 1,100 feet of ascent. We'll include many of the area's highlights including the green Usk Valley, Hay-on-Wye, and the spectacular waterfalls of the Mellte Valley.

Walks are up to 9miles with up to 2,250 feet of ascent. There's an opportunity to stride out and enjoy a great selection of longer walks, with opportunities to reach the easier summits of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.

Black Mountains and Crickhowell

Available on: 15 Jun 2019

Option 1: Crickhowell, Llangattock and canal

crickhowell

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (60m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk based upon the lovely town of Crickhowell. We cross the picturesque Usk bridge to the canal which we follow for two miles passing the village of Llangattock then return through fields and a beech wood to explore Crickhowell with its shops, cafés, pubs and galleries. 

Don’t miss: Crickhowell has some great shops, cafes and art galleries to explore, including the tourist information centre which showcases local artists. 

Option 2: Cwmdu, Tretower and Crickhowell

tretower-castle

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

The walk in a nutshell: We walk from the village of Cwmdu to Tretower with its renowned medieval partially restored manor house and ruined Norman castle. We then follow a quiet road and fields contouring above the Usk valley and descend to Crickhowell with time to explore the town. 

Don’t miss: The Norman castle ruins at Tretower are perfectly situated high above the banks of the river Usk. The keep still stands tall although the majority of the castle is now ruined.

Option 3: The Lonely Shepherd, Craig y Cilau and Llangattock

BR Llangattock

Distance:  miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from the town of Crickhowell exploring the dramatic limestone escarpment and former quarries on the south side of the Usk valley. We visit an isolated rock pinnacle with its local legend before taking a contouring path below the towering cliffs and old quarries. We return to Crickhowell through quiet farmland and Llangattock village.

Don’t miss: The eerie landscape created by the spoil heaps of the disused quarries underneath the cliffs of Craig y Cilau, now painted green with grasses and wildflowers, reclaimed by nature.


Brecon Mountain Railway and Central Beacons

Available on: 16 Jun 2019

Option 1: Brecon Mountain Railway

pentwyn-reservoirDistance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our walk starts with a journey on a restored steam railway line from Pant to the top station at Torpantau. We walk on a forestry track high above Pentwyn Reservoir before descending to a tree-lined path beside Pontsticill Reservoir which we follow to Pontsticill station where there is a café and small museum. Later in the afternoon we return by train to Pant station. 

Don’t miss: The ride on this excellently maintained steam train which delivers you into the heart of the national park.

Option 2: Cwm Callan

potsticill-reservoirDistance: 5½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Our walk also takes us on the narrow gauge railway to Torpantau where we follow a forestry track which gradually ascends into remote Cwm Callan. The track follows the far side of Nant Callan and descends to a tree-lined path beside Pontsticill Reservoir which we follow to Pontsticill station where there is a café and small museum. Later in the afternoon we return by train to Pant station. 

Don’t miss: Look out for Red Kites sailing on the thermals high above this picturesque pair of reservoirs. 

Option 3: Steam Railway and Pen y Fan

Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons

Distance:  miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: After our journey on the steam railway to Torpantau we walk into the heart of the Central Beacons along an old drovers’ track which may have been a Roman road. We follow the Beacons Way around the imposing Cribyn mountain and ascend steeply on a recently improved path to the summit of Pen y Fan. We soon reach nearby Corn Du where we descend on an initially steep path which takes us across moorland and down quiet lanes to a welcoming pub at Libanus. 

Don’t miss: The stunning views from the high point of today's walk, Pen y Fan. The highest summit in the Brecon Beacons.


The Usk Valley and Western Fans

Available on: 18 Jun 2019

Option 1: Craig y Nos Country Park

craig-y-nos

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start our walk in the village of Penycae in the upper Swansea valley and pass Craig y Nos, a 19th century castle once owned by opera diva Dame Adelina Patti, the Madonna of her time.  We walk around the Country Park with its lake and tea room before continuing up the valley to Dan yr Ogof with an optional visit to some of the most spectacular show caves in Europe. 

Don’t miss: There are many impressive examples of ornamental tree species within the park, including walnut, acacia, mulberry and eucalyptus.

Option 2: Along the Usk Valley

Red kite

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

The walk in a nutshell: We start our walk four miles west of Brecon at the small village of Aberbran. We cross a pretty stone bridge and walk across fields and along a quiet road to Y Gaer, the site of a Roman cavalry outpost. We  follow a bridleway, sometimes muddy, to the western edge of Brecon and River Usk. We visit Brecon Cathedral and continue our walk through wooded Priory Groves and across playing fields to the House. 

Don’t miss: Wander through Priory Groves and explore Brecon's magnificent Cathedral.

Option 3: Fan Brycheiniog

The mountain of Fan Foel

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: We ascend wild country to Lynn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level, and continue along the base of the Western Fans escarpment to ascend steeply the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog. We descend steadily along the Fan Hir ridge before a steep final descent to the Tawe valley and refreshment at Tafarn y Garreg. 

Don’t miss: This less visited part of the national park contains sweeping ridges with great views north over Mid Wales.


Waterfall Country

Available on: 19 Jun 2019

Option 1: Sgwd Clun Gwyn

sgwd-clun-gwynDistance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: We visit Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall before walking over to the Nedd valley where we walk downstream passing a series of picturesque waterfalls.  We pass old silica mine entrances along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village with welcoming pubs and a café.  

Don’t miss: Look out for grey wagtails and dippers along the river edges as they search for flies and minnows above or amongst the fast flowing river channels.

Option 2: Waterfalls Country

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Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting near Ystradfellte we follow parts of the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their picturesque waterfalls, passing old silica mine entrances and finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village with welcoming pubs and a café. 

Don’t miss: The waterfalls of this corner of Wales are truly spectacular - particularly after a period of heavy rain.

Option 3: Sgwd yr Eira

The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting at the village of Penderyn we cross moorland on a good path before descending steeply on a rocky path to walk behind the Sgwd y Eira waterfall with steep steps up the far side of the gorge. We walk to Porth y Ogof to view the huge cave entrance and cross over to the Nedd Fechan valley which we follow down to Pontneddfechan on the same route as the Option 2 walk. 

Don’t miss: The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall is a real highlight; the path behind the cascade is a unique experience.


Above and around Hay-on-Wye

Available on: 20 Jun 2019

Option 1: Hay on Wye

Hay on Wye

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m)

The walk in a nutshell: We walk along an old railway line beside River Wye to The Warren common with a pebbly beach at a river bend. We walk back to Hay for a guided tour of the town centre with its many bookshops, cafés and galleries with an optional extension of the walk to Cusop, just over the border into England. 

Don’t miss: A gentle stroll along the banks of the winding river Wye.

Option 2: Hay on Wye and Clyro

Bridge over the River Wye

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (260m) 

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Hay with a fine section along the banks of River Wye before ascending across farmland to the village of Clyro. We return to Hay across fields for a guided tour of the town and time to explore the many bookshops, cafés and galleries. 

Don’t miss: Book-lovers may be lost for hours in the wonderful and many bookshops in Hay on Wye.

Option 3: Black Mountains

hay bluff

Distance:  miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: We walk from the village of Tregoyd where HF once had a House and pass below the escarpment to reach Hay Common below Hay Bluff. We take the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye with time to explore the many bookshops, cafés and galleries.

Don’t miss: The great views across the Wye valley from Hay Common. 

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).

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
14 Jun 2019 BRBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Brecon 3 £375.00 £335.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
14 Jun 2019 BRBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Brecon 7 £879.00 £779.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Summer OFFER Book Now
17 Jun 2019 BRBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Brecon 4 £529.00 £469.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £60 Per Person Book Now
1 Jul 2019 BRBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Brecon 4 £529.00 £469.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £60 Per Person Book Now
8 Jul 2019 BRBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Brecon 4 £529.00 £469.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £60 Per Person Book Now
15 Jul 2019 BRBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Brecon 4 £529.00 £469.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £60 Per Person Book Now

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