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3 Night Brecon Beacons Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £439pp £258pp

Cherished for its mix of grass-covered uplands, old red sandstone rocks, heather-clad plateaus, deep caves, brooding peaks, old industrial mines, waterfalls, and wildlife, Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) National Park covers 520 square miles. Our guided walking holiday showcases all that’s great and good about one of the most beguiling landscapes imaginable.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the diverse landscape of the Brecon Beacons on foot
  • Soaking up views of mountains, moorland, and glistening waterfalls
  • Staying within easy distance of some of the area’s show-stealing spots
  • Spending time with like-minded people in the great outdoors
  • Finding new routes and places to explore with your HF Holidays Leader
  • Relaxing at Nythfa House on the edge of the market town of Brecon

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders
  • Choice of up to three different-grade daily walks
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

See Dates, Prices & Trip Note tab to check which itinerary is running

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Tretower & Crickhowell

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: We walk from north of Cwmdu to Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a contouring path across farmland leading to the wooded Cwmbeth Brook valley and Crickhowell

Highlight: Soak up the history of the area and explore the attractive market town of Crickhowell.

Option 2 - The Lonely Shepherd, Craig y Cilau and Llangattock

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: 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.

Option 3 - Waun Fach and Black Mountains Ridge

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

In summary: We ascend the Dragon's Back ridge past the 12th Century Castell Dinas to the summit of Waun Fach, the highest peak in the Black Mountains, before descending to a saddle with views down to the remote Grwyne Fechan valley. We eventually reach Crickhowell via a long, grassy ridge and Table Mountain. 

Highlight: The long grassy ridges of the Black Mountains offer a sense of peace and tranquillity. 


Option 1 - Llyn y Fan Fawr

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (250m)

In summary: Walking along moorland ascending to Llyn y Fan Fawr (lake of the big peak), which lies at nearly 2,000ft above sea level, beneath Fan Brycheiniog, the highest peak in the Black Mountain range. We'll then descend gradually along the foot of the escarpment of the Fan Hir towards Tafarn y Garreg.

Highlight: This less visited part of the national park has views towards central Wales, and is one of the wildest regions of the country.

 

Option 2 - Llyn y Fan Fawr & Fan Brycheiniog

Distance: 7.5miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: We’ll walk the same route as Option 1 to Llyn y Fan Fawr, then ascend to the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog. We follow along the top of the Fan Hir escarpment and descend along the ridge to our finish point at Tafarn y Garreg.

Highlight: This less visited part of the national park has views towards mid Wales, and is considered to be one of the wildest regions of Wales.

Option 3 - Western Fans Traverse

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,700ft (820m)

In summary: We head up to Llyn y Fan Fawr corrie lake and then around to Llyn y Fan Fach. Walking along the spectacular Bannau Sir Gaer ridge we take in the summit of Picws Du and Fan Foel. Next up is the summit of Fan Brycheiniog, before our gradual descent southwards along the Fan Hir escarpment to Tafarn y Garreg.

Highlight: That 'on top of the world' feeling, walking along the Bannau Sir Gaer ridgeline high above and beyond the corrie lake.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


 

See Dates, Prices & Trip Note tab to check which itinerary is running

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Tretower & Crickhowell

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: We walk from north of Cwmdu to Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a contouring path across farmland leading to the wooded Cwmbeth Brook valley and Crickhowell

Highlight: Soak up the history of the area and explore the attractive market town of Crickhowell.

Option 2 - The Lonely Shepherd, Craig y Cilau and Llangattock

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: 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.

Option 3 - Waun Fach and Black Mountains Ridge

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

In summary: We ascend the Dragon's Back ridge past the 12th Century Castell Dinas to the summit of Waun Fach, the highest peak in the Black Mountains, before descending to a saddle with views down to the remote Grwyne Fechan valley. We eventually reach Crickhowell via a long, grassy ridge and Table Mountain. 

Highlight: The long grassy ridges of the Black Mountains offer a sense of peace and tranquillity. 


Option 1 - Canal, Aqueduct & River Usk

Distance:  6.5 miles (10km)

Ascent: 100 feet (30m)

In summary: Follow the Canal tow path east out of Brecon, then across country to join the River Usk back into the town. 

Highlight: Bags of canal history including a sturdy stone aqueduct over the River Usk.

Option 2 - Fan Brycheiniog

Distance:  miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In summary: Ascend wild country to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a beautiful corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level. We ascend to the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog as we follow the escarpment of the Western Fans, then a long ridge descent to Tafarn y Garreg.

Highlight: This less visited part of the national park contains sweeping ridges with great views north over Mid Wales.

Option 3 - Western Fans Traverse

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,700ft (820m)

In summary: We head up to Llyn y Fan Fawr corrie lake and then around to Llyn y Fan Fach. Walking along the spectacular Bannau Sir Gaer ridge we take in the summit of Picws Du and Fan Foel. Next up is the summit of Fan Brycheiniog, before our gradual descent southwards along the Fan Hir escarpment to Tafarn y Garreg.

Highlight: That 'on top of the world' feeling, walking along the Bannau Sir Gaer ridgeline high above and beyond the corrie lake.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Nythfa House

Not many places in the UK outshine Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) National Park when it comes to wide open spaces and soul-stirring views. So it’s easy to see the appeal of this charming property that plays a harmonious host to those seeking respite in the Welsh market town of Brecon. You’ll also be within easy distance of some of the area’s show-stealing spots, including the Black Mountains, the Mellte Valley, and Pen y Fan - the highest point in the national park at 886 metres. Equally visit-worthy is the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales in Abercrave, and the bibliophile’s paradise that is Hay-on-Wye. Should time allow, Hereford and Cardiff are both an hour’s drive away.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Nythfa House has 31 well-appointed guest rooms available in three categories: Classic, Premium, and Superior. 

Classic rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses. 

Superior rooms are even more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses. 

We love: Rooms 6 and 7 in the main house both have gorgeous views across the garden and the Brecon Beacons. Room 21 is up in the eaves and has a separate seating area (please be mindful of the low ceilings). The garden guest rooms are very pretty and have their own small deck.  

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments. 

Room supplements

Superior Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£25 pppn £20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Nythfa House

 

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Getting to Nythfa House

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address

Nythfa House
Brecon
Powys LD3 7NN

Tel: +44 (0)1874 624287

By train

The nearest station is Abergavenny, from here you can take a bus or taxi to Brecon (see details below).

Check National Rail for train times and routes. 

By taxi

The 21-mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes 40 minutes to one hour.   

For pricing, please contact A&A Cabs directly.

A&A Cabs
You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended company, A&A Cabs*. We recommend booking your taxi at least seven days in advance by contacting:

Tel: +44 (0)1874 622288
Email: aandabrecon@yahoo.ie

A return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the HF Holidays House Manager at Nythfa House.

*A&A Cabs is not owned or managed by HF Holidays.

By bus

The X43 bus operates from Abergavenny station to Brecon and takes about an hour. The most convenient bus stop for Nythfa House is the bus interchange in Brecon.  

For bus times check Traveline. 

By car

The A40 from Abergavenny and the A470 from the northwest converge at a roundabout on the Brecon bypass.  

At the roundabout, follow the B4601 into Brecon. Turn right at the second mini roundabout, then go straight on at the traffic lights. Turn right into Mount Street, then take the second left into Belle View Road. At the top of the road, go straight ahead up the drive to Nythfa House. 

By air

The nearest airport is Cardiff. 

Catch the 905 bus service to Rhoose Railway Station bus stop. Take the train from Rhoose Cardiff International Airport to Cathays Station and walk 10 mins to Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station. From here take the T14 bus to Brecon. You’ll need to allow up to 3.5 hours.

An alternate option is to fly to Heathrow airport. Take a train to London Paddington Station, where there are trains to Abergavenny (with one change at Newport). Here you can take a bus or taxi to Brecon.

Check National Rail for train times.

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Nythfa House Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


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