The Brecon Beacons National Park protects an upland area of moorland, waterfalls and lakes and is designated an International Dark Sky Reserve. The area has a wonderful selection of walking options from level walks on high ridges to more challenging walks ascending the ‘Fans’ (peaks). There are gushing waterfalls (one of which you can walk behind!), impressive caves and even fossilised seabed, high in the hills. Walks take place in and around the park, ranging from easy strolls alongside rivers and past cascading waterfalls to more serious treks including to the top of Pen-y-Fan, South Wales’ highest peak. The Brecon Canal is a reminder of the area’s industrial heritage while ruined castles tell of bygone struggles for power.
FAMILY FUN AT NYTHFA HOUSE
- Toast marshmallows around a fire
- Burger & hotdog night
- Walk behind a waterfall
- Play croquet on the lawn
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...
- Visit Big Pit Mining Museum
- Explore Dan yr Ogof Show Caves
- Ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway
- Dinas Rock
- Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall
- Brecon Canal
- Tretower Castle
- Full Board en-suite accommodation.
- Max guests in house: 57
- Family rooms: 7
- A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
- All transport to and from the walks
- Free Wi-Fi
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Option 1 - Waterfalls
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Total ascent: 70 feet (20m)v
In Summary: Starting at the site of the old water mill at Pont Melin-fach we amble down river and past an amazing series of waterfalls, including the spectacular Sgwd Gwladus (Lady’s Fall) finishing at Pontneddfechan.
Highlight: Look out for wagtails and possible even Otters as you wander along the river banks.
Option 2 - Behind the Water
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Total ascent: 1,310 feet (400m)
In Summary: Entering the Afon Hepste gorge we have an exciting opportunity to walk behind the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall before viewing the cave at Porth yr Ogof. Then across to the Nedd Fechan and its dramatic series of waterfalls to Pontneddfechan.
Highlight: Trying not to get wet walking behind the waterfall!
Option 3 - Mines and Waterfalls
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)
In Summary: Starting at Dinas Rock we go down to a spectacular gorge and mine and then up along the side of Dinas Rock and across country to Sgwd yr Eira where we walk behind the waterfall. Up through the forestry above the waterfalls on the Afon Mellte and then across country to get to the Neddfechan river with its own amazing waterfalls including the Sgwd Gwladus (Lady’s Fall) to finish in Pontneddfechan.
Highlight: watching the climbers on Dinas Rock.
Option 1 - Tawe Valley
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)
In Summary: The Tawe Valley has lots of fun for such a short walk that takes in the Craig Y Nos country park with its super ponds and meadows, and finishes with an optional visit to the fabulous Dan yr Ogof show caves.
Highlight: Dragonfly spotting by the ponds
Option 2 - Fan Brycheiniog
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,400 (425m)
In Summary: We ascend wild country to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level, then up to Bwlch Giedd and across wild moorland. A gradual descent, generally following the Afon Giedd, takes us to where the river disappears underground at Sinc Giedd and then over broken ground to Carreg Goch. Then across moorland to join the main drovers trail down to Tafarn y Garreg.
Highlight: The site of a wrecked Vampire Aircraft.
Option 3 - Western Fans Traverse
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 2,000 (600m)
In Summary: Up to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake and then around this with a steep ascent onto Fan Foel and along the spectacular Bannau Sir Gear ridge. A gradual descent southwards to pick up the old drovers trail to where the Giedd river disappears underground. Continuing over broken ground to Carreg Goch. Finally we cross wild moorland with numerous sink holes to end at 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.
Pretty country pile Nythfa House stands above the traditional mid-Wales market town of Brecon and sits within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Having spent its early life as a large private house, the building has been converted into a comfortable country hotel. The interiors look like they’ve evolved naturally over time, staying rooted in the local area and house architecture while being filled with contemporary furniture and colours. As well as 28 rooms and a range of public spaces and an inviting indoor pool to tempt you, there are pretty grounds and a short walk to the streets of Brecon itself. The contrasting countryside close by provides challenges including sweeping ridges, an ascent of the Black Mountains and scaling Pen-y-Fan as well as more subtle strolls through the river-carved landscapes of the Melte Valley, along the trail of a series of awesome waterfalls, or time dawdling through the second bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of garden rooms across the grounds. With 28 rooms, Nythfa House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Opt for Rooms 6 or 7 in the main house for delightfully decorated, spacious places to stay, each with sumptuous views over the garden and Brecon Beacons. Room 21 is a quirky ‘Better’ room up in the eaves, with a separate sitting space and cosy bedroom, just mind your head on the low ceiling. Look out for the fresh floral designs in the pretty garden rooms too, which have their own small deck.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, indoor swimming pool, lounge, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring cascade country or the Beacons, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty garden to pause in, with a putting green and croquet lawn attached. Duck into the conservatory to enjoy views out over the gardens from under the twisting branches of an old vine. Across the way in a separate building is a good-sized indoor swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Whether you relax in the lounge, or get together with other guests for a board game or great conversation, make sure to make time for the cosy bar, and try a dram of award-winning whisky from the local Penderyn distillery, which uses water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s also a Welsh gin that’s wonderfully well regarded.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Nythfa House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. Make a beeline for the big bay window table to try Cawl Cennin, a leek broth, served with a Welsh Rarebit finger, followed by Tatws Pum Munud, a sort of Welsh stew, or double roasted Welsh lamb. The kitchen offers up an Asian influence as well courtesy of the towns Gurkha community, and you might enjoy Nepalese momos (dumplings) or fillet of sea bream marinated with Nepalese spices for an alternative take on local tastes. Whatever, round your evening off with South Wales marmalade sponge with lashings of Penderyn whisky custard.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
- Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
- Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
- Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
- Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
- Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
- Rucksack with a waterproof liner
- Thermos flask for hot drink
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
- Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
- Small torch
- First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
3 nights from £399pp
Under 18s GO FREE
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