4-Night Brecon Beacons Outdoor Escapes Holiday

Sunrise in the Brecon Beacons
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Outdoor Escapes
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5

Experience the very best of the Brecon Beacons on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging, longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.

Holiday Highlights

Moment of the weekend

When you complete both an ascent of the national park’s mountains, ticking off the highest, Pen y Fan, and a waterfall walk, which are arguably the most scenic low-level walks in all of Wales. We’ll take you to the heart of waterfall country, where three rivers carve their way through soft rocks to form steep wooded gorges full of caves and cascades, including our pick, Sgwd yr Eira, where you can walk behind a huge curtain of water for a proper elemental experience. Still buzzing, it’s then time to go just around the corner to the Penderyn Distillery to discover how they’re bringing this water to life and winning awards for their Welsh single malt whiskey.

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Outdoor pool with a view
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • Celebration dinner on day 3
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks on day 3, plus an optional ride on a cliff railway

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

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: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 640 feet (200m)

In Summary: Visit Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall on the Afon Mellte, then it's across to the Nedd Fechan river to follow the path downstream though a series of waterfalls.

Highlight: The stunning Sgwd Clun-gwyn is one of three stunning waterfalls on this stretch of the Mellte river, a highlight of this picturesque walk.

Option 2 - Waterfalls & Distillery

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: Explore the Afon Mellte visiting the series of waterfalls at Sgwd Clun-gwyn and then walk behind Sqwd yr Eira waterfall before heading on to the distillery in Penderyn for a guided tour (payable locally).

Highlight: The experience of walking behind a waterfall without getting soaked!

Option 3 - Dinas Rock & Waterfalls

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

In Summary: The walk starts at Dinas Rock and goes cross-country, downstream to Sgwd Gwladus - ending in Pontneddfechan.

Highlight: The walk includes most of the main waterfalls in this part of the Beacons as well as a chance to visit the cave entrance of Porth yr Ogof.


Option 1 - Steam Trains and Sweeping Views

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: All our groups head out together today on the steam railway into the heart of the Brecon Beacons. From the end of the line, our walk treats us to sweeping views and a wonderful ridge walk with two beautiful reservoirs in the foreground, Pen y Fan on the horizon, and the rest of the Beacons surrounding us.

Highlight: A cuppa in one of the converted train carriages - now the cafe.

Option 2 - The Mountain Railway and Pen y Fan

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (560m)

In Summary: From the end of the line at Torpantau, we walk to the top of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, two of the summits at the heart of the Brecon Beacons, before descending to the cosy pub at Libanus.

Highlight: The stunning views over South and Mid Wales from the top of the high point of this National Park.

Option 3 - The Mountain Railway and the Four Tops

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (850m)

In Summary: Our linear take on one of the must-do hikes of the Brecon Beacons. Offering proper mountains, plunging waterfalls and stunning views, a well as a heritage steam train ride to start the day.

Highlight: A real high mountains hike, this walk takes in the four tops that make up the distinctive ridge-line of the Central Beacons.


Option 1 - Along the Usk Valley

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 520 feet (160m)

In Summary: Walk along the green Usk Valley from Aberbran to Brecon. Our route takes us across fields and lanes to the ancient Roman encampment of Y Gaer and then on to Brecon Cathedral, through Priory Groves and back to Nythfa House.

Highlight: Wander through Priory Groves and explore Brecon's magnificent Cathedral.

 

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 the Gwyn Arms.

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

 

Option 3 - Aircraft Wreck & Western Fans

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)

Total ascent: 1,800 (540m)

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. 


Nythfa House

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.

 

Rooms

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 £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

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 speciality Welsh potato dish, 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.

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Outdoor Escapes
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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