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4-Night Brecon Beacons Tread Lightly Guided Walking Holiday

Pen Y Fan
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Tread Lightly
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £449pp £384pp

We are all well-versed in ‘leaving no trace’ but now we invite you to join us in taking it to the next level with our new Tread Lightly walks. We have pulled together a series of spectacular walks which do not use transport, reducing our carbon footprint while still exploring the best landscapes that The Brecon Beacons have to offer. You will still enjoy the choice of three top-quality walks of different grades as well as the warm welcome of a HF country house, all with the added peace of mind that you are doing your part in protecting our incredible British countryside. Admire the finest scenery in south Wales on our Guided Walking holidays. Discover a world of beautiful green valleys and superb mountain walks. The Brecon Beacons National Park offers contrasting landscapes, from the peaceful canal basin of Brecon, to the distinctive summit of Pen-y-Fan, and historic Roman fort of Y Gaer.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on full day walks to discover the varied beauty of the Brecon Beacons on foot
  • Admire panoramic views of rolling countryside and valleys in this spectacular corner of Wales
  • Let a local leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about Welsh history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of Britain’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Slwch Tump & Brecon Cathedral

Distance:  4.5 miles (7km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

In summary:  A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. Head east to the site of the old fort at Slwch Tump, then south through the outskirts of Brecon to the River Usk. We follow the canal basin and the river to the promenade on the west of town, returning through the cathedral grounds to the house. 

Highlight: Gain the heights of Slwch Tump, once a defensive hillfort and the site of an ancient church dedicated to St Eluned, a Christian daughter of King Brychan

Option 2 - Llechfaen, Groesfford & the Brecon Canal

Distance:  7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary:  A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. We start our walk by crossing fields and meadows to the east of Brecon, before sweeping south to pass through the villages of Llechfaen and Groesfford. Following the tow path alongside the River Taff we return to the town centre, passing the Brecon Theatre on our way.

Highlight: Enjoy panoramic views of the Beacons from rolling pastures

Option 3 - Y Gaer

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary:  A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. We walk through rolling countryside, across fields, paths, tracks, country lanes and roads with some stunning views of the Brecon Beacons to the south, Black Mountains to the east and farmland to the north.

Highlight: Explore the remains of a Roman cavalry camp and taste award-winning ice cream as you walk back into Brecon


Option 1 - Along the Canal

Distance:  6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 300 feet (80m)

In summary: Follow the Canal tow path east out of Brecon to the village of Llanfrynach, 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 - Cradoc

Distance: 9 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: We walk along lanes and paths to the site of Y Gaer, a Roman marching fort, then continue to the pretty hamlet of Cradoc before ascending Pen y Crug to take in the panoramic views. We end our walk with a stroll through the grounds of Brecon Cathedral on route to the house. 

Highlight: Explore the remains of a Roman cavalry camp and a huge iron age hillfort with distant views of the Beacons

Option 3 - Fan y Big

Distance:  15.5 miles (24.5km)

Ascent: 2,450 feet (760m)

In summary: Start today’s walk by following the Taff Trail to the village of Llanfrynach. From here we ascend Fan y Big before returning to the Nythfa house on country roads and trails.

Highlight: Ascend Fan y Big with its cantilevered stone ‘diving board’ – a must for a photo


Option 1 - Pen y Crug

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: This walk takes you around the outskirts of Brecon and into some beautiful woodland before the short climb to the summit of Pen-y-Crug and the hill fort. You will then descend back into Brecon via Maen Du Well and on to the cathedral before returning to Nytfha house.

Highlight: Ascend this iron age hillfort with distant views of the Beacons and visit Brecon’s historic cathedral

Option 2 - Cwm Oergwm

Distance:  9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. We walk along the tow path following the Canal out of Brecon, before continuing south on the Taff Trail to the village of Llanfrynach. From here we cross the foothills of the Beacons, following lanes and paths back to the house 

Highlight: Explore the magnificent amphitheatre of Cwm Oergwm and the pretty village of Llanfrynach

Option 3 - Pen y Fan

Distance:  14 miles (22.5km)

Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

In summary: A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. Follow country lanes to the foothills of the Beacons where a steep climb brings you to the summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du with stunning panoramic views.  We return via the Tommy Jones memorial and follow the Taff trail back into town.  

Highlight: Scale Pen y Fan the iconic peak and the highest mountain in South Wales


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 31 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 spent dawdling through the second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 eight garden rooms or three single bed pool rooms across the grounds. With 31 rooms - including four on the ground floor - 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 from which to enjoy views of the gardens.

All ‘Good’ rooms are en-suite 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 and larger television. 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, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring waterfall 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. 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 Brecon Botanicals 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 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. Round your evening off with South Wales marmalade sponge with lashings of Penderyn whisky custard.

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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Essential Information

“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

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
28 Mar - 01 Apr 2022
4 Tread Lightly £449 £384 Save £65 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
02 May - 06 May 2022
4 Tread Lightly £555 £520 Save £35 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
27 Jun - 01 Jul 2022
4 Tread Lightly £555 £520 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
12 Sep - 16 Sep 2022
4 Tread Lightly £555 £520 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
17 Oct - 21 Oct 2022
4 Tread Lightly £525 £470 Save £55 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Tread Lightly
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

4 nights from £449pp £384pp

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