Under 11s Go Free

4-Night Brecon Beacons Family Walking Adventure

Boy in the national park of Brecon Beacons, Wales
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3

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.

What’s included

  • 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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Brecon Mountain Railway

Distance:  miles (5½km) 

Total ascent: 320 feet (100m) 

In Summary: 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 a small museum. Later in the afternoon we return by train to Pant station.  

Highlight: The ride on this excellently maintained steam train which delivers you into the heart of the national park. 

 

Option 2 - Mountain Railway & Cwm Callan

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 660 feet (200m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us on the narrow gauge railway to Torpantau where we follow a forestry track. 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.

Highlight: Look out for Red Kites sailing on the thermals high above this picturesque pair of reservoirs.

Option 3 - Mountain Railway, Pen y Fan & Corn Du

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In Summary: 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 the small village of Libanus.

Highlight: The stunning views from the high point of today's walk, Pen y Fan. The highest summit in the Brecon Beacons.

Option 4 - The Mountain Railway & 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 - Pen Y Crug

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)

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: Look out for Pen Y Fan in the distance in all its majesty, if the weather is favourable. 

 

Option 2 - Tretower & Crickhowell

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 920 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 Tretower Court - a fine 14th Century manor house, and its attractive garden.

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

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

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 4 - Black Mountains

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

In Summary: A fine circular walk from Crickhowell bagging two classic tops, Table Mountain and Sugar Loaf. We descend from Table Mountain to Llanbedr village and follow a pretty stretch of the Grwyne Fechan valley before a gradual ascent of Sugar Loaf. We return to Crickhowell along grassy slopes, quiet tracks and lanes.

Highlight: a double selfie opportunity at these two big summits.

 


Option 1 - Clyro & Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Total ascent: 530 feet (160m)

In Summary: Starting in Llowes we’ll walk above the famous Baskerville Hall looking down on Hay-on-Wye to the village of Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: After a relaxing walk, explore the array of second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, or enjoy an ice cream along the banks of the river.

 

Option 2 - Wye Valley & Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: A circular walk along the River Wye to the village of Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: After a relaxing riverside walk, explore the array of second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, or enjoy a pint in one of the town's pubs.

 

Option 3 - Twmpa, Hay Bluff & Offa's Dyke to Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,030 feet (620m)

In Summary: This walk heads onto the Black Mountains escarpment to Twmpa or Lord Hereford’s Knob. We then cross the road at Gospel pass to Hay Bluff before taking the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight Lord Hereford's Knob!

 

Option 4 - Black Mountains North Ridge

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (670m

In Summary: From Pengenffordd we pass Castell Dinas (12th century castle remains on an Iron Age site) before going up the Dragon’s Back ridge and on to the escarpment towards Twmpa. We then follow the route of the Medium Walk into Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: We'll discover a hidden stone circle on the descent to Hay.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Brecon Beacons Family Walking Itinerary Map

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. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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.

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).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Premium’ 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 ‘Classic' rooms are en-suite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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 and drying room, indoor swimming pool, extensive garden, conservatory, 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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Getting to 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
2021
25 Oct - 29 Oct 2021
4 Guided Family Walks £609 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes

Important Information

Maximum 3 free child places under 11 years per full paying adult on UK country house stays.

Family rooms are subject to availability. Sole occupancy charges may apply. 

Children 11+ please enquire at time of booking for pricing.

Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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