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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
from £549pp

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.

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


Option 1 - Explore the ‘Mon and Brec’ canal and River Usk

Distance:  5 miles (7½km)

Ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In summary: This gentle walk explores the canal which terminates at the canal basin next to the theatre. We stroll beside the canal, passing some old lime kilns, and return beside the picturesque River Usk.

Highlight: Enjoy the autumnal colours and perhaps the chance to wave at a barge as it floats past.

Option 2 - Pen y Crug & Priory Groves

Distance:  5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 800ft (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 3 - Cradoc

Distance: 9 miles (15½km)

Ascent: 1,300ft (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 1 - Slwch Tump & Brecon Cathedral

Distance:  4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

In summary: 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 - 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 3 - Y Gaer

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary: 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 - Pen y Crug

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In SummaryThis 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 - Cwm Oergwm

Distance:  9½miles (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 (22½km)

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. 


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


Option 1 - Brecon Mountain Railway

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)

Total ascent: 140 feet (40m)

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 2 - Steam Railway and Pen y Fan

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 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 - 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 - 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

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 - Hay Bluff

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 3 - Black Mountains 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 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.

 

Need to know

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

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

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 have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. 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. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

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 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 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, 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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Nythfa House

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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

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
26 Oct - 30 Oct
4 2020 Family Walking £549 Under 18s Go Free Trip Notes Enquire
2021
12 Apr - 16 Apr
4 Guided Family Walks £559 Available Trip Notes Enquire
25 Oct - 29 Oct
4 Guided Family Walks £609 Available Trip Notes Enquire

Important Information

Maximum 3 free child places per full paying adult. Child price up to 17 years. Sole occupancy charges may apply. Family rooms are subject to availability.

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

4 nights from £549pp

Under 18s GO FREE

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