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The Beacons' Way Guided Trail

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Duration: 10 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 5

The Beacons' Way is a beautiful eight day trail through outstanding scenery across the Brecon Beacons National Park. It traverses three mountain ranges - The Black Mountain, Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain. There is much of interest to enjoy along the route and your reward will be the satisfaction of completing one of the least walked, most spectacular trails in Britain.

Holiday Highlights

  • Complete one of the least walked, most spectacular trails in Britain
  • Traverse three mountain ranges - The Black Mountain, Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 8 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

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100 miles with 10-15 miles and up to 4,300 feet of ascent in a day.

The summit of Skirrid has the foundations of a ruined chapel (dedicated to St Michael) and great views of the Black Mountains. We circle the northern end and cross the Hereford road to climb Hatterrall Ridge. After a short stretch alongside the Offa’s Dyke path we take a long gradual descent to Llanthony Priory in the beautiful Ewyas Valley.

10½ miles (17km), with 2,640 feet (800m) of ascent

We go steeply up to the Gadair Ridge, turn south to reach the “stone of vengeance” and descend to the ancient Partishow church. From here it’s a short steep climb up Crug Mawr where we drop to cross the Vale of Grwyney and skirt the flanks of Pen Cerrig Calch and Table Mountain and descend to Crickhowell village below.

12½ miles (20km), with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent.

Climbing to a grassy track around the western side of Pen Cerrig Calch we enter a beautiful ‘lost’ valley. Passing through Cwmdu the climb of Cefn Moel reveals Llangorse Lake (of TV Timewatch fame). We drop down into Bwlch (‘pass’ in Welsh) before crossing the River Usk to finish at the pub in Llangynidr.

12 miles (19km) with 2,800 feet (850m) of ascent.

Our most mountainous day. We pass beneath Tor y Foel to join a minor road high above the Talybont reservoir. After sharing a section of the Taff Trail, The Beacons’ Way now changes character abruptly and we begin with a very steep climb up Craig y Fan Ddu. Now deep in mountain country we follow spectacular escarpments to summit Fan y Big, with its famous ‘diving board’ rock. There are stunning panoramic views here. Ahead is Pen y Fan, the highest point in southern Britain at 2,907ft (886m) which we reach via a tough ascent from Bwlch gr y Fan (on the route of an old Roman Road). From here the nearby ‘twin’ peak of Corn Du is an easy stroll. There is then a long descent to reach Storey Arms.

14 miles (22.5km) with 4,300 feet (1,300m) of ascent.

A day without any walks programmed, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area independently

We tackle the remote mountain and high moorland country around Fan Fawr. Having looked over the abyss below Craig Cerriggleisiad we turn south for a gradual ascent of Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia before descending to join Sarn Helen (Roman Road). We pass an old Roman Camp and the standing stone of Maen Madoc; cross Nedd Fechan (River Neath) and head across the limestone and millstone grit country of Penwyllt. We pass by lovely limestone pavements and drop to Craig-y-nos.

14 miles (23km), with 2,500 feet (750m) of ascent.

The Carmarthen Fans are on the northern edge of Black Mountain. The escarpment, which we spend most of the day on, is over 4 miles long; we climb it by the flank of Allt Fach to walk on the crest of Pen Hir to look down on Llyn y Fan Fawr (large mountain lake) to reach the summit of the range at Fan Brycheiniog – 2,613ft (802m). After the huge triangular plateau of Fan Foel with awesome views in all directions, we turn west looking directly along to the outstanding Picws Du & Bannau Sir Gaer which overlooks another lake - the legendary Llyn y Fan Fach (little mountain lake). Skirting the cliffs around the lake we turn north to drop down by Carnau Llwydion.

10 miles (16km), with 3,280 feet (1,000m) of ascent

This area is remote and it is a demanding day. Our first target is the Carreg yr Ogof top and then the summit of Garreg Las 2,100ft (630m). The millstone grit boulders here require careful walking. A faint path reaches Foel Fraith past more shake holes en-route. The ascent up to Garreg Lwyd is relatively gentle and we then go to the Bronze Age cairn at top of Pen Rhiw-du, then on to Carn Pen-y-clogau and down to the old Brynaman to Llangadog turnpike road. There’s a twisting track down into the chasm in front of Castell Carreg Cennan and a short climb to the car park.

14 miles (22.5km), with 3,000 feet (920m) of ascent.

An easier day to finish! We visit the castle (Cadw - Welsh Heritage - entry £4.00). Built on older foundations the existing castle is 13/14th century. We also pass two huge Iron Age hill forts, Carn Goch and Y Gaer Fach. Bethlehem is the official end of the walk, though we continue to Llangadog where we can relax and enjoy a well earned drink!

10 miles (16km), with 1,225 feet (370m) of ascent.

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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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