The Beacons' Way Guided Trail
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Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
Nythfa House is a charming Country House, located on the edge of the market town of Brecon. Spacious public rooms, attractive gardens and indoor swimming pool make it a popular and relaxing place to stay.
Nythfa House has 28 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in garden annexes.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request. An under-pillow vibrating pad is available on request
- A fridge is available in the first floor lounge for storing medication
- Good signage for fire escape routes
- One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff has had disability awareness training
Day 1: Arrival Day
Day 2: Holy Mountain (Skirrid) to Llanthony Priory
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. 10.4 miles (16.7km), with 2,640 feet (800m) of ascent.
Day 3: Llanthony Priory to Crickhowell
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. 12.4 miles (20km), with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent.
Day 4: Crickhowell to Llangynidr
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.
Day 5: Llangynidr to Storey Arms
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 2907ft (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.
Day 6: Rest Day
A day without any walks programmed to explore the local area.
Day 7: Storey Arms to Craig-y-nos
We tackle the remote mountain and high moorland country around Fan Fawr. Having looked over the abyss below Craig Cerrig-gleisiad 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.
Day 8: Craig-y-nos to Llanddeusant
The Carmarthen Fans are on the northern edge of Black Mountain. The escarpment, which we spend most of the say 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 Lyn y Fan Fawr (large mountain lake) to reach the summit of the range at Fan Brycheiniog – 2613ft (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 (16.3km), with 3,280 feet (1000m) of ascent.
Day 9: Llanddeusant to Castell Cerreg Cennan
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 2100ft (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.
Day 10: Castell Cerreg Cennen to Bethlehem (and Llangadog)
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
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors.
Discover the Brecon Beacons
During your stay at Nythfa House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Brecon:
Brecon is a quaint market town at the foot of the Brecon Beacons; an area of sweeping high moorland, and beautiful green valleys. The town has a good range of facilities including shops, supermarkets, post office, chemists, banks, pubs and cafés. During your stay you may enjoy visiting Brecon Cathedral or take a scenic cruise from Brecon along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. www.breconcathedral.org.uk or www.dragonfly-cruises.co.uk
Big Pit Mining Museum
Travel underground at the excellent Big Pit museum in Blaenavon and discover the life of a South Wales coal miner. Blaenavon is around 45 minutes' drive from Brecon. www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit
The quaint small town of Hay-on-Wye is about 30 minutes' drive from Brecon, and can also be reached by bus every 2 hours. The town is now famed for its annual literary festival, and extensive selection of second-hand book shops.
Hereford is an attractive city, around an hour's drive from Brecon, whose cathedral houses the famous Mappa Mundi, a 12th century map of the world. www.herefordcathedral.org
Dan yr Orgof Caves
An impressive show-cave, one of the largest in Europe, with fine stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are around 30 minutes' drive from Brecon. www.showcaves.co.uk
Located near the village of Crickhowell, about 20 minutes' drive from Brecon, Tretower Court is a fine Medieval fortified manor house. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
The vibrant Welsh capital of Cardiff is also around 40 miles or 1 hour’s drive from Brecon. A visit could include the St Fagan’s National History Museum, Castell Coch, or the National Museum. www.visitcardiff.com
Tretower Court image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government, Big Pit image ©Big Pit National Coal Museum
Travel to Brecon
Our address is: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN
The most convenient railway station is at Abergavenny. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 20 mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 45 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £36 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nythfa House Manager.
The X43 bus operates from Abergavenny station to Brecon. Alight at the bus interchange in Brecon. Facing the road, head left along Heol Gouesnou to the traffic lights. Turn right heading uphill along Cerrigcochion Road for around 70 yards, and then turn left into Belle Vue Gardens. Head along the road and turn right at the T-junction (still Belle Vue Gardens). Head up the road to another T-junction and turn left into Cerrigcochion Lane. Walk for about 15 yards and you will see the Nythfa House sign on your right. For bus times see www.traveline.info
Most guests approach Brecon via the A40 from Abergavenny or the A470 from the northwest. These two roads converge at a roundabout on the Brecon bypass. At the roundabout follow the B4601 into Brecon. Pass the army barracks on your right, then turn right at the mini-roundabout (B4601). Continue ahead at the second mini-roundabout. Turn right at the traffic lights (B4602), then take the first left into Bell View Gardens. Take the next road on the right, then at the next T junction turn left. The drive to Nythfa House is ahead on the right.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are trains to Abergavenny (1 change at Newport) - allow 3 to 3½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Abergavenny you can travel on to Brecon by bus or taxi (see above).
Dates & Prices
We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.
Prices are per person
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
We like to reward early bookers with our best rooms so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.