Bridge & Walking at Brecon
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Hills & moorland
Exercise mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier or harder route, both carefully selected to enable you to see and explore the best of the local area. We'll return to the Country House in time to freshen up before the evening's Duplicate Bridge competition.
This holiday is suitable for regular players of Duplicate Bridge at club level.
- Daily choice of two walks
- Daily evening Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
- EBU members earn Master Points
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Carefully selected friendly, knowledgeable and EBU qualified Bridge Director and HF Holidays’ Walk Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All Bridge fees, stationery and prizes
- All transport for the walks
- Master Points
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.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Dining room and bar
• Conservatory which looks out onto the garden
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
|• Range of board games and books
• Indoor swimming pool in a separate building
• The house is surrounded by extensive gardens
• Putting green and croquet lawn
|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.
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
This Bridge holiday has been created for anyone who is a regular club player of duplicate bridge. You can exercise both your mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks: either an easier (4-6 miles) or harder route (6-8 miles), both carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the Country House in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening.
Check-in starts from 2.30pm (premium rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea where we’ll introduce your leader.
Your first Bridge session starts at 5pm and continues after dinner. Please inform either the house manager or your Bridge leader as soon as possible if you do not intend to attend the evening Bridge competition.
During your stay
After a delicious breakfast, you can enjoy the guided walk of your choice in the lovely local area. You’ll be able to chat to your new Bridge friends as you make your way, savouring a well-earned picnic lunch together as you sit down and enjoy the scenery all around you. The programme of walks is given below.
Each evening at 5pm your Bridge holiday continues with a friendly competition that continues after the fabulous 3-course dinner.
You can use our Discovery Point to explore the local area, relax in the wonderful surroundings of our country house or get that little extra practice time!
We’ll be sad to see you leave, but we know you’ll be heading home after a leisurely breakfast having made lots of new friends, kept fit and done what you love best – playing Duplicate Bridge.
(Walks are given in pairs, one set for each days’ walking)
Pen y Crug
The walk in a nutshell: Alongside the River Honddu, ancient fort at Pen y Crug and Brecon Cathedral. Don’t miss: calm of Priory Groves and Brecon Cathedral as well as the sweeping views from Pen y Crug
The walk in a nutshell: South from Lower Chapple, over Battle Hill and through farmland and woods to Pen y Crug fort and onto Brecon.
Don’t miss: Views south over the whole of the Beacons and Black Mountains and the history of Brecon Cathedral.
Craig Cerrig Gleisiad
The walk in a nutshell: Through the Craig Cerrig-gleisiad Nature Reserve and across the ridge below the summit of Fan Frynych and onto Mynydd Illtud reserve and to the Visitors Centre
Don’t miss: stunning views north from the ridge
Storey Arms to Visitors Centre
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the Craig Cerrig-gleisiad Nature Reserve and summit of Fan Frynych. We walk down the ridge with panoramic views onto Mynydd Illtud Common to the National Park Visitor Centre.
Don’t miss: Fan Frynych is rugged in parts, but allows walkers to reach a memorable summit without too much ascent.
Cwmdu to Crickhowell (1)
The walk in a nutshell: Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a contouring path across farmland to the wooded Cwmbeth Brook Valley and Crickhowell.
Don’t miss: Soak up the history of Tretower Court - a fine 14th Century manor house, and its attractive garden.
Cwmdu to Crickhowell (2)
The walk in a nutshell: From Cwmdu on the Beacons Way contouring round the southern end of the Black Mountains over Table Mountain and down into Crickhowell.
Don’t miss: Views across the Usk Valley to the Beacons and Table Mountain.
The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk along the River Wye to the village of Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye.
Don’t miss: 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.
The walk in a nutshell: Head onto the Black Mountains escarpment to the top of Twmpa (otherwise known as Lord Hereford’s Knob). We cross the road at the Gospel Pass before following the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye.
Don’t miss: The walk along the Black Mountains escarpment is a real delight, with great views of the Wye Valley below.
The walk in a nutshell: Starting near Ystradfellte we follow the Mellte and Nedd Fechan rivers with their awe-inspiring waterfalls, finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village.
Don’t miss: The waterfalls of this corner of Wales are truly spectacular - particularly after a period of heavy rain.
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the Afon Hepste gorge, passing behind the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall and viewing the huge Porth yr Ogof cave. We then cross to the Nedd Fechan valley with its equally impressive waterfalls.
Don’t miss: The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall is a real highlight; the path behind the cascade is a unique experience.
What to bring
Bridge: All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.
Walking: To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
Bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, a small torch (in spring, autumn and winter) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring
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).
Stephen lives in Chester and is a keen walker and bridge player. He has been leading Walking holidays and Bridge & Walking holidays for HF Holidays both in the UK and Abroad for a number of years. One of the good things about living in Chester is the wonderful countryside within easy reach and so he often walks in North Wales, the Lake District, the Peak District and, nearer home, the Clwydian hills and Cheshire plain. He regularly plays duplicate and competition bridge, mainly at the Deva Bridge club in Chester.
Stephens' Bridge sessions were very well-organized and worked well.
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
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Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.