4-Night Brecon Beacons Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2
from £515pp £475pp

Enjoy full days exploring the Brecon Beacons, combining the perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing. Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow up to £15 for admissions, less if you bring your CADW, English Heritage or Historic Scotland cards

Holiday Highlights

Highlights

  • Discover the beauty of the dramatic Welsh countryside on guided walks  
  • A trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway steam train to the end of the line to start your walk.
  • Visit the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye and the Dan yr Ogof showcaves

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: You start your walk in the upper Swansea valley and pass Craig y Nos, a 19th century castle once owned by opera diva Dame Adelina Patti, the Madonna of her time. Walk around the Country Park with its lake and tea room before continuing up the valley to Dan yr Ogof with an optional visit to some of the most spectacular show caves in Europe.

 


Distance: 5¼ miles (8½km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Taking the restored Brecon Mountain Railway steam train along the Pentwyn Reservoir and up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons, you alight at the end of the track at Torpantau. From here walk beside the reservoir with sweeping views across the Beacons and explore Cwm Callan, a typical Welsh valley before heading down beside Pontsticill Reservoir to Pontsticill station with a café and steam museum.

 


Distance: 4½ miles (7km) 

Ascent: 70 feet (20m)

Descent: 1,100 feet (350m)

In Summary: Start your walk below Hay Bluff with the dramatic backdrop of the Black Mountains and views of the Wye valley. Take Offa’s Dyke path down across Hay Common, through fields and pastures to Hay-on-Wye. A walk then follows the river and takes us into town, with plenty of time to explore its narrow streets, bookshops and cafés.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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.

 

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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 sort of Welsh stew, 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

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
27 Apr - 01 May Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £515 £475 Save £40 Per Person Book Now
29 Jun - 03 Jul Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £549 £509 Save £40 Per Person Book Now
07 Sep - 11 Sep Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £549 £509 Save £40 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
2

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