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 £35 for admissions, less if you bring your CADW or English Heritage card.
- Discover the beauty of the dramatic Welsh countryside on guided walks
- A walk in Waterfall Country, with the opportunity to step behind Sgwd yr Eira's watery veil
- A trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway steam train to the end of the line to start your walk
- Visits include the Penderyn distillery, the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye and the Dan yr Ogof showcaves
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
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 (6km)
Ascent: 100 feet (30m)
In Summary: Today you visit Tretower Castle and Court, a ruined Norman stronghold and partially restored medieval manor house, curated by Cadw (Welsh Heritage). After your tour walk through fields and woods to the Glanusk Estate and follow the River Usk downstream to Crickhowell. There's plenty of time to explore this attractive small town, voted one of the best towns in Wales with its own ruined castle, 14th century parish church and friendly shops and cafés.
Distance: 4 miles (6½km)
Ascent: 650 feet (200m)
In Summary: Riverside trails lead you on a discovery of the Afon Mellte with its much photographed waterfalls. Upon reaching Sgwd yr Eira (probably the most famous of the falls), there’s the chance to walk behind its veil of water (without getting wet!). Your walk continues through forest and countryside to the village of Penderyn, now famous for its distillery. There’s time for a visit and to take part in the distillery tour, and maybe to sample a tot of its famous Welsh whisky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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)
- 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
- Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
- Waterproof rucksack liner
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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