Walking with Sightseeing at Brecon
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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.
Enjoy full days exploring the Brecon Beacons, combining the perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing. Highlights include a walk in Waterfall Country, with the opportunity to step behind Sgwd yr Eira's watery veil. We'll also combine walks with visits to the Penderyn distillery, the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye, the Dan yr Ogof showcaves, plus take a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway.
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:
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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
Saturday: Tretower and Crickhowell
Today we visit Tretower Castle and Court, a ruined Norman stronghold and partially restored medieval manor house, curated by Cadw (Welsh Heritage). After our tour we walk through fields and woods to the Glanusk Estate and follow the River Usk downstream to Crickhowell. We’ve left 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. 4 miles (6km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.
Sunday: Waterfalls & Distillery
Riverside trails lead us 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!). Our 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. 4 miles (6½km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Monday: free day
Tuesday: Saith Maen & Dan yr Ogof
We start our walk next to Craig y nos, a 19th century castle owned by Dame Adelina Patti. From here we climb up the side of the hill onto Cribarth, known as the sleeping giant, and onto Saith Men, a row of seven standing stones. This is limestone country, shake holes, sinkholes and beneath - one of the biggest cave systems in Europe. We join the old coffin trail at a bronze age burial mound. This was the path that in the 19th century, the bodies of miners from the limestone quarries and coal mines, were carried home to their villages in rural Wales. We follow this path down to Dan yr Ogof, with the chance to visit some of the most spectacular show caves in Europe. 3 miles (4½km) with 800 feet (250m) of ascent.
Wednesday: Mountain Railway & Brecon Beacons
Taking the restored Brecon Mountain Railway steam train along the Pentwyn Reservoir and up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons, we alight at the end of the track at Torpantau. From here we walk alongside the reservoir with sweeping views across the Beacons and on to Cwm Callan, a typical Welsh valley, which we follow up onto open moorland. We’ve a short boggy section, and then a beautiful ridge walk with Pen y Fan on the horizon and the rest of the Beacons surrounding us. A short section of the Taff Trail then takes us back to our return train. 5 miles (8½km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
Thursday: Black Mountains and Hay-on-Wye
We start our walk below Hay Bluff with the dramatic backdrop of the Black Mountains and views of the Wye valley. We follow 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. 4½ miles (7km) with 70 feet (20m) of ascent and 1,100 feet (350m) of descent.
- Walking is on lanes, paths, tracks and across open fields, rough pasture and moorland; with some short muddy sections. Walks are up to 5 miles (8½km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £30 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your CADW, English Heritage or Historic Scotland cards
- The seven night holiday has a free day on the Monday for you to explore independently
Tretower Court image credited © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
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).
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Dates & Prices
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- 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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