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7-Night Brecon Beacons Family Walking Adventure

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 3 & 5
from £999pp

The Brecon Beacons National Park protects an upland area of moorland, waterfalls and lakes and is designated an International Dark Sky Reserve. The area has a wonderful selection of walking options from level walks on high ridges to more challenging walks ascending the ‘Fans’ (peaks). There are gushing waterfalls (one of which you can walk behind!), impressive caves and even fossilised seabed, high in the hills. Walks take place in and around the park, ranging from easy strolls alongside rivers and past cascading waterfalls to more serious treks including to the top of Pen-y-Fan, South Wales’ highest peak. The Brecon Canal is a reminder of the area’s industrial heritage while ruined castles tell of bygone struggles for power.

Holiday Highlights

FAMILY FUN AT NYTHFA HOUSE

  • Toast marshmallows around a fire
  • Burger & hotdog night
  • Walk behind a waterfall
  • Play croquet on the lawn

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...

  • Visit Big Pit Mining Museum
  • Explore Dan yr Ogof Show Caves
  • Ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway
  • Dinas Rock
  • Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall
  • Brecon Canal
  • Tretower Castle

 

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation.
  • Max guests in house: 57
  • Family rooms: 7
  • A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Free Wi-Fi

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Pont Melin Fach

Distance: 2½ miles (4km)

Total ascent: 75 feet (20m)

In Summary: Starting at the site of the old water mill at Pont Melin-fach, we follow the river downstream and past an amazing series of waterfalls, including the spectacular Sgwd Gwladus (Lady’s Fall) finishing at Pontneddfechan.

Highlight: Look out for wagtails and possible even otters as you wander along the river banks.

Option 2 - Waterfalls & Woodlands

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Starting near Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall, we follow along the river upstream to view some caves at Porth Yr Ogof. We then leave the riverside to walk in woodlands before meeting the river again at Pont Melin-fach and we follow it down river and past an amazing series of waterfalls, including the spectacular Sgwd Gwladus (Lady’s Fall) finishing at Pontneddfechan.

Highlight: Enjoy walking past different waterfalls and noticing the wildlife around in the habitat.

 

Option 3 - Waterfalls & Gorges

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary Entering the Afon Hepste gorge we have an exciting opportunity to walk behind the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall before viewing the cave at Porth yr Ogof. Then across to the Nedd Fechan and its dramatic series of waterfalls to Pontneddfechan.

HighlightTrying not to get wet walking behind the waterfall!

 

Option 4 - Dinas Rock & Waterfalls

Distance: 10½ miles (18 km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In Summary: Starting at Dinas Rock, we go down to a spectacular gorge and mine and then up along the side of Dinas Rock and across country to Sgwd yr Eira where we walk behind the waterfall. Up through the forestry above the waterfalls on the Afon Mellte and then across country to get to the Neddfechan river with its own amazing waterfalls including the Sgwd Gwladus (Lady’s Fall)  to finish in Pontneddfechan.

Highlight: Watching the climbers on Dinas Rock.

 


Option 1 - Craig-y-Nos & Dan yr Ogof

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 540 feet (160m)

In SummaryThis easy and undemanding walk visits Craig-y-nos Country Park and finishes at Dan yr Ogof allowing for an afternoon visit to the show caves, dinosaur park and shire horse centre.

Highlight: Plenty for the kids to enjoy at the Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

 

Option 2 - Along the Usk Valley

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In Summary: We start our walk four miles west of Brecon at the small village of Aberbran. We cross a pretty stone bridge and walk across fields and along a quiet road to Y Gaer, the site of a Roman cavalry outpost. We follow a bridleway, sometimes muddy, to the western edge of Brecon and River Usk. We visit Brecon Cathedral and continue our walk through wooded Priory Groves and across playing fields to the House.

Highlight: Wander through Priory Groves and explore Brecon's magnificent Cathedral.

Option 3 - Fan Brycheiniog

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,400 (425m)

In SummaryWe ascend wild country to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level, then up to Bwlch Giedd and across wild moorland.  A gradual descent, generally following the Afon Giedd, takes us to where the river disappears underground at Sinc Giedd and then over broken ground to Carreg Goch.  Then across moorland to join the main drovers trail down to Tafarn y Garreg.

HighlightThe site of a wrecked Vampire Aircraft.

 

Option 4 - Aircraft Wreck & Western Fans

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)

Total ascent: 1,800 (540m)

In Summary: Up to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake and then around this with a steep ascent onto Fan Foel and along the spectacular Bannau Sir Gear ridge.  A gradual descent southwards to pick up the old drovers trail to where the Giedd river disappears underground. Continuing over broken ground to Carreg Goch.  Finally we cross wild moorland with numerous sink holes to end at Tafarn y Garreg.

Highlight: That 'on top of the world' feeling, walking along the Bannau Sir Gaer ridgeline high above and beyond the corrie lake.


Discover more about Nythfa House and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Brecon Mountain Railway

Distance:  miles (5½km) 

Total ascent: 320 feet (100m) 

In Summary: Our walk starts with a journey on a restored steam railway line from Pant to the top station at Torpantau. We walk on a forestry track high above Pentwyn Reservoir before descending to a tree-lined path beside Pontsticill Reservoir which we follow to Pontsticill station where there is a café and a small museum. Later in the afternoon we return by train to Pant station.  

Highlight: The ride on this excellently maintained steam train which delivers you into the heart of the national park. 

 

Option 2 - Mountain Railway & Cwm Callan

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 660 feet (200m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us on the narrow gauge railway to Torpantau where we follow a forestry track. The track follows the far side of Nant Callan and descends to a tree-lined path beside Pontsticill Reservoir which we follow to Pontsticill station where there is a café and small museum. Later in the afternoon we return by train to Pant station.

Highlight: Look out for Red Kites sailing on the thermals high above this picturesque pair of reservoirs.

Option 3 - Mountain Railway, Pen y Fan & Corn Du

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In Summary: After our journey on the steam railway to Torpantau we walk into the heart of the Central Beacons along an old drovers’ track which may have been a Roman road. We follow the Beacons Way around the imposing Cribyn mountain and ascend steeply on a recently improved path to the summit of Pen y Fan. We soon reach nearby Corn Du where we descend on an initially steep path which takes us across moorland and down quiet lanes to the small village of Libanus.

Highlight: The stunning views from the high point of today's walk, Pen y Fan. The highest summit in the Brecon Beacons.

Option 4 - The Mountain Railway & the Four Tops

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (850m)

In Summary: Our linear take on one of the must-do hikes of the Brecon Beacons. Offering proper mountains, plunging waterfalls and stunning views, a well as a heritage steam train ride to start the day.

Highlight: A real high mountains hike, this walk takes in the four tops that make up the distinctive ridge-line of the Central Beacons.


Option 1 - Pen Y Crug

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary: This walk takes you around the outskirts of Brecon and into some beautiful woodland before the short climb to the summit of Pen-y-Crug and the hill fort. You will then descend back into Brecon via Maen Du Well and on to the cathedral before returning to Nytfha house.

Highlight: Look out for Pen Y Fan in the distance in all its majesty, if the weather is favourable. 

 

Option 2 - Tretower & Crickhowell

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 920 feet (280m)

In Summary: We walk from north of Cwmdu to Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a contouring path across farmland leading to the wooded Cwmbeth Brook valley and Crickhowell

Highlight: Soak up the history of Tretower Court - a fine 14th Century manor house, and its attractive garden.

Option 3 - The Lonely Shepherd, Craig y Cilau and Llangattock

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In Summary: A circular walk from the town of Crickhowell exploring the dramatic limestone escarpment and former quarries on the south side of the Usk valley. We visit an isolated rock pinnacle with its local legend before taking a contouring path below the towering cliffs and old quarries. We return to Crickhowell through quiet farmland and Llangattock village.

Highlight: The eerie landscape created by the spoil heaps of the disused quarries underneath the cliffs of Craig y Cilau, now painted green with grasses and wildflowers, reclaimed by nature.

Option 4 - Black Mountains

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

In Summary: A fine circular walk from Crickhowell bagging two classic tops, Table Mountain and Sugar Loaf. We descend from Table Mountain to Llanbedr village and follow a pretty stretch of the Grwyne Fechan valley before a gradual ascent of Sugar Loaf. We return to Crickhowell along grassy slopes, quiet tracks and lanes.

Highlight: a double selfie opportunity at these two big summits.

 


Option 1 - Clyro & Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Total ascent: 530 feet (160m)

In Summary: Starting in Llowes we’ll walk above the famous Baskerville Hall looking down on Hay-on-Wye to the village of Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: After a relaxing walk, explore the array of second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, or enjoy an ice cream along the banks of the river.

 

Option 2 - Wye Valley & Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: A circular walk along the River Wye to the village of Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: 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.

 

Option 3 - Twmpa, Hay Bluff & Offa's Dyke to Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,030 feet (620m)

In Summary: This walk heads onto the Black Mountains escarpment to Twmpa or Lord Hereford’s Knob. We then cross the road at Gospel pass to Hay Bluff before taking the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight Lord Hereford's Knob!

 

Option 4 - Black Mountains North Ridge

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (670m

In Summary: From Pengenffordd we pass Castell Dinas (12th century castle remains on an Iron Age site) before going up the Dragon’s Back ridge and on to the escarpment towards Twmpa. We then follow the route of the Medium Walk into Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: We'll discover a hidden stone circle on the descent to Hay.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Brecon Beacons Family Walking Itinerary Map

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 31 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 spent dawdling through the second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 eight garden rooms or three single bed pool rooms across the grounds. With 31 rooms - including four on the ground floor - 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 from which to enjoy views of the gardens.

All ‘Good’ rooms are en-suite 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 and larger television. Upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring waterfall 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. 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 Brecon Botanicals 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 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 speciality Welsh potato dish, or double roasted Welsh lamb. 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 or view the accessibility information online for Nythfa House

 

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Essential Information

“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.

Essentials

  • 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)
  • Rucksack
  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
30 Jul - 06 Aug 2021
7 Guided Family Walks £999 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
06 Aug - 13 Aug 2021
7 Guided Family Walks £999 Available Trip Notes Enquire
13 Aug - 20 Aug 2021
7 Guided Family Walks £999 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes

Important Information

Maximum 3 free child places per full paying adult. Child price up to 17 years. Sole occupancy charges may apply. Family rooms are subject to availability.

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 3

7 nights from £999pp

Under 18s GO FREE

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