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7-Night Brecon Beacons Family Walking Adventure

Malhamdale Family Holiday
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 3 & 5
from £869pp

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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Waterfalls

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 70 feet (20m)v

In Summary Starting at the site of the old water mill at Pont Melin-fach we amble down river 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 - Behind the Water

Distance: 8½  miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,310 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 3 - Mines and Waterfalls

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

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.

Highlightwatching the climbers on Dinas Rock.

 


Option 1 - Tawe Valley

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

In SummaryThe Tawe Valley has lots of fun for such a short walk that takes in the Craig Y Nos country park with its super ponds and meadows, and finishes with an optional visit to the fabulous Dan yr Ogof show caves.

Highlight: Dragonfly spotting by the ponds

 

Option 2 - 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 3 - Western Fans Traverse

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,000 (600m)

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.

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

 



Option 1 - Ancient Hill Fort

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Easy level walking on the high ridge of Illtyd Common takes us up to the ancient hill fort of Twyn y Gaer with amazing views. We return to the Mountain Centre (National Park Visitor Centre) where there’s great space to play if you’ve energy left.

Highlight: Imagining life as a soldier long ago.

 

Option 2 - Pen-y-Fan

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In SummaryWe head directly to Pen y Fan, Corn Du and the obelisk, but then embark on a more northerly loop into the valley of Cwm Llwch and on to finish at Libanus.

Highlight: A selfie at the obelisk, and spotting the ripples in the sandstone on top of Pen y Fan, fossils from when these rocks used to be sand under a tropical ocean millions of years ago.

 

Option 3 - Over the 4 tops

Distance: 11 miles (18km) 

Total ascent: 3,120 feet (950m)

In Summary:This walk goes over the four main tops of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big, then on to the Wellington Memorial and Carn Pica and down the ridge to Talybont. With stunning views the walk traverses the whole of the central part of the Brecon Beacons.

Highlight: The celebration of ascending over 3000 feet over 4 mountains in one walk!

 


Option 1 - Crickhowell by the Canal

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 170 feet (50m)

In Summary: A gentle circular walk through Crickhowell and along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal around Llangattock in the Usk Valley and back to Crickhowell.

Highlight Watching the barges on the canal.

 

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 - 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 - Hay on Wye Circular

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: very little

In Summary: The famous town has more books than anywhere else, but this doesn’t stop us walking down to the river where we can paddle or swim from an excellent pebbly beach. There’s also a disused railway line to give this circular walk as much interest as fun in Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: Getting your feet wet in the river.

 

Option 2 - Hay Bluff

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 3 - Black Mountains 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 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. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
06 Apr - 13 Apr
7 Family Walk £869 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
31 Jul - 07 Aug
7 Family Walk £969 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
14 Aug - 21 Aug
7 Family Walk £969 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
21 Aug - 28 Aug
7 Family Walk £969 Under 18s Go Free Trip Notes Enquire
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 3

7 nights from £869pp

Under 18s GO FREE

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