Family Walking Adventure at Brecon



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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £399.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

Holiday overview

Under 11s GO FREE on all our 2018 UK Family Adventures

On the edge of Brecon, Nythfa House with its attractive gardens and indoor pool is a great base for our family walking holidays. It's within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park where our walks could include the remarkable path behind the Swyd yr Eira waterfall, or climbing to the top of Pen y Fan for a panoramic view over sourthern Wales.

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HF Holidays' Nyftha House in Brecon, Wales

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.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation 
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Toiletries
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children


• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Dining room and bar 
• Ballroom 
• Conservatory which looks out onto the garden
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Indoor swimming pool in a separate building 
• The house is surrounded by extensive gardens
• Putting green and croquet lawn
• Mini-golf


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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Brecon evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

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.


More details on Brecon accessibility

Additional Information 

  • 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


Two teenage boys about to go walkingFamily-friendly walks

Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 3 guided walks each day  – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short lakeside strolls that are ideal for little legs, to challenging mountain ascents that will appeal to active teenagers.



Waterfall Country - Saturday

Option 1: Waterfalls


Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 70 feet (20m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.  

Don’t miss: Look out for wagtails and possible even Otters as you wander along the river banks.

Option 2: Behind the Water

The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall

Distance: 8½  miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,310 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.  

Don’t miss: Trying not to get wet walking behind the waterfall!

Option 3: Mines and Waterfalls

Waterfalls in the Mellte Valley

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: watching the climbers on Dinas Rock

 The Western Fans - Sunday

Option 1: Tawe Valley

Red kite

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

The walk in a nutshell: The 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.

Don’t miss: Dragonfly spotting by the ponds.

Option 2: Fan Brycheiniog

The mountain of Fan Foel

 Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,400 (425m)

The walk in a nutshell: We 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.   

Don’t miss: The site of a wrecked Vampire Aircraft.

Option 3: Western Fans Traverse

Walking in the Beacons

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,000 (600m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss:  That 'on top of the world' feeling, walking along the Bannau Sir Gaer ridgeline high above and beyond the corrie lake. 

The Central Brecons - Tuesday

Option 1: Ancient Hill Fort

View from the Beacons

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Imagining life as a soldier long ago.

Option 2: Pen-y-Fan

Summit of Corn Du

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: We 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.

Don’t miss: 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

Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 3,120 feet (950m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: The celebration of ascending over 3000 fee over 4 mountains in one walk!

Around Crickhowell - Wednesday

Option 1: Crickhowell by the Canal

BR LlangattockDistance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 170 feet (50m)

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

Don’t miss: Watching the barges on the canal

Option 2: Tretower & Crickhowell

Exterior of Tretower Court

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 920 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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

Don’t miss: Imagining life in the 14th Century Tretower castle.

Option 3: Black Mountains

View over the Usk Valley to Sugar Loaf

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: a double selfie opportunity at these two big summits.

High Above Hay on Wye - Thursday

Option 1: Hay on Wye Circular

Bridge over the River Wye

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: very little

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: getting your feet wet in the river.

Option 2: Hay Bluff

View from Hay Bluff over the Wye Valley

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,030 feet (620m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Lord Hereford's Knob!

Option 3: Black Mountains Ridge

Autumnal colours on the Black Mountains

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (670m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss:  We'll discover a hidden stone circle on the descent to Hay.


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Local area

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:

Canal boat on Brecon canalBrecon 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. or


Visitors in hard hats exploring the mineBig 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.



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.

Visitors walking through an impressive caveDan 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.



Exterior of Tretower Court historic houseTretower Court
Located near the village of Crickhowell, about 20 minutes' drive from Brecon, Tretower Court is a fine Medieval fortified manor house.



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.


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

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient railway station is at Abergavenny. For train times and general rail enquiries visit or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.


By bus:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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 for train times.

From Abergavenny you can travel on to Brecon by bus or taxi (see above).


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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
10 Aug 2018 BRFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Brecon 3 £399.00 Book Now
10 Aug 2018 BRFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Brecon 7 £899.00 Book Now
13 Aug 2018 BRFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Brecon 4 £559.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
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