4-Night Brecon Beacons Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Brecon beacons roadside scenery in the winter.
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £745pp

Crisp mornings and clear skies, walking in the Brecon Beacons in winter is the perfect way to spend the festive season. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on full day walks to discover the varied beauty of the Brecon Beacons on foot
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • Admire panoramic views of rolling countryside and valleys, wide open hillsides and wildly beautiful forests in this spectacular corner of Wales
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Let a local leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about Welsh history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of Britain’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Discover what makes the Brecon Beacons so special from the waterfalls and caves to its lakes.
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink, celebrate and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal and plenty of festive treats
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Slwch Tump & Brecon Cathedral

Distance:  4½ miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (65m)

In summary: Head east to the site of the old fort at Slwch Tump, then south through the outskirts of Brecon to the River Usk. We follow the canal basin and the river to the promenade on the west of town, returning through the cathedral grounds to the house.

Highlight: Gain the heights of Slwch Tump, once a defensive hillfort and the site of an ancient church dedicated to St Eluned, a Christian daughter of King Brychan

Option 2 - Llechfaen, Groesfford & the Beacon Canal

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: We start our walk by crossing fields and meadows to the east of Brecon, before sweeping south to pass through the villages of Llechfaen and Groesfford. Following the tow path alongside the River Taff we return to the town centre, passing the Brecon Theatre on our way.

Highlight: Enjoy panoramic views of the Beacons from rolling pastures

Option 3 - Pen-y-Fan

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Walk to the top of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, two of the summits at the heart of the Brecon Beacons.

Highlight: There's a great sense of achievement when you reach the summit of Pen y Fan, the highest point in the National Park, and enjoy the sweeping views over South and Mid Wales.


Option 1 - Canal, Llanfrynach & River

Distance:  6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 300 feet (80m)

In summary: Follow the Canal tow path east out of Brecon to the village of Llanfrynach, then across country to join the River Usk back into the town. 

Highlight: Bags of canal history including a sturdy stone aqueduct over the River Usk

Option 2 - Y Gaer, River Usk & Taff Trail

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary: We walk through rolling countryside, across fields, paths, tracks, country lanes and roads with some stunning views of the Brecon Beacons to the south, Black Mountains to the east and farmland to the north.

Highlight: Explore the remains of a Roman cavalry camp and taste award-winning ice cream as you walk back into Brecon

Option 3 - Y Gaer, Cradoc & Pen-y-Crug

Distance: 9 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: We walk along lanes and paths to the site of Y Gaer, a Roman marching fort, then continue to the pretty hamlet of Cradoc before ascending Pen y Crug to take in the panoramic views. We end our walk with a stroll through the grounds of Brecon Cathedral on route to the house.

Highlight: Explore the remains of a Roman cavalry camp and a huge iron age hillfort with distant views of the Beacons


Option 1 - 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 2 - Below the Black Mountains North Escarpment & Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 7.8 miles (12.5km)

Total ascent: 1,120 feet (340m)

In Summary: A traverse along the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains in between the Three Rivers Ride and the Gospel Pass before following along the Offa’s Dyke path to Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: Lovely traverse along the mountains with a good view towards the West. Also, look out for the buried stone circle that is clearly marked on the map! Can you find it?

Option 3 - Twmpa & Hay Bluff

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (680m)

In Summary: Head onto the Black Mountains escarpment to the top of Twmpa (otherwise known as Lord Hereford’s Knob). We cross the road at the Gospel Pass to Hay Bluff before following the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: The walk along the Black Mountains escarpment is a real delight, with great views of the Wye Valley below.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Slwch Tump & Brecon Cathedral

Distance:  4½ miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (65m)

In summary: Head east to the site of the old fort at Slwch Tump, then south through the outskirts of Brecon to the River Usk. We follow the canal basin and the river to the promenade on the west of town, returning through the cathedral grounds to the house.

Highlight: Gain the heights of Slwch Tump, once a defensive hillfort and the site of an ancient church dedicated to St Eluned, a Christian daughter of King Brychan

Option 2 - Llechfaen, Groesfford & the Beacon Canal

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: We start our walk by crossing fields and meadows to the east of Brecon, before sweeping south to pass through the villages of Llechfaen and Groesfford. Following the tow path alongside the River Taff we return to the town centre, passing the Brecon Theatre on our way.

Highlight: Enjoy panoramic views of the Beacons from rolling pastures

Option 3 - Pen-y-Fan

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Walk to the top of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, two of the summits at the heart of the Brecon Beacons.

Highlight: There's a great sense of achievement when you reach the summit of Pen y Fan, the highest point in the National Park, and enjoy the sweeping views over South and Mid Wales.


Option 1 - Canal, Llanfrynach & River

Distance:  6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 300 feet (80m)

In summary: Follow the Canal tow path east out of Brecon to the village of Llanfrynach, then across country to join the River Usk back into the town. 

Highlight: Bags of canal history including a sturdy stone aqueduct over the River Usk

Option 2 - Y Gaer, River Usk & Taff Trail

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary: We walk through rolling countryside, across fields, paths, tracks, country lanes and roads with some stunning views of the Brecon Beacons to the south, Black Mountains to the east and farmland to the north.

Highlight: Explore the remains of a Roman cavalry camp and taste award-winning ice cream as you walk back into Brecon

Option 3 - Y Gaer, Cradoc & Pen-y-Crug

Distance: 9 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: We walk along lanes and paths to the site of Y Gaer, a Roman marching fort, then continue to the pretty hamlet of Cradoc before ascending Pen y Crug to take in the panoramic views. We end our walk with a stroll through the grounds of Brecon Cathedral on route to the house.

Highlight: Explore the remains of a Roman cavalry camp and a huge iron age hillfort with distant views of the Beacons


Option 1 - 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 2 - Below the Black Mountains North Escarpment & Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 7.8 miles (12.5km)

Total ascent: 1,120 feet (340m)

In Summary: A traverse along the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains in between the Three Rivers Ride and the Gospel Pass before following along the Offa’s Dyke path to Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: Lovely traverse along the mountains with a good view towards the West. Also, look out for the buried stone circle that is clearly marked on the map! Can you find it?

Option 3 - Twmpa & Hay Bluff

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (680m)

In Summary: Head onto the Black Mountains escarpment to the top of Twmpa (otherwise known as Lord Hereford’s Knob). We cross the road at the Gospel Pass to Hay Bluff before following the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye.

Highlight: The walk along the Black Mountains escarpment is a real delight, with great views of the Wye Valley below.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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.

 

Need to know

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

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

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 have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. 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. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

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 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 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, 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 speciality Welsh potato dish, 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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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

  • 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)

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
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
23 Dec - 27 Dec
4 Christmas £799 Available Trip Notes Book Now
30 Dec - 03 Jan
4 New Year £745 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

4 nights from £745pp

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