4-Night Brecon Beacons Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £449pp £374pp

Admire the finest scenery in south Wales on our Guided Walking holidays. Discover a world of waterfalls, beautiful green valleys and superb mountain walks. The Brecon Beacons National Park offers contrasting landscapes, from the peaceful grassy ridges of the Black Mountains, to the distinctive summit of Pen-y-Fan, and mighty cascades of the Mellte Valley.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on full day walks to discover the varied beauty of the Brecon Beacons on foot
  • Admire panoramic views of rolling countryside and valleys, wide open hillsides and wildly beautiful forests in this spectacular corner of Wales
  • 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
  • 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 and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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 - Along the Usk Valley

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 520 feet (160m)

In Summary: Walk along the green Usk Valley from Aberbran to Brecon. Our route takes us across fields and lanes to the ancient Roman encampment of Y Gaer and then on to Brecon Cathedral, through Priory Groves and back to Nythfa House.

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

 

Option 2 - Fan Brycheiniog

Distance:  miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: Ascend wild country to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a beautiful corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level. We ascend to the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog as we follow the escarpment of the Western Fans, then a long ridge descent to the Gwyn Arms.

Highlight: This less visited part of the national park contains sweeping ridges with great views north over Mid Wales.

 

Option 3 - Western Fans Traverse

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (820m)

In Summary: Walk beneath the Western Fans to Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach, a pair of high mountain lakes. We then traverse the spectacular Banau Sir Gaer ridge, visiting the summit of Fan Brycheiniog and descending the Fan Hir ridge.

Highlight: A big day out in wild country, with great views from the escarpment.

 


Option 1 - Storey Arms to the Mountain Centre

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Ascend to the Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad Nature Reserve and summit of Fan Frynych. We walk down the ridge with panoramic views onto Mynydd Illtud Common to the National Park Visitor Centre.

Highlight: Fan Frynych is rugged in parts, but allows walkers to reach a memorable summit without too much ascent.

 

Option 2 - 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 3 - Over the 4 Tops

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 3,100 feet (960m)

In Summary: A traverse 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.

Highlight: This classic route takes in all the key summits in the central Brecon Beacons; a fantastic high-level crossing of the main peaks.

 


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 - 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.

Option 3 - Black Mountains North Ridge

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

In Summary: A traverse along the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains. We ascend the Dragon's Back ridge past the 12th Century Castell Dinas, then enjoy a great walk to the summits of Twmpa and Hay Bluff.

Highlight: On a clear day the views stretch north to the Long Mynd and Clee Hills in Shropshire. We'll also discover a hidden stone circle on the descent to Hay.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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 country

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Starting near Ystradfellte we follow the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their awe-inspiring waterfalls, finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village.

Highlight: The waterfalls of this corner of Wales are truly spectacular - particularly after a period of heavy rain.

 

Option 2 - Sgwd yr Eira

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Explore the Afon Hepste gorge, passing behind the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall and viewing the huge Porth yr Ogof cave. We then cross to the Nedd Fechan valley with its equally impressive waterfalls. 

Highlight: The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall is a real highlight; the path behind the cascade is a unique experience.

 

Option 3 - Fan Frynych & Waterfalls

Distance: 14 miles (22½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In Summary: A walk with two distinct sections. First over the hills of Fan Frynych and along the Beacons Way to the stunning ridge of Fan Dringarth. We then descend into waterfall country and the spectacular cascades of the Nedd Fechan valley.

Highlight: A day of great contrasts - panoramic hilltop views, and dramatic waterfalls.

 


Option 1 - Storey Arms to the Mountain Centre

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Ascend to the Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad Nature Reserve and summit of Fan Frynych. We walk down the ridge with panoramic views onto Mynydd Illtud Common to the National Park Visitor Centre.

Highlight: Fan Frynych is rugged in parts, but allows walkers to reach a memorable summit without too much ascent.

 

Option 2 - 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 3 - Over the 4 Tops

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 3,100 feet (960m)

In Summary: A traverse 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.

Highlight: This classic route takes in all the key summits in the central Brecon Beacons; a fantastic high-level crossing of the main peaks.

 


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 - 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.

Option 3 - Black Mountains North Ridge

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

In Summary: A traverse along the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains. We ascend the Dragon's Back ridge past the 12th Century Castell Dinas, then enjoy a great walk to the summits of Twmpa and Hay Bluff.

Highlight: On a clear day the views stretch north to the Long Mynd and Clee Hills in Shropshire. We'll also discover a hidden stone circle on the descent to Hay.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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 country

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Starting near Ystradfellte we follow the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their awe-inspiring waterfalls, finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village.

Highlight: The waterfalls of this corner of Wales are truly spectacular - particularly after a period of heavy rain.

 

Option 2 - Sgwd yr Eira

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Explore the Afon Hepste gorge, passing behind the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall and viewing the huge Porth yr Ogof cave. We then cross to the Nedd Fechan valley with its equally impressive waterfalls. 

Highlight: The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall is a real highlight; the path behind the cascade is a unique experience.

 

Option 3 - Fan Frynych & Waterfalls

Distance: 14 miles (22½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In Summary: A walk with two distinct sections. First over the hills of Fan Frynych and along the Beacons Way to the stunning ridge of Fan Dringarth. We then descend into waterfall country and the spectacular cascades of the Nedd Fechan valley.

Highlight: A day of great contrasts - panoramic hilltop views, and dramatic waterfalls.

 


Option 1 - Along the Usk Valley

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 520 feet (160m)

In Summary: Walk along the green Usk Valley from Aberbran to Brecon. Our route takes us across fields and lanes to the ancient Roman encampment of Y Gaer and then on to Brecon Cathedral, through Priory Groves and back to Nythfa House.

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

 

Option 2 - Fan Brycheiniog

Distance:  miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: Ascend wild country to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a beautiful corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level. We ascend to the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog as we follow the escarpment of the Western Fans, then a long ridge descent to the Gwyn Arms.

Highlight: This less visited part of the national park contains sweeping ridges with great views north over Mid Wales.

 

Option 3 - Western Fans Traverse

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (820m)

In Summary: Walk beneath the Western Fans to Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach, a pair of high mountain lakes. We then traverse the spectacular Banau Sir Gaer ridge, visiting the summit of Fan Brycheiniog and descending the Fan Hir ridge.

Highlight: A big day out in wild country, with great views from the escarpment.

 


Option 1 - Storey Arms to the Mountain Centre

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Ascend to the Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad Nature Reserve and summit of Fan Frynych. We walk down the ridge with panoramic views onto Mynydd Illtud Common to the National Park Visitor Centre.

Highlight: Fan Frynych is rugged in parts, but allows walkers to reach a memorable summit without too much ascent.

 

Option 2 - 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 3 - Over the 4 Tops

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 3,100 feet (960m)

In Summary: A traverse 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.

Highlight: This classic route takes in all the key summits in the central Brecon Beacons; a fantastic high-level crossing of the main peaks.

 


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.

 

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

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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 and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
23 Mar - 27 Mar
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30 Mar - 03 Apr
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13 Apr - 17 Apr
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20 Apr - 24 Apr
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04 May - 08 May
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01 Jun - 05 Jun
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15 Jun - 19 Jun
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29 Jun - 03 Jul
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06 Jul - 10 Jul
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14 Sep - 18 Sep
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12 Oct - 16 Oct
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

4 nights from £449pp £374pp

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