7-Night Brecon Beacons Guided Walking Holiday

Pen Y Fan
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £775pp £705pp

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 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
  • 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
  • 5 days guided walking; 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Slwch Tump & Brecon Cathedral

Distance:  4.5 miles (7km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

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 Brecon 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 - Y Gaer

Distance: 10.5 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 1 - Along the Canal

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 - Pen y Fan

Distance:  14 miles (22.5km)

Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

In summary: Follow country lanes to the foothills of the Beacons where a steep climb brings you to the summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du with stunning panoramic views.  We return via the Tommy Jones memorial and follow the Taff trail back into town.  

Highlight: Scale Pen y Fan the iconic peak and the highest mountain in South Wales

Option 3 - 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


Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


Option 1 - Slwch Tump & Brecon Cathedral

Distance:  4.5 miles (7km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

In summary:  A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. 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 Brecon Canal

Distance:  7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary:  A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. 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 - Y Gaer

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary:  A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. 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 1 - Along the Canal

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 - Cradoc

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 3 - Fan y Big

Distance:  15.5 miles (24.5km)

Ascent: 2,450 feet (760m)

In summary: Start today’s walk by following the Taff Trail to the village of Llanfrynach. From here we ascend Fan y Big before returning to the Nythfa house on country roads and trails.

Highlight: Ascend Fan y Big with its cantilevered stone ‘diving board’ – a must for a photo


Option 1 - Pen y Crug

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

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: Ascend this iron age hillfort with distant views of the Beacons and visit Brecon’s historic cathedral

Option 2 - Cwm Oergwm

Distance:  9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. We walk along the tow path following the Canal out of Brecon, before continuing south on the Taff Trail to the village of Llanfrynach. From here we cross the foothills of the Beacons, following lanes and paths back to the house 

Highlight: Explore the magnificent amphitheatre of Cwm Oergwm and the pretty village of Llanfrynach

Option 3 - Pen y Fan

Distance:  14 miles (22.5km)

Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

In summary: A repeat from earlier in the week for 7 night guests. Follow country lanes to the foothills of the Beacons where a steep climb brings you to the summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du with stunning panoramic views.  We return via the Tommy Jones memorial and follow the Taff trail back into town.  

Highlight: Scale Pen y Fan the iconic peak and the highest mountain in South Wales


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

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


Option 1 - Tretower & Crickhowell

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: Walk through the fields to Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a contouring path across farmland 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 2 - 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 3 - Black Mountains Ridge

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)

In Summary: From Pengenfford we pass below Castell Dinas before ascending to a saddle with views down to the remote Grwyne Fechan valley. We eventually reach Crickhowell via a long, grassy ridge and Table Mountain. 

Highlight: The long grassy ridges of the Black Mountains offer a real sense of peace and tranquility.

 


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 - Dinas Rock & Waterfalls

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

In Summary: The walk starts at Dinas Rock and goes cross-country, downstream to Sgwd Gwladus - ending in Pontneddfechan.

Highlight: The walk includes most of the main waterfalls in this part of the Beacons as well as a chance to visit the cave entrance of Porth yr Ogof.


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


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 - 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.


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. 


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

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Getting to Nythfa House

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What to Bring

“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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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Duration:
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Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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