Guided Walking at Brecon

Wales

Code: BRBOB

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Hard
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Difficulty indicator

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 £279.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Admire the finest scenery in south Wales and discover a world of waterfalls, superb mountain walks and gentle riverside strolls.

The Brecon Beacons National Park offers contrasting landscapes, from the high moors and glacial lakes of the wild Black Mountains to the rushing streams and tumbling cascades of Fforest Fawr Geopark and the flat-topped hills of the Brecon Beacons.

Holiday highlights

  • Walk to the dramatic waterfalls of the Hepste, Mellte and Nedd Fechan valleys
  • Visit the book lover’s paradise of Hay-on-Wye
  • Savour the tranquillity of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
  • Ascend the distinctive summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du
  • Witness the spectacle of red kites

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
  • Accommodation: with an indoor swimming pool and just five minutes’ walk from the quaint market town of Brecon
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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Accommodation

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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV 
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
•Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Large upstairs lounge 
• 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

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.

 

Itinerary

 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Easier Walks    HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Medium Walks    HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard Harder Walks

Discover the best of the Brecon Beacons on our guided walks. Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Itinerary overview

C: The Western Fans

Available on: 25 Apr 2017, 9 May 2017, 16 May 2017, 23 May 2017, 6 Jun 2017, 13 Jun 2017, 20 Jun 2017, 27 Jun 2017, 4 Jul 2017, 11 Jul 2017, 18 Jul 2017, 25 Jul 2017, 22 Aug 2017, 29 Aug 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 25 Sep 2017, 3 Oct 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 24 Oct 2017

The mountain of Fan Foel

Today you can opt for a valley walk back to Brecon, ormore rugges walks in the Western Fans. This less visited part of the national park contains sweeping ridges with great views north over Mid Wales.

Easier Walk: Starting at Aberbran we have a leisurely walk across lanes and fields to the ancient Roman encampment of Y Gaer and then on to Brecon Cathedral and back to the House. 5 miles (8km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: We ascend wild country to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level, and continue along the base of the Western Fans’ escarpment to ascend the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog. We descend along the ridge of Fan Hir and over Alt Fach to the Gwyn Arms. 8 miles (12.5km) with 1,550 (480m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We start at the same place as the Medium Walk but we continue from Llyn y Fan Fawr to the second lake, Llyn y Fan Fach. We continue up onto the spectacular Bannau Sir Gaer ridge and onto Fan Foel and the same route back as the Medium Walk. 11½ miles (18.5km) with 2,650 feet (820m) of ascent.


D: The Central Beacons

Available on: 26 Apr 2017, 10 May 2017, 17 May 2017, 24 May 2017, 7 Jun 2017, 14 Jun 2017, 21 Jun 2017, 28 Jun 2017, 5 Jul 2017, 12 Jul 2017, 19 Jul 2017, 26 Jul 2017, 23 Aug 2017, 30 Aug 2017, 13 Sep 2017, 20 Sep 2017, 26 Sep 2017, 4 Oct 2017, 11 Oct 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 25 Oct 2017

The summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du in the Brecon BeaconsToday we head for the main peaks in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Choose from an Easier walk in the foothills, an ascent of Pen-y-Fan (the highest point in the national park), or a classic traverse of the four main tops.

Easier Walk: We head west to ascend to the Craig Cerrig-gleisiad Nature Reserve and Fan Frynych; we walk down the ridge with panoramic views onto Mynydd Illtud Common, ending at the National Park Visitor Centre. Some rough ground. 7½ miles (12km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: 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 the National Park Visitor Centre near the hamlet of Libanus. 8½ miles (14km) with 2,250 feet (680m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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. 11 miles (17.5km) with 3,150 feet (960m) of ascent.


E: High above Hay-on-Wye

Available on: 27 Apr 2017, 11 May 2017, 18 May 2017, 25 May 2017, 8 Jun 2017, 15 Jun 2017, 22 Jun 2017, 29 Jun 2017, 6 Jul 2017, 13 Jul 2017, 20 Jul 2017, 27 Jul 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 31 Aug 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 27 Sep 2017, 5 Oct 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 26 Oct 2017

Autumnal colours on the Black MountainsThe Black Mountains are a series of long grassy ridges, which rise up above the Wye Valley. Enjoy a choice of walks, either along the high escarpment, or alongside the river.

Easier Walk: A circular walk along parts of the River Wye valley, Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye. 6½ miles (11km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,050 feet (620m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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. 11½ miles (18.5km) with 2,200 feet (660m) of ascent.


A: Around Crickhowell

Available on: 6 May 2017, 13 May 2017, 20 May 2017, 3 Jun 2017, 17 Jun 2017, 24 Jun 2017, 1 Jul 2017, 8 Jul 2017, 15 Jul 2017, 22 Jul 2017, 19 Aug 2017, 26 Aug 2017, 9 Sep 2017, 16 Sep 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 30 Sep 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 14 Oct 2017, 21 Oct 2017

View over the Usk Valley to Sugar LoafExplore the green valley of the River Usk. Enjoy an Easier walk to medieval Tretower Court, or ascend to the shapely summits of Sugar Loaf or Table Mountain to gaze down on this enchanting rural scene.

Easier Walk: 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. 6½ miles (10km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From near Glangrwyney the walk ascends up onto Sugar Loaf, then along the ridge and down into the beautiful Grwyne Fawr valley to Llangenny, and then into Crickhowell. 8½ miles (14km) with 2,050 feet (640m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Pengenffordd we pass Castell Dinas, the remains of a 12th century castle, before ascending Y Grib ridge on to the Black Mountains plateau and on to the summit of Waun Fach – our high point of the day. We descend onto Table Mountain to finish in Crickhowell. 12½ miles (20.5km) with 2,600 feet (780m) of ascent.


B: Waterfall Country

Available on: 7 May 2017, 14 May 2017, 21 May 2017, 4 Jun 2017, 18 Jun 2017, 25 Jun 2017, 2 Jul 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 16 Jul 2017, 23 Jul 2017, 20 Aug 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 1 Oct 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 15 Oct 2017, 22 Oct 2017

The Sgwd yr Eira waterfallThe waterfalls of the Hepste and Mellte Valleys are truly spectacular - particularly after a period of heavy rain. Our choice of walks visit a series of these mighty cascades, including Sgwd yr Eira where you can walk behind the torrent.

Easier Walk: Starting near Ystradfellte we follow parts of the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their picturesque waterfalls, finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: 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. From Nedd Fechan we follow the same route as the Easier Walk. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: This walk contours round towards Fan Frynych, joining the Beacons Way along the stunning ridge of Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia, then down into waterfall country along the Nedd Fechan to Pontneddfechan. 14 miles (22.5km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Leader of Guided Walking holidayOur best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.

 

 

We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:


Guided Walking - Classic Breaks

Group of guests enjoying a drink

NEW from HF Holidays Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests

During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.

 

Classic Breaks at Brecon start on Fri 21 and Mon 24 July 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab

See our full list of Classic Breaks


Guided Walking for Solos

Two guests walking along a pathWe welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.

See Guided Walking for Solos at Brecon for further details

 

 

 


Other Guided Walking holidays at Brecon

Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits

Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks

Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike

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. www.breconcathedral.org.uk or www.dragonfly-cruises.co.uk

 

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. www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit

 

 

Hay-on-Wye
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
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. www.herefordcathedral.org

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. www.showcaves.co.uk

 

 

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. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

 

 

Cardiff
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. www.visitcardiff.com

 

Tretower Court image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government, Big Pit image ©Big Pit National Coal Museum

Travel

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Wales 

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.

 

Bus

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 www.traveline.info

 

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

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

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  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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