Brecon Beacons Guided Walking Holidays
Explore the Brecon Beacons on foot
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Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
- 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
Discover the Brecon Beacons on Foot
Explore the very best of the Brecon Beacons on our guided walks. We'll lead you to the most iconic sights, including the summit of Pen-y-Fan and the awesome waterfalls of the Mellte Valley, as well as to peaceful corners unseen by most visitors. Experience panoramic views, beautiful green valleys and rugged mountains as our friendly and knowledgeable guides bring the national park to life.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Nythfa House
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
Available on: 22 Jun 2019, 13 Jul 2019, 3 Aug 2019, 10 Aug 2019, 17 Aug 2019, 7 Sep 2019, 14 Sep 2019, 21 Sep 2019, 19 Oct 2019
Option 1: Tretower & Crickhowell
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Soak up the history of Tretower Court - a fine 14th Century manor house, and its attractive garden.
Option 2: Sugar Loaf
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Total ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend onto the summit of Sugar Loaf. We continue along the ridge and down into the beautiful Grwyne Fawr valley, and then into Crickhowell.
Don’t miss: The shapely summit of Sugar Loaf offers great walking, and beautiful views over the Usk Valley.
Option 3: Black Mountains Ridge
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: The long grassy ridges of the Black Mountains offer a real sense of peace and tranquility.
Tretower image: Credit Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
Available on: 23 Jun 2019, 14 Jul 2019, 4 Aug 2019, 11 Aug 2019, 18 Aug 2019, 8 Sep 2019, 15 Sep 2019, 22 Sep 2019, 28 Sep 2019, 20 Oct 2019, 26 Oct 2019
Option 1: Waterfalls country
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Total ascent: 800 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: A walk with two distinct sections. First over the hillls 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.
Don’t miss: A day of great contrasts - panoramic hilltop views, and dramatic waterfalls.
The Western Fans
Available on: 2 Jul 2019, 16 Jul 2019, 23 Jul 2019, 6 Aug 2019, 13 Aug 2019, 20 Aug 2019, 3 Sep 2019, 10 Sep 2019, 17 Sep 2019, 24 Sep 2019, 29 Sep 2019, 8 Oct 2019, 15 Oct 2019, 22 Oct 2019, 27 Oct 2019
Option 1: Along the Usk Valley
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 520 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Wander through Priory Groves and explore Brecon's magnificent Cathedral.
Option 2: Fan Brycheiniog
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: A big day out in wild country, with great views from the escarpment.
Images 1 & 3: © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
The Central Beacons
Available on: 3 Jul 2019, 17 Jul 2019, 24 Jul 2019, 7 Aug 2019, 14 Aug 2019, 21 Aug 2019, 4 Sep 2019, 11 Sep 2019, 18 Sep 2019, 25 Sep 2019, 9 Oct 2019, 16 Oct 2019, 23 Oct 2019
Option 1: Storey Arms to the Mountain Centre
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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 (15½km)
Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the top of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du, two of the summits at the heart of the Brecon Beacons.
Don’t miss: 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 (17½km)
Total ascent: 3,100 feet (960m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: This classic route takes in all the key summits in the central Brecon Beacons; a fantastic high-level crossing of the main peaks.
Images 2 & 3: © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
High above Hay-on-Wye
Available on: 4 Jul 2019, 18 Jul 2019, 25 Jul 2019, 8 Aug 2019, 15 Aug 2019, 22 Aug 2019, 5 Sep 2019, 12 Sep 2019, 19 Sep 2019, 26 Sep 2019, 10 Oct 2019, 17 Oct 2019, 24 Oct 2019
Option 1: Wye Valley & Hay-on-Wye
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk along the River Wye to the village of Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: A traverse along the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains. We ascend the Dragon's Back ridge past the 12th Centrury Castell Dinas, then enjoy a great walk to the summits of Twmpa and Hay Bluff.
Don’t miss: 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.
Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 1 Nov 2019, 4 Nov 2019
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Brecon Beacons - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
See our Spring & Winter Walks for further details.
Which break for me
Our 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.
Holidays operate throughout the year - see the dates & prices tab
Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and short breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.
Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging mountain walks for those who want to aim high. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights.
Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.
Outdoor Escapes at Brecon start on Fri 28 June and Fri 4 October 2019
This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Brecon Beacons; ideal if you want to take things a little slower. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles.
Gentle Guided Walking at Brecon start on Fri 14 June, Mon 17 June and Fri 30 August 2019
Spring & Winter Walking
Join us on our specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season.
We operate these walks between November and Easter - see Spring & Winter Walking at Brecon for further details
Other Guided Walking holidays at Brecon
Guided Walking for Solos - all our famous guided walks, with like-minded solo company
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
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:
Brecon 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
Big 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
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. www.herefordcathedral.org
Dan 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
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
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 to Brecon
Our address is: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN
The most convenient railway station is at Abergavenny. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 20 mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 45 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £35 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.
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
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 B4601for a mile into Brecon. Turn right at the second mini roundabout, then go straight on at the cross roads with traffic lights. After 500yds turn sharp right into Mount Street, then second left into Belle View Road. Stop at the top of the road at the T Junction then go straight ahead up the drive to Nythfa House.
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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Dates & Prices
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|22 Jul 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£529.00||£514.00||Book Now|
|2 Aug 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£375.00||£360.00||Book Now|
|2 Aug 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||7||£879.00||£839.00||Book Now|
|5 Aug 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£529.00||£514.00||Book Now|
|9 Aug 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£375.00||£365.00||Book Now|
|16 Aug 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||7||£879.00||£829.00||Book Now|
|16 Aug 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£375.00||£325.00||Book Now|
|19 Aug 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|2 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||7||£879.00||£849.00||Book Now|
|2 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|6 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||7||£879.00||£849.00||Book Now|
|6 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|9 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|13 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£375.00||£365.00||Book Now|
|13 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||7||£879.00||£804.00||Book Now|
|16 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|20 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||7||£879.00||£804.00||Book Now|
|20 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|23 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|27 Sep 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£365.00||£335.00||Book Now|
|7 Oct 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|14 Oct 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|18 Oct 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||7||£799.00||£699.00||Book Now|
|18 Oct 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£365.00||£320.00||Book Now|
|21 Oct 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|25 Oct 2019||BRBOB - Guided Walking - Brecon||3||£339.00||£294.00||Book Now|
|4 Nov 2019||BRBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Brecon||4||£435.00||£375.00||Book Now|
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