Guided Walking for Solos at Brecon
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Hills & moorland
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.
Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of walks in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Discover dramatic waterfalls, look out for Red Kites, and ascend the distinctive summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du.
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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
•Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• 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
• 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
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Large upstairs lounge
• Dining room and bar
• 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
|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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
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.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Saturday: Around Crickhowell
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.
Sunday: Waterfall Country
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.
Tuesday: The Western Fans
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.
Wednesday: The Central Beacons
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.
Thursday: High above Hay-on-Wye
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.
Terrain and transport
Easier Walks are in valleys and woodland with some moorland walking. Medium Walks are in valleys and over high moorland with some steeper and rougher paths. Harder Walks are over mountains and high moorland.
On some days the walks start or finish at Nythfa House; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our Guided Walking for Solos holidays, the holiday is especially for single guests.
Each seven holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the area independently.
In the evenings
Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
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 general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
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.
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 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.
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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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person