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, and the convivial atmosphere of our Country Houses will make sure you have an enjoyable time.
A Guided Walking holiday based in the traditional market town of Brecon is the ideal way to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, with its four mountain ranges.
- Walk to the dramatic waterfalls of the Hepste, Mellte and Nedd Fechan valleys
- Visit the bookworm’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
- For Solos: no single room charge and double rooms are available at no extra cost. Twin rooms are also available for sole occupancy at a special reduced price of £10 per night
- Exclusivity: we welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests
- 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: just five minutes’ walk from the centre of Brecon, with an indoor swimming pool
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together
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.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.
All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.
In the main house there is a large upstairs lounge, an attractive dining room and a spacious bar. The ballroom is suitable for dancing, evening talks and also for some of our indoor leisure activity holidays. This links with the pleasant conservatory which looks out onto the garden. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
A separate building houses the indoor swimming pool.
The house is surrounded by extensive gardens that contain a putting green and croquet lawn.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full Welsh breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local wildlife from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Arrival & Car Parking Facilities
- There is ample, free car parking available (tarmac / gravel)
- Two disabled parking spaces available close to the house (by the second entrance)
- The driveway to the house is tarmac (4m wide) with speed bumps
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main Entrance & Reception Area
- Access to the main front door of the house is via a 7.5 cm step and an inward opening standard width door
- The second entrance has 2 steps (6cm and 17cm height, followed by a 3cm to the floor level) with double doors providing a 121cm wide entrance
- The well-lit ground floor corridor is part carpeted, part quarry tiles
- The entrance hall gives level access to the dining room, bar, ballroom, conservatory, office, public toilet and 4 ground floor bedrooms. Seating available in the entrance hall
- There is no lift
Public Areas - Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc
- Most public areas are carpeted. The ballroom has wooden floor and the conservatory has quarry tiles
- Minimum corridor width is 130cm
- The main stairway has 18 steps. Each step is 16cm high, 26cm deep and 90cm wide. There is a hand rail
- There is no lift
- Good standard lighting throughout the house
Public Areas - Sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
- The lounge (1st floor) measures 7 x 10m with a large landing. There is a large number of arm/tub chairs, stools and coffee tables. All furniture is easily movable
- The lounge is fully carpeted and has a mixture of wall and ceiling lights
- Coal effect gas fire with guard rail and an electric fan heater on a hearth
- The guest internet computer is located in the lounge
- There is a single public WC on the ground floor
- The door width is 75cm, floor space 200 x 190cm
- The toilet seat is 42cm high and the wash basin is 83cm high
Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Bar area
- The fully carpeted dining room is on the ground floor. It is L-shaped and measures 10 x 8m and 2 x 9m
- It has 2 Welsh dressers, 6 round, 4 legged tables, each seating up to 9-10 people. The tables are 73cm high
- Seats have no arms, 50cm high, with 86 cm backs
- Waitress service both at breakfast and dinner times
- White / cream crockery, clear glassware. Standard cutlery
- Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival
- The carpeted bar area is situated adjacent to the dining room. It has various seating for up to 24 guests. There are 8 chairs with arms. Seat height 45cm, the seat back is 84cm. Round tables are 70cm high
- Swimming pool / art studio building is situated near the entrance gates (some 150 yards from the main house)
- There is a single step on the entrance. The height of the step is 7cm and the width is 140cm
- Open plan changing rooms with showers are on the ground floor
- The tiled swimming pool with a tiled surround is raised from ground level and is reached by 5 tiled steps. The pool measures 10 x 5 yards, and is sloping with the depth varying from 1.05m to 1.6m
- There are no disabled aids
- The water temperature is set to 32°C
- There are 2 toilets in the pool building. The toilet in the foyer has a door width of 73cm, toilet seat height of 44cm, wash basin height of 80cm and the approx floor measurement of 2 x 1.5m. The toilet between the changing rooms has a door width of 91cm, toilet seat height of 44cm, wash basin height of 79cm and the approx floor measurement of 2.7 x 1.7m
- There are 14 steps to the 1st floor studio. The steps are 19cm high, 26cm deep and 86cm wide. Wooden parquet flooring
- All bedrooms have fitted carpets and standard modern furniture. All except one of the bedrooms are with en-suite shower or bath
- Bedrooms are either single, twin or double bedded
- Kettle in each room with supplies of tea, coffee, sugar etc available
- All rooms are carpeted and well lit
- All furniture, including beds is movable
- Room 17 is directly off the ground floor corridor. There are 2 beds, each 59cm high. The approximate room size is 5 x 4m. The door width is 84cm
Bathroom, Shower-room & WC [en-suite or shared]
- All except one of the bedrooms are en-suite with either a shower or a bath. 1 bedroom has WC only
- The bathrooms either have a nonslip or lino flooring
- All showers are electric, single shower cubicle with hinged door and normal ground-level shower tray
- All baths are standard size with standard twist & turn taps
- No disabled aids available
- Room 17 has a shower room. Electric shower. The shower room door width is 68cm, the shower door is 60cm wide, a hinged single glass door. Shower tray measures 70 x 70cm and is 22cm high. The toilet seat height is 43cm and the wash basin is 82cm high. The flooring is non-slip vinyl
Grounds and Gardens
- The grounds around the house are level or slightly sloped, mainly laid to lawns with flower beds
- Seating available
- Gravel footpaths (some with raised edging)
- No lighting during the night
- 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
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.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
4 Nov 2016, 10:35 p.m.
Didn't mean to press Good, too, just Excellent
2 Nov 2016, 4:45 p.m.
There is always a warm welcome and the holidays are well organised
walks excellent and very well led
31 Oct 2016, 6:42 p.m.
Up to expectations.
Enjoyable, as always.
31 Oct 2016, 5:18 p.m.
Excellent solos walking
Good Hf house with excellent staff and catering. Walks were brilliant. Everything well organised
31 Oct 2016, 1:43 p.m.
Wonderful food and very pleasant staff.
The leaders were not quite as good as in my previous walks. Two of them seemed a bit detached and slightly superior in attitude.
31 Oct 2016, 9:28 a.m.
Leaders , very good and informative , and fun to be with .
31 Oct 2016, 7:53 a.m.
The Manager worked hard . In all my visit to HF houses I have never seen a Manager so hands on . I'm not sure if this is the way forward of HF or the house was short staffed.
I have been going on HF holidays for over 20 years and I'm disappointed the way the evening meals are now presented. The quality is there but there is too much emphasis on food presentation over quantity . One evening we had fish with three carrots . There were not enough vegetables. . Hungry younger men need more. One member of our group was still hungry after his meal andt he had to fill up on crisps and banana .
27 Oct 2016, 7:29 p.m.
I always enjoy HF holidays. They are ideal for someone who is alone as very sociable.
The house could do with some updating but the food was excellent.
27 Oct 2016, 6:28 p.m.
Was lovely to meet such a pleasant group of likeminded people
The service was excellent. Booking the holiday was easy and all staff were friendly, professional and accomodating.
The Leaders were knowledgable and ensured the walks were extremely enjoyable.
Evening entertainment was varied and great fun
Meals were of an exceptional quality.
Wouldn't have wanted to change a thing.
27 Oct 2016, 11:10 a.m.
Enjoyed the holiday very much. The leaders were exceptional.
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Dates & Prices
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|28 Apr 2017||BRBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Brecon||3||£339.00||£279.00||Book Now|
|28 Apr 2017||BRBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Brecon||7||£749.00||£649.00||Book Now|
|1 May 2017||BRBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Brecon||4||£459.00||£394.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person