Guided Walking for Solos at Brecon

Code: BRBOS

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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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Holiday overview

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.

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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.

 

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Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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 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.
 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.

Accessibility

More details on Brecon accessibility

Additional Information 

  • 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

Itinerary

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 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
 

Saturday: Around Crickhowell

Option 1: Tretower & Crickhowell

Exterior of Tretower Court

Distance: 6½ miles

Total ascent: 900 feet

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

Trig point at the top of Sugar Loaf

Distance: 8½ miles

Total ascent: 2,050 feet

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

View over the Usk Valley to Sugar Loaf

Distance: 8½ miles

Total ascent: 2,250 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk past Castell Dinas and up the Y Grib ridge onto the Black Mountains plateau. The summit of Waun Fach is our high point of the day before descending to Table Mountain and Crickhowell.

Don’t miss: The long grassy ridges of the Black Mountains offer a real sense of peace and tranquility.

 

Sunday: Waterfall Country

Option 1: Waterfalls country

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Distance: 6½ miles

Total ascent: 800 feet

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

The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,300 feet

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

Waterfalls in the Mellte Valley

Distance: 14 miles

Total ascent: 2,00 feet

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.

 

Tuesday: The Western Fans

Option 1: Along the Usk Valley

Red kite

Distance: 5 miles

Total ascent: 450 feet

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.

Don’t miss: There's plenty of time to explore Brecon; perhaps visit the Cathedral, discover the local pubs, or enjoy a swim in the pool at Nythfa House.

Option 2: Fan Brycheiniog

The mountain of Fan Foel

Distance: 8 miles

Total ascent: 1,550 feet

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

Walking in the Beacons

Distance: 11½ miles

Total ascent: 2,650 feet

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 escarpment above, 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.

 

Wednesday: The Central Beacons

Option 1: Fan Frynych

View from the Beacons

Distance: 7½ miles

Total ascent: 1,100 feet

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

Summit of Corn Du

Distance: 8½ miles

Total ascent: 2,250 feet

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 achievment 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

Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons

Distance: 8½ miles

Total ascent: 2,250 feet

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.

 

Thursday: High above Hay-on-Wye

Option 1: Wye Valley

Bridge over the River Wye

Distance: 6½ miles

Total ascent: 850 feet

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: Hay Bluff

View from Hay Bluff over the Wye Valley

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 2,050 feet

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 Ridge

Autumnal colours on the Black Mountains

Distance: 11½ miles

Total ascent: 2,200 feet

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.

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).

 Quantas Boeing 747

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