Brecon Beacons Outdoor Escapes Holiday

Waterfalls in an isolated valley
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Outdoor Escapes
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £395pp £355pp

Experience the very best of the Brecon Beacons on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging, longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.

Holiday Highlights

Moment of the weekend

When you complete both an ascent of the national park’s mountains, ticking off the highest, Pen y Fan, and a waterfall walk, which are arguably the most scenic low-level walks in all of Wales. We’ll take you to the heart of waterfall country, where three rivers carve their way through soft rocks to form steep wooded gorges full of caves and cascades, including our pick, Sgwd yr Eira, where you can walk behind a huge curtain of water for a proper elemental experience. Still buzzing, it’s then time to go just around the corner to the Penderyn Distillery to discover how they’re bringing this water to life and winning awards for their Welsh single malt whiskey.

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Join us at Nythfa House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short, pre-dinner stroll into Brecon to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.


Enjoy the choice of 3 guided walks through 'waterfall country'; a highlight being the path behind the Sqwd yr Eira fall.

Option 1 - Waterfalls

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 640 feet (200m)

In Summary: Visit Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall on the Afon Mellte, then it's across to the Nedd Fechan river to follow the path downstream though a series of waterfalls.

Highlight: The stunning Sgwd Clun-gwyn is one of three stunning waterfalls on this stretch of the Mellte river, a highlight of this picturesque walk.

Option 2 - Waterfalls & Distillery

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: Explore the Afon Mellte visiting the series of waterfalls at Sgwd Clun-gwyn and then walk behind Sqwd yr Eira waterfall before heading on to the distillery in Penderyn for a guided tour (payable locally).

Highlight: The experience of walking behind a waterfall without getting soaked!

Option 3 - Dinas Rock & Waterfalls

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

In Summary: The walk starts at Dinas Rock and goes cross-country, downstream to Sgwd Gwladus - ending in Pontneddfechan.

Highlight: The walk includes most of the main waterfalls in this part of the Beacons as well as a chance to visit the cave entrance of Porth yr Ogof.


Head to the main peaks in the Central Beacons, including the summit of Pen-y-Fan.

Option 1 - Steam Trains and Sweeping Views

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: All our groups head out together today on the steam railway into the heart of the Brecon Beacons. From the end of the line, our walk treats us to sweeping views and a wonderful ridge walk with two beautiful reservoirs in the foreground, Pen y Fan on the horizon, and the rest of the Beacons surrounding us.

Highlight: A cuppa in one of the converted train carriages - now the cafe.

Option 2 - The Mountain Railway and Pen y Fan

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (560m)

In Summary: From the end of the line at Torpantau, we walk to the top of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, two of the summits at the heart of the Brecon Beacons, before descending to the cosy pub at Libanus.

Highlight: The stunning views over South and Mid Wales from the top of the high point of this National Park.

Option 3 - The Mountain Railway and the Four Tops

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (850m)

In Summary: Our linear take on one of the must-do hikes of the Brecon Beacons. Offering proper mountains, plunging waterfalls and stunning views, a well as a heritage steam train ride to start the day.

Highlight: A real high mountains hike, this walk takes in the four tops that make up the distinctive ridge-line of the Central Beacons. The post walk pint will be richly deserved after this great day out.


Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk to nearby Pen-y-Crug.

Pen-y-Crug

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: A half-day circular walk to the iron-age hillfort of Pen-y-Crug which rises above the town.

Don’t miss: We finish our walk in Brecon where you could take lunch in one of the pubs, or explore the town before your journey home.


Nythfa House

Pretty country pile Nythfa House stands above the traditional mid-Wales market town of Brecon and sits within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Having spent its early life as a large private house, the building has been converted into a comfortable country hotel. The interiors look like they’ve evolved naturally over time, staying rooted in the local area and house architecture while being filled with contemporary furniture and colours. As well as 28 rooms and a range of public spaces and an inviting indoor pool to tempt you, there are pretty grounds and a short walk to the streets of Brecon itself. The contrasting countryside close by provides challenges including sweeping ridges, an ascent of the Black Mountains and scaling Pen-y-Fan as well as more subtle strolls through the river-carved landscapes of the Melte Valley, along the trail of a series of awesome waterfalls, or time dawdling through the second bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of garden rooms across the grounds. With 28 rooms, Nythfa House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Opt for Rooms 6 or 7 in the main house for delightfully decorated, spacious places to stay, each with sumptuous views over the garden and Brecon Beacons. Room 21 is a quirky ‘Better’ room up in the eaves, with a separate sitting space and cosy bedroom, just mind your head on the low ceiling. Look out for the fresh floral designs in the pretty garden rooms too, which have their own small deck.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, indoor swimming pool, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring cascade country or the Beacons, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty garden to pause in, with a putting green and croquet lawn attached. Duck into the conservatory to enjoy views out over the gardens from under the twisting branches of an old vine. Across the way in a separate building is a good-sized indoor swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Whether you relax in the lounge, or get together with other guests for a board game or great conversation, make sure to make time for the cosy bar, and try a dram of award-winning whisky from the local Penderyn distillery, which uses water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s also a Welsh gin that’s wonderfully well regarded.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Nythfa House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. Make a beeline for the big bay window table to try Cawl Cennin, a leek broth, served with a Welsh Rarebit finger, followed by Tatws Pum Munud, a sort of Welsh stew, or double roasted Welsh lamb. The kitchen offers up an Asian influence as well courtesy of the towns Gurkha community, and you might enjoy Nepalese momos (dumplings) or fillet of sea bream marinated with Nepalese spices for an alternative take on local tastes. Whatever, round your evening off with South Wales marmalade sponge with lashings of Penderyn whisky custard.

Accessibility

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Getting to Nythfa House

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
11 May - 15 May
3 Outdoor Escape £549 £489 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
07 Aug - 10 Aug
3 Outdoor Escape £395 £355 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Outdoor Escapes
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

3 nights from £395pp £355pp

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