Outdoor Escapes at Brecon
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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.
Our Outdoor Escapes are an ideal way to end the working week. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with people on the same wavelength as you. During the day enjoy the choice of three guided walks - take it easy on our easier walks, or relish the challenge of our longer walks.
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
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• 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
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• 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 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.
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
Dan yr Ogof & the Western Fans
Available on: 18 Aug 2018
Option 1: Dan yr Ogof Showcaves
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Total ascent: 800 feet (250m)
The walk in a nutshell: A short leg stretcher onto the moorland above Criag y Nos Country Park, to the standing stones of Saith Maen, and the impressive Dan yr Ogof - the National Showcaves of Wales.
Don’t miss: Cathedral Cave - hauntingly beautiful!
Option 2: World War memorials
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: Beautiful walking over the lonely landscapes of Carreg Goch, visiting the haunting memorials and crash sites of Wellington Bomber MF509 and a Vampire fighter jet.
Don’t miss: Sinc Giedd where the river disappears underground.
Option 3: Western Fans
Distance: 12 miles (19½km)
Total ascent: 2,400 feet (720m)
The walk in a nutshell: Wild, rugged walking, to the hidden lake of Llyn Fan Fawr, the highest and most remote lake in the Brecon Beacons, then on to the spectacular Bannau Sir Gaer ridge west of Fan Brycheiniog, the highest peak of the Black Mountain.
Don’t miss: the Wellington Bomber MF509 memorial site.
Pen y Fan
Available on: 19 Aug 2018
Option 1: Mynydd Illtrud
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Total ascent: 160 feet (50m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk through the Nature Reserve of Mynydd Illtrud calling in at the Visitors centre and then down to Libanus and Tai'r Bull pub.
Don’t miss: Panoramic views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons
Option 2: Pen-y-Fan
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
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: The sweeping views over South and Mid Wales and maybe meet the Fan Dance Challenge walkers on Pen y Fan.
Option 3: Upper Neuadd Horseshoe
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 3,280 feet (1000m)
The walk in a nutshell: One of the must do hikes of the Beacons. Offering proper mountains, plunging waterfalls and stunning views. Inlcudes Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Wales.
Don’t miss: the chance to really stretch your legs on this classic horseshoe.
Brecon Mountain Railway
Available on: 21 Aug 2018
Option 1: Steam trains & sweeping views
Distance: 5 miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)The walk in a nutshell: Take 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 Pen y Fan on the horizon, and the rest of the Beacons surrounding us, before our return ride.
Don’t miss: A cuppa in one of the converted train carriages - now the cafe.
Option 2: Steam Trains and the Beacons
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: A steam train ride then we walk the old Roman Road to Beacons ridge and a stunning ridge walk with steep rock steps, taking us back to catch our train again.
Don’t miss: The chance to see Red kites soaring above.
Option 3: Steam Trains and Talybont
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
The walk in a nutshell: All aboard the steam train too, then up onto the ridges of the Beacons and down to Talybont reservoir and village.
Don’t miss: Stunning ridge walks and award winning pubs in Talybont.
Available on: 22 Aug 2018
Option 1: Hay Heritage
istance: 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, for a guided tour of the town with our local expert.
Don’t miss: The chance to 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: Llanbedr Horseshoe
Distance: 17½ miles (28km)
Total ascent: 3,100 feet (960m)
The walk in a nutshell: From Llanbedr we head up onto Crug Mawr then follow the ridge to Waun Fach, the highest point in the Black Mountains. Our return takes us on another magnificent ridge and includes Table Mountain before ending in charming Crickhowell.
Don’t miss: One of the best walks in the Brecon Beacons with amazing views of the whole of the Beacons.
Available on: 23 Aug 2018
Option 1: Waterfalls
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Total ascent: 640 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Visiting Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall on the Afon Mellte and then across to the Nedd Fechan river and following the path alongside this downstream though a series of waterfalls.
Don’t miss: The whole series of waterfalls on both river systems together with Swgd Gwladus which can be walked behind, although we do not since with this one you would get wet.
Option 2: Waterfalls & distillery
Distance: 4 miles (6km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the Afon Mellte visiting the series of waterfalls at Sgwd Clun-gwyn and then walk behind the Sqwd yr Eira waterfall and then onto the distillery in Penderyn for a guided tour. Note that the path each side of and behind the waterfall is rocky.
Don’t miss: the experience of walking behind a waterfall without getting soaked and touring round a distillery.
Option 3: Dinas rock & waterfalls
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)
The walk in a nutshell: The walk starts at Dinas Rock and goes across country following this downstream to Sgwd Gwladus and ending in Pontneddfechan.
Don’t miss: The walk includes most of the main waterfalls in this part of the Beacons as wall as a chance to visit the cave entrance of Porth yr Ogof.
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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|17 Aug 2018||BRBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Brecon||7||£845.00||£775.00||Book Now|
|17 Aug 2018||BRBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Brecon||3||£359.00||£319.00||Book Now|
|20 Aug 2018||BRBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Brecon||4||£515.00||£460.00||Book Now|
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