Brecon Beacons Outdoor Escapes Holiday
Exhilarating weekends - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose
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Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Get away from work for a long weekend’s walking and be surprised!
- By the range of guided walks, from wonderfully scenic routes that flow downstream through waterfall country, to climbs of Pen y Fan that culminate in a well-deserved pint in the pub at Libanus or harder ascents to bag the four tops that make up the ridge line of the Central Beacons.
- By how much you can do in a weekend when your guides know their stuff, from hopping a ride on the steam railway that chuffs into the heart of the Beacons to discovering an iron age fort.
- By the camaraderie and craic that comes from making discoveries and having adventures in a small group of like-minded people.
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.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
- 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
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.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
Outdoor Escapes at Brecon - 3 night holidays
Available on: 30 Aug 2019, 4 Oct 2019
Day 1: Arrival Day
Join us at our Nythfa House Country 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.
Day 2: Waterfalls
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)
The walk in a nutshell: Visit Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall on the Afon Mellte, then its across to the Nedd Fechan river to following the path downstream though a series of waterfalls.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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).
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: The walk starts at Dinas Rock and goes cross-country, downstream to Sgwd Gwladus - ending in Pontneddfechan.
Don’t miss: 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.
Day 3: The Brecon Beacons
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 (8½km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Day 4: Departure Day & Local Walk
Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk to nearby Pen-y-Crug.
Option 1: 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.
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 route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 20 mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 45 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £35 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 B4601for a mile into Brecon. Turn right at the second mini roundabout, then go straight on at the cross roads with traffic lights. After 500yds turn sharp right into Mount Street, then second left into Belle View Road. Stop at the top of the road at the T Junction then go straight ahead up the drive to Nythfa House.
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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