Brecon Beacons Spring & Winter Walking Holiday
Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season
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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.
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Brecon Beacons - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
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
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 up to three different walks each day
- We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
- 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
Up to 7½ miles with up to 1,100 feet of ascent
Up to 9 miles with up to 2,250 feet of ascent
Up to 14 miles with up to 3,150 feet of ascent
Detailed itinerary to follow
The Usk Valley and Western Fans
Available on: 5 Nov 2019
Option 1: Along the Usk Valley
Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: We start our walk four miles west of Brecon at the small village of Aberbran. We cross a pretty stone bridge and walk across fields and along a quiet road to Y Gaer, the site of a Roman cavalry outpost. We then follow a bridleway, sometimes muddy, to the western edge of Brecon and River Usk. We visit Brecon Cathedral and continue our walk through Priory Groves and across playing fields to the House.
Don’t miss: Wander through Priory Groves and explore Brecon's magnificent Cathedral.
Option 2: Cribarth
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting at Craig y Nos castle we walk steadily up and around the limestone ridge of Cribarth passing several old quarries before descending to the Tawe valley and the Country Park. We end our walk at Tafarn y Garreg further up the valley.
Don’t miss: At the heart of the Forest Fawr Geopark, this limestone ridge is a complete contrast to the red sandstone of the Central Fans.
Option 3: Fan Brychieniog
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: We ascend wild country to Lynn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level, and continue along the base of the Western Fans escarpment to ascend steeply the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog. We descend steadily along the Fan Hir ridge before a steep final descent to the Tawe valley and refreshment at Tafarn y Garreg.
Don’t miss: This less visited part of the national park contains sweeping ridges with great views north over Mid Wales.
Available on: 6 Nov 2019
Option 1: Sgwd Clun Gwyn
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: We visit Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall before walking over to the Nedd valley where we walk downstream passing a series of picturesque waterfalls. We pass old silica mine entrances along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village with welcoming pubs and a café.
Don’t miss: Look out for grey wagtails and dippers along the river edges as they search for flies and minnows above or amongst the fast flowing river channels.
Option 2: Waterfalls Country
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting near Ystradfellte we follow parts of the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their picturesque waterfalls, passing old silica mine entrances and finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village with welcoming pubs and a café.
Don’t miss: The waterfalls of this corner of Wales are truly spectacular - particularly after a period of heavy rain.
Option 3: Sgwd yr Eira
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting at the village of Penderyn we cross moorland on a good path before descending steeply on a rocky path to walk behind the Sgwd y Eira waterfall with steep steps up the far side of the gorge. We walk to Porth y Ogof to view the huge cave entrance and cross over to the Nedd Fechan valley which we follow down to Pontneddfechan on the same route as the Option 2 walk.
Don’t miss: The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall is a real highlight; the path behind the cascade is a unique experience.
High Above Hay on Wye
Available on: 7 Nov 2019
Option 1: Hay on Wye and Clyro
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Total ascent: 800 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Hay with a fine section along the banks of River Wye before ascending across farmland to the village of Clyro. We return to Hay across fields for a guided tour of the town and time to explore the many bookshops, cafés and galleries.
Don’t miss: Book-lovers may be lost for hours in the wonderful and many bookshops in Hay on Wye.
Option 2: Black Mountains
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: We walk from the village of Tregoyd where HF once had a House and pass below the escarpment to reach Hay Common below Hay Bluff. We take the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye with time to explore the many bookshops, cafés and galleries.
Don’t miss: The great views across the Wye valley from Hay Common.
Option 3: Twmpa
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 2,250 feet (680m)
The walk in a nutshell: We also walk out from Tregoyd and ascend the Black Mountains escarpment to Twmpa or Lord Hereford’s Knob. Crossing the road at the Gospel pass we then ascend Hay Bluff before taking the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye.
Don’t miss: On a clear day the views stretch north to the Long Mynd and Clee Hills in Shropshire.
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).
Dates & Prices
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|4 Nov 2019||BRSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Brecon||4||£435.00||£375.00||Book Now|
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