Brecon Beacons Guided Walking Tour 2021/2022

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : March to November
Start: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
End: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
Brecon Beacons Guided Walking Tour: 7 nights based at Nythfa House, Brecon, Brecon Beacons

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Admire the finest scenery in south Wales on our Guided Walking holidays. Discover a world of waterfalls, beautiful green valleys and superb mountain walks. The Brecon Beacons National Park offers contrasting landscapes, from the peaceful grassy ridges of the Black Mountains, to the distinctive summit of Pen-y-Fan, and mighty cascades of the Mellte Valley.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on full day walks to discover the varied beauty of the Brecon Beacons on foot
  • Admire panoramic views of rolling countryside and valleys in this spectacular corner of Wales
  • Let a local leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about Welsh history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of Britain’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Pick Up Location & TIme

Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Nythfa House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • 5 days guided walking + 1 free day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Abergavenny)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect
Brecon Beacons Guided Walking Tour Walking Grade: 2, 3, & 4.

Enjoy a full day’s walking with fellow guests and leave all the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we do best. Nobody knows the UK’s best places to walk like us. Our knowledgeable leaders make sure you’re never short of the inside story on local features, viewpoints and places of interest.

  • Unpack once
  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Choice of up to 3 walks per walking day with required transport

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. 

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (D)

Day 2River Usk Valley & Pen y Fan

Option 1 – Pen y Crug & Priory Groves
Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
In summary: This walk takes you around the outskirts of Brecon and into some beautiful woodland before the short climb to the summit of Pen-y-Crug and the hill fort. You will then descend back into Brecon via Maen Du Well and on to the cathedral before returning to Nytfha house.
Highlight: Ascend this iron age hillfort with distant views of the Beacons and visit Brecon’s historic cathedral.

Option 2 – Cwm Oergwm
Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)
Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
In summary: We walk along the tow path following the Canal out of Brecon, before continuing south on the Taff Trail to the village of Llanfrynach. From here we cross the foothills of the Beacons, following lanes and paths back to the house. 
Highlight: Explore the magnificent amphitheatre of Cwm Oergwm and the pretty village of Llanfrynach.

Option 3 – Pen y Fan
Distance: 14 miles (22.5km)
Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)
In summary: Follow country lanes to the foothills of the Beacons where a steep climb brings you to the summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du with stunning panoramic views.  We return via the Tommy Jones memorial and follow the Taff trail back into town.
Highlight: Scale Pen y Fan the iconic peak and the highest mountain in South Wales.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (B, L, D)

Day 3Waterfalls Country

Option 1 – Waterfalls country
Distance: 6.5 miles (11km)
Ascent: 800 feet (260m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: The waterfalls of this corner of Wales are truly spectacular – particularly after a period of heavy rain.

Option 2 – Sgwd yr Eira
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In summary: 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. 
Highlight: The Sgwd yr Eira waterfall is a real highlight; the path behind the cascade is a unique experience.

Option 3 – Dinas Rock & Waterfalls
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
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.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
A free day for you to explore the local area using the Discovery Point or relax in the Country House.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (B, L, D)

Day 5The Western Fans

Option 1 – Along the Usk Valley
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 520 feet (160m)
In summary: 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, through Priory Groves and back to Nythfa House.
Highlight: Wander through Priory Groves and explore Brecon’s magnificent Cathedral.

Option 2 – Fan Brycheiniog
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: This less visited part of the national park contains sweeping ridges with great views north over Mid Wales.

Option 3 – Aircraft Wreck & Western Fans
Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)
In summary: Up to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake and then around this with a steep ascent onto Fan Foel and along the spectacular Bannau Sir Gear ridge.  A gradual descent southwards to pick up the old drovers trail to where the Giedd river disappears underground. Continuing over broken ground to Carreg Goch.  Finally we cross wild moorland with numerous sink holes to end at Tafarn y Garreg.
Highlight: That ‘on top of the world’ feeling, walking along the Bannau Sir Gaer ridgeline high above and beyond the corrie lake.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (B, L, D)

Day 6The Central Beacons

Option 1 – Canal, Aqueduct & River Usk
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 300 feet (80m)
In summary: Follow the Canal tow path east out of Brecon to the village of Llanfrynach, then across country to join the River Usk back into the town.
Highlight: Bags of canal history including a sturdy stone aqueduct over the River Usk.

Option 2 – Pen y Fan
Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)
Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)
In summary: Walk to the top of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, two of the summits at the heart of the Brecon Beacons.
Highlight: There’s a great sense of achievement 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
Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)
Ascent: 3,100 feet (960m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: This classic route takes in all the key summits in the central Brecon Beacons; a fantastic high-level crossing of the main peaks.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (B, L, D)

Day 7High above Hay-on-Wye

Option 1 – Wye Valley & Hay-on-Wye
Distance: 6.5 miles (11km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
In summary: A circular walk along the River Wye to the village of Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye.
Highlight: 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 – Twmpa & Hay Bluff
Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)
Ascent: 2,250 feet (680m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: The walk along the Black Mountains escarpment is a real delight, with great views of the Wye Valley below.

Option 3 – Black Mountains North Ridge
Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5km)
Ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)
In summary: A traverse along the northern escarpment of the Black Mountains. We ascend the Dragon’s Back ridge past the 12th Century Castell Dinas, then enjoy a great walk to the summits of Twmpa and Hay Bluff.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
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Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: August 20, 27 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 24 $2,000 $2,280
2021: October 29 $1,840 $2,120
2021: November 5 $1,840 $2,120
2022: March 18 $1,900 $2,180
2022: April 8, 15, 25 $2,100 $2,380
2022: May 6, 13, 20, 27 $2,300 $2,580
2022: June 3 $2,300 $2,580
2022: July 8, 15, 22 $2,300 $2,580
2022: August 5, 12, 19 $2,300 $2,580
2022: September 2, 16, 30 $2,300 $2,580
2022: October 7, 21 $2,100 $2,380
2022: October 28 $1,900 $2,180
2022: November 4 $1,900 $2,180

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

This tour is also available in 3 or 4 night duration. 

This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

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. Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN

By Train:
The most convenient railway station is at Abergavenny.

By Taxi:
The 20-mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, A&A Cabs. As a guide price, it cost £35 per 4-seat taxi in 2020. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. A&A Cabs will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

A&A Cabs*
Tel: +44 (0) 1874 622288
Email: [email protected]
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nythfa House Manager.
*A&A Cabs is not owned or managed by us.

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 Tjunction (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.

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 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.

Hotel Descriptions
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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.

Address: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN

Room Amenities: 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.

Hotel Amenities: 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.

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