Brecon Beacons Self-Guided Walking Tour 2021

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4, 5 or 8 Days / 3, 4 or 7 Nights
Availability : March to November
Start: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
End: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
Brecon Beacons Self-Guided Walking Tour: 3, 4 or 7 nights based at Nythfa House, Brecon, Brecon Beacons

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Enjoy a break in the Brecon Beacons with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-Guided Walking holiday. Our tranquil 4-star country house, in the quiet market town of Brecon, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, plan your walks with our detailed route notes and make the most of this fantastic location from which to explore the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on one of the self-guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Brecon Beacons on foot
  • Admire panoramic views of rolling countryside and valleys, wide open hillsides and wildly beautiful forests in this spectacular corner of Wales
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about Welsh history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable house
  • Discover what makes the Brecon Beacons so special from the waterfalls and caves to its lakes.
  • 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)
  • Use of Discovery Point Library at the country house - stocked with maps, walks and local area information
  • Free time to explore the area

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily dinner
  • 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)
  • Local expenses such as transportation
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Go where you want, when you want. Take a relaxing stroll or try something more challenging. All our country houses have a Discovery Point with maps, guidebooks and local walks directions to help you tailor your stay.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
Brecon Beacons Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4

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

Arrival Day

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

Accommodation: Nythfa House (D)

Free Days

Check out the Discovery Point Library at the country house – stocked with maps, walks and local area information. 

For stays of 3 nights, you will have 2 days at your choice.

For stays of 4 nights, you will have 3 days at your choice.

For stays of 7 nights, you will have 6 days at your choice.

Accommodation: Nythfa House (B, L, D)

Departure Day

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

Local Area

Brecon BeaconsNythfa House

During your stay at Nythfa House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, on your journey to and from Brecon or if you are travelling on a self-guided holiday:

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.

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Travel underground at the excellent Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon and discover the life of a South Wales coal miner. Blaenavon is around 45 minutes’ drive from Brecon. 

Hay-on-Wye

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

Hereford is an attractive city, around an hour’s drive from Brecon. Hereford Cathedral houses the famous Mappa Mundi, a 12th century map of the world. 

National Showcaves Centre for Wales

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales is home to a series of impressive show-caves, some of the largest in Europe, which house some fine stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are around 30 minutes’ drive from Brecon. 

Tretower Court

Located near the village of Crickhowell, about 20 minutes’ drive from Brecon, Tretower Court is a fine Medieval fortified manor house. 

Cardiff

The vibrant Welsh capital of Cardiff is 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. 

Dates and Prices
3 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: March 12, 19 $770 $890
2021: April 2, 16, 23 $800 $920
2021: April 30 $840 $960
2021: May  7, 14, 21, 28 $840 $960
2021: June 4, 11, 18, 25 $840 $960
2021: July 2, 9, 16, 23 $840 $960
2021: August 7, 14, 21, 28 $840 $960
2021: September 10, 17 $840 $960
2021: September 24 $800 $920
2021: October 1, 8, 15, 22 $800 $920
2021: October 29 $770 $890
2021: November 5, 12 $770 $890
4 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: March 22 $940 $1,100
2021: March 29 $1,060 $1,220
2021: April 5, 19, 26 $1,060 $1,220
2021: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 $1,150 $1,310
2021: June 7, 14, 28 $1,150 $1,310
2021: July 5, 12, 19, 26 $1,150 $1,310
2021: August 23, 30 $1,150 $1,310
2021: September 6, 13, 20 $1,150 $1,310
2021: September 27 $1,060 $1,220
2021: October 4, 18 $1,060 $1,220
2021: November 1, 8 $940 $1,100
7 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 2, 16, 23 $1,770 $2,050
2021: April 30 $1,930 $2,210
2021: May 7, 14, 21, 28 $1,930 $2,210
2021: June 4, 11, 25 $1,930 $2,210
2021: July 2, 9, 16 $1,930 $2,210
2021: August 20, 27 $1,930 $2,210
2021: September 10, 17 $1,930 $2,210
2021: September 24 $1,770 $2,050
2021: October 1, 15 $1,770 $2,050
2021: October 29 $1,650 $1,930
2021: November 5 $1,650 $1,930

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 dhtour@dhtour.ca 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.

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: aandabrecon@yahoo.ie
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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