Brecon Beacons Walking with Sightseeing Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May 31 and August 9
Start: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
End: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
Brecon Beacons Walking with Sightseeing Tour: 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.

These holidays offer a perfect mix of short, guided walks (2.5-5.25 miles), combined with time spent sightseeing. Visit a selection of standout highlights in the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) with hassle-free coach travel and the help of an experienced leader.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Enjoying beautiful walks in Waterfall Country
  • Discovering the spectacular Dan yr Ogof Showcaves
  • Taking a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway steam train
  • Visiting Tretower Castle and Court
  • Exploring the towns of Hay-on-Wye and Crickhowell
  • Staying in the comfort of our country house in Brecon

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. Check out by 10:00am.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Nythfa House
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily packed lunches (L)
  • Dinner each night: Three-course plus tea & coffee (D)
  • Guided walks and sightseeing visits with an experienced Leader
  • All transport to and from walks and sites of interest

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

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

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. 

Walking tours with sightseeing include:

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from cream tea on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
  • Entrance fees are not included – choose locally 

The Walking tour with Sightseeing program is a combination of Guided Walking Tours and Discovery Tours to give you the best of both touring styles. 

Enjoy easier walks (6 – 8 km) that let sightseeing take center stage. We offer carefully-curated itineraries that balance sights, hikes, and activities. Let our experienced Leader introduce you to the heart of a region, highlighting the history, heritage, landmarks, wildlife, and more. 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival. (D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 2Tretower and Crickhowell

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Ascent: 100 feet (30m)

In Summary: We start with a morning visit to Tretower Court and castle, a ruined Norman stronghold and partially restored medieval manor house. Afterwards we walk through open fields and woodland to the Glanusk Estate, where we follow the River Usk downstream to Crickhowell. There is plenty of time to explore this attractive small town, voted one of the best towns in Wales with its own ruined castle, 14th century parish church and friendly shops and cafés. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 3Waterfall Country

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 650 feet (180m)

In Summary: 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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 4Free day - Brecon Beacons

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. 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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 5Dan yr Ogof and Craig-y-Nos

Distance: 2.5 miles (4.5km)

Ascent: 160 feet (50m)

In Summary: For a spectacular start to the day, we visit Dan yr Ogof, The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, an amazing and memorable experience. We pass Craig-y-Nos, an impressive 19th century castle once owned by the World-famous Opera singer, Dame Adelina Patti. A wonderful walk around the historic 40-acre Craig-y-Nos Country Park follows, with areas of shady woodland, meadow, and ponds. We then follow paths to Penycae. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 6Mountain Railways & Brecon Beacons

Distance: 5¼ miles (8½km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Taking the restored Brecon Mountain Railway steam train along the Pentwyn reservoir and up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog), we alight at Torpantau station, the end of the line. From here we walk beside the reservoir with sweeping views across the Beacons and explore Cwm Callan, a typical Welsh valley, before heading down beside Pontsticill reservoir to Pontsticill station. We reboard the train and enjoy a short return ride to Pant station. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 7Black Mountains and Hay-on-Wye

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) 

Ascent: 70 feet (20m)

Descent: 1,100 feet (350m)

In Summary: Amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Black Mountains and with views of the Wye Valley, our walk begins below Hay Bluff. We follow the famous Offa’s Dyke footpath, descending through fields and pastures to reach the well-known market town of Hay-on-Wye. There is plenty of time to explore the narrow streets, countless bookshops, and superb independent cafes of this popular and pretty town. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 8Departure Day

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

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2024: May 31 $2,560 $2,840
2024: August 9 $2,560 $2,840

Pricing

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

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


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.

During your Walking with Sightseeing Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

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: 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 ‘Classic’, ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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 ‘Premium’ 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.

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

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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