Mother’s Day in the Brecon Beacons

There are plenty of special things to do, places to visit and lovely gifts to buy your Mother, in the Brecon Beacons this Mothers Day on the 26th of March. 

Special Things to Do

1. Mothers Day Botanical Gin Workshop

Let’s face it. Your Mum deserves to be spoiled rotten all year round. But this perfect Mother’s Day treat will make her feel very special indeed….a Botanical Gin Workshop, in which she’ll find out how to make her own unique signature blend of her favourite tipple!

Taking place at Talybont Village Hall between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday 26th March, here’s what to expect….

  • Weather permitting, a short forage to identify wild and cultivated botanicals. (Don’t worry – I’ve got a back-up plan in case of rain!)
  • Lots of info about the weird and wonderful history of gin….
  • A stash of rare and exotic spices and other ingredients to play with…
  • A generous 300ml jar your unique and delicious blend to take home…

AND……. a cocktail (or two) plus nibbles! Also, guess what…non-Mums and even chaps are very welcome too!

£21.50 per ticket payable via paypal or direct bank transfer. Gift vouchers also available. Call Adele on 07581 226524 for further details or email breconbeaconsforaging@gmail.com

2. Treat your mum to an Overnight Pamper Package at Ty Croesounnamed (17)

3. Pamper treat at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

There’s a treat in store for mum on Sunday March 26 with FREE entry to a special ‘pamper day’ at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There is an impressive line-up of beauticians, make-up experts and local food and drink producers offering a unnamed (18)tempting range of tasters including a free glass of elderflower champagne, facials, skin care advice, manicures, pedicures – and all free of charge for mam!

Every mum is also promised tasty titbits and sumptuous samples from a range of stallholders – from Welsh cakes, shortbread biscuits, Carmarthenshire cheese and sheep soap, as part of their Mothers’ Day visit.

Organiser Steffan John said: “As well as free entry on the day to this gorgeous Garden, mums are in for a real treat with all sorts of people offering all kinds of goodies including a free glass of champagne!” “We also have some lovely music to suit all tastes, including our favourite harpist Shelley Fairplay, two ladies’ choirs and folk duo Fiddlebox. In addition, there’s fun and games and magic and mystery with conjurer Luke Jugglestruck dropping by, an opportunity to have a go at archery and special flying displays by Pembrokeshire Falconry.” Steffan added: “So, why not treat mam or mam-gu to a great day out including lunch in our award-winning Seasons restaurant – it’s going to be a brilliant day and, let’s face it, it’s the least you can do!”

* The National Botanic Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm, with last entry at 3.30pm. Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid donation) but FREE to all mums on Sunday March 26. For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk  or go tohttps://botanicgarden.wales/

4. Mum’s go free at Cantref Adventure Farm

Mums can come into Cantref Adventure Farm freMother's Daye of charge when accompanied by a paying customer on Sunday 26th of March as a special Mother’s Day Gift. There’s lots of cute baby lambs to see along with shows every half an hour and loads of indoor and outdoor play to keep the kids entertained.

With our special on-line package of entry and Sunday Roast from only £8 for the rest of the family it is a great value family day out in the Brecon Beacons this Mother’s Day. Info here.

5. Mothers Day Sunday Lunch at Caer Beris Manor

Enjoy the finest locally produced Sunday Lunch at the Award winning restaurant at Caer Beris Manor, with a complimentary glass of prosecco for every mother this mothers day!
All guests are more than welcome to take a wander in the grounds, with the tree trail guiding you around. This year is extra special as it’s the 90th anniversary of their gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme-one of the very first in 1927 when the scheme started! Book here.MothersDay-page-001.jpg

Give your mother a treat…

… with Brecon Mountain Railway.

Travel by Steam hauled train to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons and on your return mum can enjoy lunch in their licensed Tearooms.

...with Peterstone Court Spa
Simply sit in their Moroccan styled relaxation room after a treatment, have a drink and just chill-out!

…with The Manor Hotel
Being the only hotel in the area to have a leisure suite, take her to relax  in their heated leisure pool (7.3m x 3.6m), sauna, steam room, or Jacuzzi. Why not stay for thier special Mothers Day Lunch-menu here.

Gift Guide

1. Bread Kits from Talgarth MillSpicy Fruit Loaf Pic
The flour used is milled with Talgarth Mill Flour from locally sourced wheat and the kits are assembled by our wonderful team of volunteers.  Try our new improved Spicy Fruit Loaf Kit with double the fruit or our new improved Herb and Tomato Bread Kit with lots more sundried tomatoes for a really tasty loaf.  Find out more here

Black  Mountain Gold Chocolate2. Black Mountain Gold Chocolate

Something for the sweet-tooth. What about a gorgeous box of Black Mountain Gold Chocolates? Chose a mix of creamy white, milk and dark Belgian Truffles…….make sure you pick a big box so there’s plenty to share…..!  Buy online here

3. Penderyn Whisky

Penderyn Whisky

For the one who likes a tipple. If you know someone who likes nothing better than sipping away at a scotch or gin at the end of the day, forget the big names and watch them marvel at the taste of one of Penderyn award wining welsh whisky’s or gin’s. Or why not book a tour of the distillery for something to look forward to-find out more here.

4. A delicious bottle of Welsh Wine

© Sugar Loaf Vineyard

© Sugar Loaf Vineyard

In the Brecon Beacons we are proud to have two vineyard’s Sugar Loaf Vineyard, and White Castle Vineyard.  What better way to celebrate than by giving a bottle or two of Welsh Wine! Find out more here

5. Packed-full hampers

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Authenically Welsh provide a wonderful range of hand packed hampers bursting with flavoursome Welsh foods … delivered  directly to your doorstep – perfect for a really Welsh gift this Mothers Day, Have a look at all the hampers and order yours online. Or why not treat her to a Mother’s Day Hamper with Black Mountains Smokery. Full of award winning local produce delivered to your door or for collection from Crickhowell. www.smoked-foods.co.uk

Don’t forget to check one of our many farmers markets for special treats – find out more here. Or why not treat her to tickets to Green Man Festival if shes a folk fan, or snatch early-bird tickets now for Hay Literary Festival if shes a keen book reader?

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Win an EPIC Family Day Out in the Brecon Beacons this Easter – enter today!

The Easter holidays are fast approaching and the Brecon Beacons is the perfect place to spend it with your family.

We have teamed up with some of our activities providers to offer you the chance to win an EPIC day out in the Brecon Beacons for you and your family this Easter.

To enter, simply sign up to our Brecon Beacons newsletter here

Epic day out in the Brecon Beacons Comp

Prizes include:

To enter, simply sign up to the Brecon Beacons newsletter here

Where to Stay for your visit 

The Brecon Beacons offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all your requirements to make the most of your visit to the National Park! Whether you want to bring your dog along so need pet-friendly accommodation, are bringing your family along or fancied coming with a group of friends there will be somewhere for you!  Plan where you’ll stay here

Terms and Conditions of the Competition
1. This contest will end on Sunday 2nd April 2017. We will contact the winners by email’s provided when you sign up to the Brecon Beacons Newsletter.   If we can’t contact the winner or receive no reply to our messages after three attempts then we will have to re-select a winner.

2 These terms and conditions apply to the “Win an Epic day out in the Brecon Beacons for Easter” (the “Promotion”) and by entering, entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions in their entirety.

3. No purchase is necessary to enter the Promotion.

4. The Promotion is only available to residents of United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man who are aged eighteen (18) or over. Brecon Beacons Tourism reserves the right to request identification in order to verify that participants meet these criteria.

5. The promoter of this Promotion is http://www.breconbeaconstourism.org (the “Promoter”)

6. To enter the Promotion, you must submit your full name and e-mail address. Only entries which provide full information will be accepted. The Promoter will use the email address submitted in order to contact the winner so you must ensure a valid email address is used.

7. Only one (1) initial entry per email address will be accepted.

8. The competition will end at 12 midnight GMT on Sunday 2nd April Wednesday 14th  (the “closing date”). Entries received after the closing date will not be processed.

9. There will be Five (5) winners selected at random from all of the entries validly submitted in accordance with these terms and condition. The winners will be notified via the e-mail address provided.

9. The prizes all have Terms and conditions which will apply, they activities must be agreed and booked in advance with the provider.  Subject to availability and age restrictions apply.

 

9.1 Family adventure day out with  – Hawk Adventures The prize is for a family of 5 to take part in an activity of their choice and experience a high quality and fun adventure day out with one of our qualified instructions.

Activities available include: Bushcraft, Caving, Canyoning, Climbing & Abseiling, Gorge Walking, Orienteering

 

9.2 Family day tickets to Dan y Ogof

 

 

 

Must be prior booked, tickets for a family of 5 to be taken between April and October 2017.

9.3 1/2 day canoeing for 2 with Interactivities Outdoor Adventure  on the Canal or River Wye

-Subject to availability. To be taken by end of September 2017

-Must be able to swim

-Includes all safety gear and pick up at end of trip.

 

 

9.4 1/2 day family bike hire with Drover Cycles in Hay

– Subject to availability

– Must be taken before the end of Easter 2017Prize covers the cost of hire for two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Up to two pets (provided they are happy to share our tail wagon trailer) go free.

– Additional adults and children are welcome to hire at the same time, as part of a                   larger family group, but would pay the standard rate.

9.5 A falconing experience with Mountain and River Activities 

10. The Promoter reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this promotion at any time without prior notice.

The prizes must be claimed and used subject to the provider’s terms and conditions once notified.  If the winner does not claim the prize from the Promoter

11. The prizes are non-exchangeable and non-transferable. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and that are not specifically included in the prize.

12. No entries from agents, third parties, organised groups or applications automatically generated by computers will be accepted. No incomplete or corrupted entries will be accepted. Any entries not in accordance with the entry instructions will be rejected.

13. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

14. Please note these terms and conditions may be changed and updated for different contests without notice.
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Afternoon Teas to Treat your Mum to this Mother’s Day

Whether enjoyed in a 5-star hotel or a delightful Welsh Cafe, Afternoon Tea is one of the best ways to treat your Mum this Mother’s Day!  The Brecon Beacons have some of the finest Afternoon Teas around, using local produce to create an afternoon tea worth having! Here are our top 14 places to enjoy afternoon tea this Mother’s Day

Llangoed Hall 

Afternoon tea at Llangoed Hall
Where?
A country mansion next to the River Wye, just next to the A470 near Llyswen, on the fringes of the Brecon Beacons.

What can you have? Sandwiches, homemade fruitcake, cream pastries, trifle, homemade scones, preserves and clotted cream, elderflower champagne if you’re feeling indulgent, all served on beautiful and exclusively designed bone china crockery. Full menu here 

A simple Cream Tea is £15 per person; Welsh Tea with bara brith and Welsh cakes is £12.50; the Full Afternoon Tea, including cakes and pastries from Llangoed Hall Patisserie is £26; the Laura Ashley Afternoon Tea, with a glass of elderflower champagne, is £32.50, or the champagne afternoon tea is £40.

Angel Hotel High Tea at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

Where? A grand hotel right in the heart of Abergavenny, just down the street from the town’s bustling market.

What can you have? Choose between afternoon tea, which involves sandwiches, scones, freshly cakes and pastries, and your choice of teas, infusions or coffee, or high tea, to which you can add a selection of warm savoury pastries. The hotel is one of very view holders of a Tea Guild Award of Excellence outside London. It cost £21.80 per person for afternoon tea, or £26.80 per person for high tea

The Hours Cafe and Bookshop

Where?
Situated on Ship Street in the Market town of Brecon in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, known for its quirky exterior.

What can you have? The Hours have a selection of Sandwiches available, served on locally baked granary or white bread with Penpont Estate organic salad. They also serve a selection of sweets, including teacake and Welsh Cakes. They sell a range of coffee and tea

Foyles of Glasbury

Where? located in the pretty riverside village of Glasbury on Wye, just four miles from Hay on Wye, 12 miles from Brecon and 25 miles from Hereford.

What can you have? Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3-5pm.  A perfect place to pop in and have a relaxing afternoon tea.  Choose from a selection of teas and coffees, or why not try one of their cocktails? Lovely to sit outside in the sunshine and watch the world go by.


The Welsh Venison Centre 

Where? Just off the A40 in Bwlch between Abergavenny and Brecon, with Venison roaming in the fields around the Farm Shop.

What can you have? Stop for a cup of tea and slice of cake, admire the stunning views of the Brecon Beacons, and see deer, sheep and cows roaming the fields. Enjoy a spot of shopping in their farm shop afterward.


The Gliffaes Hotel 

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Where? Overlooking the River Usk in its own grounds. Follow signs for Gliffaes from the A40 west of Crickhowell.

What can you have? Take your homemade cakes to the terrace and enjoy the sun or sit by the fire if chilly. They serve their tea buffet style so you can help yourself from the selection of scones, sandwiches, and cakes…and then come back for more if you want. Afternoon Tea costs £15 per person.

Llansantffraed Court

 

Where? An elegant mansion just north of the A40 between Abergavenny and Raglan, just outside the borders of the Brecon Beacons National Park. You’ll need to take the A4598 to get there, rather than the dual carriageway.

 

What can you have? A choice of three teas named after local villages: the Llanvihangel Tea offers a selection of finger sandwiches with a pot of tea or coffee; the Llanarth Tea pairs Welsh cakes or scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam together with tea, coffee or a selection of fruit or herb infusions; or the Llansantffraed Full Afternoon Tea features finger sandwiches, fruit cake, Welsh cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam, plus tea or coffee. The Llanvihangel Tea is £10.25, the Llanarth Tea is £11.75 or the Llansantffraed Full Afternoon Tea is £15.

The Manor Hotel Where? Just outside the main town and high street, in a prominent position just off the A40.

What can you have? The Afternoon Tea Menu is served daily from 12noon till 6.00pm. They serve a great selection of fresh sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam.

The Dragon Inn 
Where? The historic Dragon Inn is an old hostelry located directly on Crickhowell High Street, just down past the butchers and florist.

What can you have? Afternoon Tea is a specialty and a favourite at the Dragon and should not be missed. All produce for the teas are sourced locally including local jams and homemade scones. Perhaps add a bottle of Prosecco or Champagne for that special occasion!

Bedwellty House 
Where? Bedwellty House is a Grade II-listed house and gardens in Tredegar, in the Sirhowy Valley in southeast Wales

What can you have? Treat yourself to a spot of luxury with a fabulous Afternoon Tea. They have a delicious selection of homemade sweet and savoury treats to enjoy in their Orchid House Tea Room, costing £12.50 per person.

The Lake Country House HotelWhere? In the heart of mid-Wales lies this country hotel set within 50 acres of parkland with lake and riverside walks, not far from Builth Wells. The hotel is a perfect base to explore the Brecon Beacons.

What can you have? Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the lounge or outside which includes finger sandwiches, scones with preserves and cream, homemade cakes and pastries and a selection of teas and coffees for £18.00 per person.

Ty Newydd Country HotelWhere? Lies on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. Local attarctions include Caerphilly Castle or Blaenavon, country parks, forest drives, waterfalls and narrow gauge railways.

What can you have? Afternoon Tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches, bara brith (traditional Welsh fruit loaf), Welsh cakes and scones with cream and strawberry jam, served with a choice of tea or coffee. From £36

Old Barn Tea Room

Where? west of the Pontsticill Reservoir, in Torpantau, Merthyr Tydfil, South of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

What can you have? They serve a variety of cakes and teas, known for their fresh scones.

We hope this has wet your appetite and you will be going along to one of these marvelous locations in the Brecon Beacons soon! Or why not check out our top cafe blog here!

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Theatr Brychieniog launches the Wales Extreme Film Prize

 

wales extremeTheatr Brycheiniog are delighted to be launching the Wales Extreme Film Prize, a new international prize for young film
makers. Funded by Film hub Wales and organised by Theatr Brycheiniog, the Wales Extreme Film Prize (WEFP) will take place in Brecon on Saturday 18 th March 2017.

The prize invites filmmakers aged 21 and under from across the world to submit their films that have an extreme sport at the heart of the subject. The films can be fiction, documentary, animations or music video but must be ten minutes or less in length.

“At the heart of the Brecon Beacons, Theatr Brycheiniog are perfectly placed to launch an Extreme Festival. We are so excited about showcasing the best from around the world in terms of extreme sports film, adventurers, and interactive workshop.” – Martyn Green, CEO,  Theatr Brycheiniog.

There are six awards up for grabs and a panel of industry professionals will gather to decide on the winners from the shortlisted films. All the shortlisted films will be screened on Saturday 18 th March 2017. The Closing date for entries is the 31 st January 2017, for more details and information on how to enter please visit http://www.brycheiniog.co.uk/bbef.

The new film prize will form part of the inaugural Brecon Beacons Extreme Festival running from the 15 th – 18 th March 2017 at the theatre. The festival will host the BANFF film festival, a screening of The Black Hen, a delightful Nepali film set in the awesome Himalayas during the Maoist insurgency about two young boys belonging to different castes and social creeds who devise a plan to make some money by raising a hen and selling its eggs.

On Friday Ash Dyles is on the stage talking about his trek through Madagascar. On his latest adventure, he contracted the deadliest strain of malaria, was held up by the military, dodged bandits and much more. Tickets for all of the above are on sale now.

The Saturday sees the culmination of the festival with a full programme to be announced early in 2017, but it will include masterclasses in the film, an extreme sports demonstration, and workshop plus the presentation of the Wales Extreme Film Prize awards.

For information on the Brecon Beacons Extreme Festival visit: http://www.brycheiniog.co.uk/bbef. To download the application form and guides for the Wales Extreme Film Prize visit:  http://tinyurl.com/h6fulew

Where to Stay for your visit 

The Brecon Beacons offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all your requirements to make the most of your visit to the National Park! Whether you want to bring your dog along so need pet-friendly accommodation, are bringing your family along or fancied coming with a group of friends there will be somewhere for you!  Plan where you’ll stay here.

Notes to Editor:

1. For more information on the Brecon Beacons Extreme Festival and Wales Extreme Film Prize contact Lisa Davies on Jazz@brycheiniog.co.uk or 01874 611622

2. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon’s Centre for the Arts opened in April 1997, as the first wholly funded Lottery new build arts organisation in the UK. The venue currently provides a varied programme of theatre, dance, music and entert
ainment in its purpose built 477 seat auditorium and 120-seat studio/rehearsal space. It also hosts an exhibition programme in the Gallery.

3. BANFF – The 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival UK and Ireland Tour will feature two unique and entirely different film programmes, Theatre Brycheiniog will be presenting the RED film programme – http://www.banff-uk.com/films

4. Download Logos here – http://tinyurl.com/jrtq95k

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View the Brecon Beacons from home

This year people around the world will be able to ‘walk’ in the Brecon Beacons National Park without even having to leave your own home.  We hope the breathtaking 360° images will inspire you to plan a visit this year.

Iconic sections of the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales are available for the first time this year on Google Maps Street View.

 

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Photo Credit: Google Steet View

 

National Park Authority wardens, staff, and volunteers spent months last summer carrying the 23kg Street View Trekker camera up and down miles and miles of some of the most scenic trails in the park including parts of the Beacons Way, Offa’s Dyke Path and the Gunpowder trail. The Trekker loaned to the Authority takes a series of pictures to create the panoramic view users of Google are now familiar with.

Other spots captured include the leafy trails of Craig y nos Country Park, the ruins of Llanthony Priory, the beauty of the Blaen-y-glyn waterfalls and many more.  You can see the full list here.

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Photo Credit: Google Steet View

 

Find out more about planning your visit to the National Park here

 

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10 reasons to Visit the Brecon Beacons in Spring

The Brecon Beacons become a patchwork of colour during Spring, with Daffodils, lambs and lighter evenings making it a wonderful time of the year to visit! Here are some of our ideas on how to enjoy those first few days of spring…

Visit Wales ©1. Meet the Lambs!

Get up close and personal and feed fluffy little lambs at Cantref Adventure Farm! Bottle feeding the lambs is a hands on experience you will never forgot making magical memories from your family day out in the Brecon Beacons.

Between Easter and the end of July, you can bottle feed our cute fluffy baby lambs and from the beginning of the summer holidays until end of October half Term you can bottlefeed our cheeky kid goats. Details here.

2. Get hiking

Read some of our Walk Wednesday blogs for inspiration to dust off those walking boots and head for the hills!

More about walks here.

Llangorse lake

3. Surround yourself with the Butterflies at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales and immerse yourself in the blooming beauties. Some plants have come as far as California, Austrailia and Chile! You’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, a new tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year. Find out what’s on at the Garden this spring here.

Credit: National Botanic Gardens: CC-Laura Jones

4. At last… picnic time!Gliffaes Hotel ©

Pack a picnic full of lovely treats from our local shops and producers and then finish off with an ice-cream from Llanfaes Dairy! More activity ideas here.

5. Enjoy a drink and good food in the sun

There are so many lovely beer gardens around the Brecon Beacons but our favourites have to be The Star Inn, Talybont by the side of the canal, the Gliffaes Hotel for its stunning views from the terrace or The Bridge, Crickhowell overlooking the River Usk. For more information on pubs in the area click here.

6. Go Underground

If the Spring weather isn’t quite what’s expected (it is Wales!), why not escape the rain and head underground? There are beautiful natural playgrounds to be found in the Beacons, hidden from view…The caves and mines underneath the hills are waiting to be explored! Visit Dan Yr Ogof Caves, Dolaucothi Gold Mines or go caving with your friends with Hawk Adventures. If you’re looking for a free day out Big Pit is the place to go! 

 

7. Visit our Towns and Village

The Brecon Beacons is ringed with characterful market towns while, further inside our Park, the River Usk, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the shores of Llangorse Lake are dotted with pleasant country villages and sleepy hamlets.

Together, our towns and villages reflect our history and heritage as a mining, quarrying and farming region and our role as custodians of a beautiful region of hills, valleys, lakes and waterways. Our towns and villages also offer great places to stay, eat, shop, fix up outdoor activities and chat about things to see and do. Find out more here

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Hay Tours can show you all there is to know about Hay-on-Wye

8. Be a King for a day at our many Castles

Wales is home to some of Europe’s finest surviving medieval castles. Here in the Brecon Beacons, we have our fair share. Perhaps the most dreamy and dramatic of all are the weathered remains of Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high up on a limestone crag.

Click the links below to find out about each castle;

9. Simply enjoy the Wildlife and Scenery!

Our National Park contains some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery and rarest wildlife. Go quietly and you may see our key species – otters, great crested newts, marsh fritillary butterflies, bats and reed warblers – along with a host of other mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and insects. More here.

10. Come and enjoy Cycling and Mountain Biking in the Brecon Beacons

Our National Park is a great place for a day out on two wheels, or even a cycle touring or mountain biking holiday. Cycling and mountain biking is a fabulous way to experience the Brecon Beacons glorious countryside. It gives you healthy exercise, relieves stress and allows you to spend time in the fresh air with family and friends. Cycle Across the Beacons, this route runs from Llandeilo in the West to Abergavenny in the East, following a Roman Road with panoramic views of the Central Beacons, winding along lovely country lanes before joining the pretty tow path by the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal!cyclist

We hope you have a wonderful time this Spring, find events here!

Where to Stay for your visit 

The Brecon Beacons offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all your requirements to make the most of your visit to the National Park! Whether you want to bring your dog along so need pet-friendly accommodation, are bring your family along or fancied coming with a group of friends there will be somewhere for you!  Plan where you’ll stay here.

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Dog Friendly Brecon Beacons

Head out on a Sunday Stroll in the Brecon Beacons today with these great places to visit with your dog!

1. Crickhowell and Table Mountain
This energetic walk gets the pulses pounding in more ways than one. The short, sharp ascent of 380m is breathtaking, just like the views across the Usk valley and Brecon Beacons from the summit.
You’ll want to spend some time exploring the charming little country town of Crickhowell before heading up to Table Mountain. There’s loads of places to take your dog for a wander. Head to Bullpit Meadow to walk alongside the River Usk next to the 13-arched bridge dating from the 16th century. Pop into The Bear for lunch and head to Pavlovas for an ice cream afterwards! (Both are dog friendly!) Crickhowell is a Walkers are Welcome town and hosts a well-regarded walking festival each March. Looming over Crickhowell, is Table Mountain, it’s easy to see why this 451m peak was thus named. Sloping at a slightly tipsy angle, its flat top is an iconic Brecon Beacons feature. The views are sensational. At your feet gazing westwards you have the lovely Usk valley rising into the central Brecon Beacons and industrial valleys of South Wales, while the brooding Black Mountains look over your shoulder. Full Route description here.

 
Situated in a dramatic and romantic location in the secluded upper Swansea Valley, Craig-y-nos Country Park is a 40-acre Victorian garden with shady woodlands, meadows, ponds, lazy lawns and rushing rivers. You are welcome to bring your dog but please keep it on a lead. Dogs are not permitted in the hay meadow while sheep are grazing in the winter months.  The river meanders through the park, but just as at home here is the designed landscape of tall trees, lush meadows, woodland plantations, fishpond, lakes, lawns and woodland walks. There is plenty for you to see as you walk around. 
3. Sugarloaf Mountain
This rewarding walk takes you up the distinctive Sugar Loaf Mountain.Viewed from some directions it has the shape of a sugar loaf or even a volcano (which it isn’t!). It is a short climb to the summit and on a clear day it is possible to see hills as far north as Shropshire and as far south as Somerset as well as many of the major mountains in the Brecon Beacons. Below Sugar Loaf, Abergavenny is an interesting market town with a castle and market hall and lots to explore. More here

4. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
The section of the Mon and Brec which runs through the Brecon Beacons National Park was originally called the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal. Mainly supplied with water by the River Usk, it stretched for 35 miles from Brecon to Pontymoile, near Pontypool. Construction began in 1795 and the final section was completed in 1812. For a short walk start from the Coach and Horses in Llangynidr and make your way towards the three locks or to make a day of it walk from Llangynidr, passing through the peaceful village of Talybont and ending your journey at the Canal Basin in Brecon.

5. Cefn Llechid
Begin from the National Park Visitor Centre (also known as the Mountain Centre) to an out-of-the-way common features unspoilt landscapes alongside vivid reminders of the area’s human history. The neighbouring marshlands of Traeth Mawr (‘Great Mire’) and Traeth Bach (‘Little Mire’) are bursting with nature, forming part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. They provide a habitat for fascinating bog and fen plants like sundews and butterworts, which feed off insects trapped by their specially adapted leaves. You may also see birds like snipes, curlews and lapwings, as well as colourful dragonflies and rare damselflies. Remember to keep your dog on a lead!

6. Brecon Promenade
Take a stroll alongside the River Usk at Brecon Promenade, popular with families for walking, playing and exercising dogs. It consists of surfaced riverside paths, large meadows and a children’s play area. A tarmac path, complete with benches, runs downstream for several hundred metres from the Promenade car park towards Brecon and passes the weir, where the path slopes up and then down. At the town end of the walk there is a short but steep flood embankment which must be crossed to reach the car park near Watergate bridge. The walk further upstream from the Promenade car park leads to un-surfaced paths and meadows. A further 500 metres are accessible through narrow kissing gates.

7. Myndydd Illtyd Common
This is an easy walk that offers some great views of the Brecon Beacons. We recommend this walk as a dog friendly walk because there is loads of open space, not too strenuous, great for young children and those not up for a hilly climb!  There are lots of options for routes to the top of the common.

An easy way to get there is to leave Brecon from the Llanfaes roundabout that connects the A40 and A470.  From Brecon take the third exit that goes past the cattle market.

Go along the country road for about 2.5 miles, going past a cattle grid; continue along the same road veering right at the fork.  After the fork find a convenient place to park, by the side of the road.

There are various paths along the common that are easy to spot.  The paths are all short grassed and stand out amongst the high bracken.  Follow the paths, making sure you’re heading in a north direction.  The ascent is very steady and takes about an hour to walk up to the top.  Whilst walking up, look out for the two bogs Traeth Mawr and Traeth Bach.  The bogs have been designated as sites of special scientific interest due to the water having high acidic and alkaline levels, which have influenced the presence of some unique plants.  There is also some belief that an ancient Iron Age village was situated there that may have sunk many centuries ago.  The bogs can be avoided by sticking to the paths.

Towards the top of the peak, you will see a white marker that indicates the highest point around you.  From the marker on a clear day there are fabulous 360 degree views of the area including a wonderful view of Pen-y-Fan.

Myndydd Illtud Common map reference:  OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL 12 / OL13 or Landranger Map 160 / 161 – SO 104 205.

8. Talybont Reservoir and Forest Circular~
This walk covers a variety of terrain from forest land to old tram tracks.  It’s a loop around a reservoir that can be extended into the forest and surrounding area.

Talybont reservoir is the largest still water reservoir in the Brecon Beacons, it’s 3km long.
To get there from Brecon or Crickhowell head to Talybont-on-Usk on the A40. When you get to Talybont, aim for the post office, if you are coming from the direction of the Star Inn, take a left over the canal bridge. Continue on the road, past the Brecons Beacons Holiday Cottages offices for about another mile.

After an accent up a steep hill and through some forested

land you will see the reservoir ahead. There are quite a lot of lay-bys and car parks along the Talybont to Pontsticill road.

Once you have parked up, walk along the road until you come to signs marking the reservoir footpath, there are various paths markings along the road.  Make sure the path you choose is the circular one and just follow it.  On the Eastern side of the reservoir, walkers can join onto the old Brinore Tramroad and Taff Trail to make the loop a bit longer.
The majority of forest tracks along the reservoir are level, however if you wish to go up the hill the paths get steeper.

The walk is about 3 to 4 miles long, and is easy to do.  Talybont-on-Usk grid reference: Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL 12 / OL13 or Landranger Map 160 / 161 – SO 104 205.

9. Llangorse Lake
Llangorse Lake is the largest natural lake in the southern half of Wales and was created by glaciers during the last Ice Age.
The lake is also home to a 9th Century artificial island, known as the Crannog which has a small accessible visitor centre in the style of a thatched, round house. Keep your dog on a lead and they can enjoy walking around the lake and meeting other dogs!
Or why not have a go at Bwlch with Altitude? An energetic 12 mile circular walk with 360 degree views of Llangorse Lake. You will climb two hills – that’s the altitude bit -starting and ending at the pub in Bwlch.

10. Pen Y Fan
Take the footpath through the woods at the southern end of the car park, pass through the kissing gate and cross the wooden footbridge over the river. From here, follow the footpath uphill towards Bwlch Duwynt. Once you reach Bwlch Duwynt (which means ‘Windy Pass’ in Welsh), take the footpath at about 11 o’clock which leads across the southern slope of Corn Du. You’ll soon reach the saddle between Corn Du and Pen y Fan. From here there are spectacular views to the south, down the Neuadd Valley to the reservoirs that are above Merthyr Tydfil. Continue along the footpath for the last push to the summit of southern Britain’s highest mountain – Pen y Fan – at 2906 feet (886m). There isn’t a better way to enjoy the walk if you complete it with your pooch!

 

 

 

 

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