Hay Tours

Hay-on-Wye is a jewel in the Brecon Beacon’s National Park’s crown. It is world famous as the original “Town of Books”, it is a small market town astride the Welsh / English border and it  has a history stretching back over a thousand years. There are many hidden corners, many stories to be told and much more to Hay than just books and festivals. So join us to discover the real Hay! Click here for our town guide.

Hay Tours is a community organisation managed by Hay History Group. All the guides are local volunteers who enjoy bringing the stories of Hay to life, many of which can be uncovered just by walking along the main streets of the town.

The project received start-up support from Brecon Beacons National Park, via the Sustainable Development Fund and Hay Chamber of Commerce. They are endorsed by various local organisations including Hay Tourist Group, Hay Tourist Information Bureau, Hay Town Council and Hay Chamber of Trade. Hay Tours also work in partnership with Hay Castle Trust to offer tours of Hay Castle.

Hay Tours is a community enterprise and all profits are put back into the organisation to cover its costs and ensure future sustainability.

They offer 9 tours including the Hay Heritage Trail, Railway Tour, Medieval Tour and a Historic Pub Crawl!

Hay Heritage Trail: a tour covering the main history of Hay.

1.2km /0.7m /60-90 mins.
Starts /ends outside Hay Cheese Market, Memorial Square, HR3 5AF, in the centre of Hay.

This tour takes in all the main historic features of Hay, including the Cheese and Butter Markets, some of the town’s former public wells and many of its pubs (there used to be 40 inns in Hay back in the good old days).

It also covers the town walls and the three gateways to the original medieval walled town: Ny Port Gate, Lion Gate & Carles Gate, as well as Hay Castle, and Wyeford Road where people would ford the River Wye before the first bridge was built in 1763.

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They also offer tours to run through the time of the Hay Festival. In 2016 these include the Hay Railway Tour, Hay Heritage Trail, the Swan Loop,Armstrong Murder Trail and the Eliza Trail

For more information and to book a Hay Tour click here

 

 

 

 

 

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100 days until the National Eisteddfod!

The National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 trade stands and stalls. The history of the Eisteddfod in Wales can be traced back to 1176, with the modern history of the organisation dating back to 1861.  The festival has been held every year, other than 1914, when the outbreak of the First World War saw it postponed for a year. 

Traditionally a competition-based festival, attracting over 6,000 competitors every year, the festival has developed and evolved over recent years, and whilst the competitions form the central focus for the week, the Maes (site) itself has grown and developed into a vibrant festival with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family.

With over 250 trade stands its a mecca for shoppers and with a wide choice of food and drink stalls its the perfect venue it catch up with friends old and new.

……..and this year its coming to Abergavenny!

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Where is it? Castle Meadows, Abergavenny Monmouthshire NP7 5DG – convenient for the town centre
When is it? 29 July – 6 August 2016. Maes open from 08.00 each day. Reduced rate entry from 16.00 every day

  • Regular shuttle bus service throughout the day and evenin
    g from the car parks and caravan site
  • Free translation equipment available from the Cymen stand, in front of the Pavilion. Look for the logo
  • Free daily guided tours available for new visitors Licensed restaurant on-site, and a wide selection of food and drink stands available in the Food Village, showcasing the best Welsh produce Family caravan and campsite available on the Llanover Estate (shuttle bus service)For all information on everything you’ll need and to buy tickets, go to http://www.eisteddfod.wales or ring us on 0845 4090 800.

Evening Concerts
Only Men Aloud
, firm Eisteddfod favourites, open the festivities with Gwawr Edwards and Rebecca Trehearn, performing a great mix of old favourites and newer songs. Rhys Taylor’s Big Band provides the accompaniment on Saturday night, as West End star, Caroline Sheen and the swing and soul singer, James Williams, take the stage with the Eisteddfod Choir. Catrin Finch curates a special evening on Tuesday night, Serenestial: Adventure through Time and Space, a light classical evening with world music influences, awakening the senses through music, dance and literature. Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, will be joined with Candelas, Yr Ods and Sŵnami, the current stars of the Welsh rock scene.  The bands will be accompanied by the Welsh Pops Orchestra, conducted by musician Owain Llwyd-A new way to enjoy some of Wales’ best known pop and rock songs.

More info here

No Welsh? No worries!
You dont have to speak Welsh to enjoy the Eisteddfod with plenty of music, art and dance on offer, and theres free translation in the Pavillion so you can follow everything. For those with an interest in learning Welsh- Maes D is the place for you! This is the centre for learners on the Maes and is a hub of activity during the week.

For more information and tickets click here

Why is Abergavenny  a great place for the Eisteddfod?
With over 1,000 miles of public footpaths to explore, plenty of cycle tracks and a reputation as the food and drink capital of Wales, Monmouthshire is located between the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley, with excellent transport links making it an accessible and attractive destination for visitors from all directions.

Did you know the county has more castles per square mile than any other part of the UK? The story of the Romans can be seen clearly in the remains of the old town at Caerwent. And if you want to find out more about Lady Llanover and her unique links with the language and culture, come to Abergavenny Museum and Castle – there’s a fantastic view of the Eisteddfod Maes from the castle gardens.  It’s a potted history of Wales – all in one county.

2016 is the year of adventure, and you won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for a little excitement during your visit.  The area is famous for all types of activities – whether you want a leisurely Sunday walk or the next adrenaline hit.  Monmouthshire marks the start – and the end – of the Welsh Coast Path, and with paths exploring the mountains, the beautiful valleys and coastline, the landscape truly offers something for everyone.

If you’re looking for the best food and drink. look no further.  Monmouthshire is the home of award winning food and drink here in Wales.  It is the only county to have won the prestigious Top Food Tourism Destination at the ‘Wales The True Taste Awards’, and with a wide range of producers and plenty of restaurants of all kinds, this is definitely foodie heaven.

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Our guide to Llandeilo

Llandeilo-nestled in the Towy Valley, Carmathenshire and on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Llandeilo has an excellent range of independently owned shops and its own award winning brewery, Evan-Evans.the Llandeilo Gospel Book,, a beautifully illuminated biblical manuscript from the 8th century, can be seen in St Teilo Church. The town has the largest single arch bridge in Wales (145ft, 44 metres) Both are owned by the National trust.  Visitors will hear Welsh widely spoken in the town.

Attractions
Dinefwr is a National Nature Reserve, home to an historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park. Dinefwr Park is one of the most illustrious places in Welsh history, a stunning 800 acre estate on the outskirts of the old farming town of Llandeilo. A Sight of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the only parkland National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Wales, Dinefwr Park is a microcosm of Welsh heritage and natural history.

The estate slopes down to the level fields forming the Tywi floodplain where small lakes on the plain edges add more beauty and interest to the landscape.

Dinefwr boasts a vast and diverse range of habitats and environment. From flower rich hay meadows to dense woodland, wide open spaces to bog woods and wet meadows. Each providing vital habitats for a range of species and playing a crucial role in Britain’s biodiversity.

Newton House
 Built in 1660, you can still find traces of the original Newton House on a visit to the Dinefwr estate. Most of what you see of the grand building today dates back to the 1850s, when it was given a fashionable Gothic facelift, with stone cladding and four impressive turrets. Newton House is so called because in medieval times, when Wales was being anglicised by English rule, a new town was built as a place for the English to trade.  This ‘New Town’ was located where Newton House now stands.

Dinefwr Castle
Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales. Over time the castle changed hands between the princes of Deheubarth and gradually evolved into formidable fortresses. It eventually fell to the English Crown from 1287, serving as centres of royal administration and authority.

Aberglasney Estate
Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477. The story of Aberglasney spans many centuries, but, the house’s origins are still shrouded in obscurity. It is a Grade II* listed building.

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Carreg Cennen Castle.
Carreg Cennen is a haunting, atmospheric castle that appears to spring out of legend and fairytale. There are few castles in Wales which can boast a more spectacular location. Its stout, weatherbeaten ruins crown a sheer limestone crag overlooking the remote Black Mountain (Mynydd Du) and the River Cennen in the western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park, around four miles southeast of Llandeilo. If you have a torch, take a trip down the underground tunnel to see the natural cave in the rock under the castle.
Click here for the history of the castle and directions. 

Garn Goch Iron Age Hill Fort 
One of the largest Iron Age forts in the whole of Wales, Garn Goch is an unforgettable place that brings the power and ingenuity of the Iron Age to life. Garn Goch, a major Iron Age settlement site near the town of Llandeilo, nowadays feels quiet and remote. However approximately 2500 years ago this hilltop would have been a thriving centre, where people lived and worked, food was grown and goods were produced and were traded. Its large stone defences, a large rubble bank today, once stood as stone-faced ramparts 10m high and 5m thick, and would have offered protection from natural dangers such as wild wolves and against other humans during periods of warfare.
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-Don’t forget to visit the National Botanic Gardens of Wales whilst you’re here, which can be found just 20 mins by car south west of Llandeilo. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, 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.

Where to Stay
Hammden Llety Mieri
-Three cosy single-storey stone country cottages nestling in the peaceful, unspoilt countryside of the Towy Valley and overlooked by the twelfth century Dinefwr Castle. In an idyllic rural setting, two miles from the historic and quirky town of Llandeilo, it is an ideal base for exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park, the beaches of West Wales and the splendid gardens of the Towy valley.

The Plough
 Inn
-You can enjoy beautiful views of the Brecon Beacons from all of our well-appointed en-suite rooms, furnished with everything you would expect for your stay – queen sized beds, free wifi, sofas and disabled facilities – all impeccably serviced with our attention to detail.

Where to Eat
The Plough Inn, Rhosmaen-A traditional Welsh welcome awaits you in our AA rosette award winning restaurant. Excellent local fayre is prepared by our team of professional chefs offering a varied menu to suit all tastes, including gluten free. Our menus offer seasonal variations and range from our very popular lunch specials, afternoon teas, traditional bar meals and a la carte dining. To accompany your meal we have a selection of local ales and an extensive wine list for you to enjoy. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and professional and will provide the perfect dining experience. More here

The Angel, Llandeilo-exciting, eclectic yet affordable menu with a relaxed welcoming atmosphere in the former Victorian built public house

On Llandeilos high street you can find Rosetta Coffee Shop and Eaterie with the new wine bar ‘The Loft’ found above.

Forests and Woodland
Coed Tregib
OS grid reference: SN641217
Nearest town: Llandeilo
How to get there: The wood is off Bethlehem Road, south-east of Llandeilo.
Managed by: Woodland Trust

Coed Tregib is a beautiful site set within a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Ancient woodland (predominantly oak and ash), grassland and new native woodland are the prominent features. Wetland plants are supported within the wood, and dormice have been recorded at this site.

Keep up to date with events in and around Llandeilo here.

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Our Guide to Llangorse and Bwlch

Llangorse
Llangorse has the largest natural lake in south Wales, formed thousands of years ago when moving ice pushed and scraped its way along, whaping the landscape seen today. When the ice finally melted this debris was left to form mounds known as moraines. Llangorse Lake owes its existence to the moraine deposits left in the area between Llanfihangel Talyllyn and Talgarth. At one time it was some 150 feet (45 meters) higher with two overflows into the Usk River at Bwlch and Pennorth.

The entire lake’s surface and the adjoining common is Registered Common Land giving local people ancient rights to graze their livestock upon it.

It boasts an ancient Crannog, the only one to be found in Wales and England,  constructed in 916 ad, probably by the King of Brycheiniog.

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On the south shore of Llangorse Lake, the wildflower meadows, reed beds and bird hide at Llangasty are an ideal spot for watching wildlife. The bird hide which has benches and built-in bird guides is designed to accommodate wheelchairs. There are two routes to the bird hide:
-The route from the car park at Llangasty Church passes through 3 narrllangasty bird hide window.jpgow kissing gates. This is a level and gentle 700 metre walk across meadows, a small bit of woodland and short sections of boardwalk over the wettest areas.

-If you are unable to walk far or you use a wheelchair, there is a route which allows cars to get closer to the bird hide. If you wish to use this route please contact the National Park warden service for more details. This route should only be used during the drier times of the year. More info about how to get to the bird hide here.

As well as adventuring out on the lake to enjoy many watersports, Llangorse is also home to Llangorse Multi Activity Centre. They now have over 1,580 m2 (17,000 ft2) of climbing surface, the centre boasts many unique features such as the only indoor natural limestone featured climbing walls in Wales – great for practising climbing outdoors. There are also artificial featured climbing walls (up to 15m from the ground!), large bouldering areas with plenty of interesting routes, as well as a challenging 18m caving ladder, rope and tree climb for the more adventurous climber!

Outdoors they have horse riding and their sky trek experience which is a series of over 14 connected zip lines travelling between trees at heights of up to 22 metres as it zig-zags down the mountainside. Your Sky Trek tour allows you to observe our breathtaking landscape from a different perspective. The observation platforms give unrivalled panoramic views across Llangorse Lake to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons in the distance.

Click here for more info 

Llangorse is easily accessible from the A40 as you head through the National Park from the village of Bwlch where you can pick up supplies from the local farm shop and Venison Centre or the well stocked village store, The Gate Shop, who have also recently opened a cafe.

Bwlch

Bwlch,meaning a ‘pass’ in Welsh, has castles, ancient iron age forts and standing stones, not to mention 360 degree views across the lake.

Bwlch is the home of the now well established Bwlch with Altitude Challenge which takes place every summer and is a 12 mile walk around the lake from Bwlch and Llangorse respectively, contestants enjoy this event seeking out clues and answers to a number of questions set as part of the challenge’s photographic quiz.

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Mountain Biking Mynydd Llangors- Crown Copyright (2016) Visit Wales

The communities of Llangorse and Bwlch have developed the new Around Llangorse Lake website to help visitors enjoy this lovely part of the National Park.

Bwlch and Llangorse provide the perfect terrain for a challenge-Click here to find out about Bwlch with Altitude and other challenges in the area.

Where to Eat
The Castle Inn-Llangorse-
Traditional Welsh Food, popular with locals and visitors alike 
The Red Lion-Llangorse-
The Red Lion is all you’d expect from a country pub and more. A spacious bar area with a large welcoming fireplace beckons you into its tastefully designed interior, with garlands of hops looping decorously about its walls. The bar itself is well stocked and welcoming with an excellent selection of standard line beers, wines, ciders and spirits
The Venison Centre and Beacons Farm Shop-Bwlch-Visit the shop and while you’re there you’ll also be tempted to stop for a cup of tea and some delicious cake.

Where to Stay
Winnies Hayloft-Winnie’s Hayloft sits on the brow of the hill, beside the road in the centre of the small village of Bwlch between Brecon and Crickhowell.  The cottage is conveniently situated on the main road, providing easy access by car or public transport, whatever the season or the weather. This delightful oakbeamed cottage is much loved and full of character; Winnie’s Hayloft sleeps two and has a light and airy sitting room on the first floor with magnificent views down the Usk Valley and over the surrounding hills.
The Star Bunkhouse
You can expect a warm and comfortable stay in our self-catering bunkhouse. We have spacious bedrooms, cosy lounge and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, an outside BBQ area, hot showers, drying room, free wi-fi and off-road parking.
Pen-Y-Bryn HouseGuests are cared for personally by the family who offer accommodation of an exceedingly high standard in tastefully furnished en-suite bedrooms, having tea/coffee making facilities, flat-screen televisions, DVD players, and free wireless Internet connection.Visit Wales 5 Star Graded Guest House Accommodation
Llangorse Caravan Park Beautiful location at Llangorse Lake camping/touring pitches available.  Luxury static caravans available for hire with central heating and double glazing.
Canoeing/kayak hire, stand up paddle boards, pedaloes, rowing boats and fishing can be arranged, please see our website for more details.

 

 

 

 

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Challenge yourself in the Brecon Beacons

Fancy a challenge here in the Brecon Beacons this summer? Here are three events happening in June you can take part in. 

1. Bwlch With Altitude-4th June 2016

Bwlch with Altitude is a family friendly navigational challenge in the Black Mountains region of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which can be conducted either by walking or on your mountain bike.  It is a team event (minimum 2; maximum 8 members per team), whilst navigating the routes you will have to answer some basic questions and collect mementos and there will also be a prize for the best photograph taken during the challenge.

There are 3 Challenges for you to choose from, they are:

  1. A 15 mile circular mountain bike route – ideal training for the Brecon Beast. Entry fee £8 adult & £4 Junior (Early Bird booking) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event (£10 adult & £5 Junior).  This route requires entrants to have some experience – it contains steep ascents/descents over rough terrain.  Riders will have to wear a safety helmet.
  2. A 12 mile circular walk – ideal training for WAAT4. Entry fee £8 adult & £4 Junior (Early Bird booking*) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event (£10 adult & £5 Junior).
  3. A 5 mile circular walk – ideal for families of all ages.  Entry fee £4 adult & £2 Junior (Early Bird booking) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event (£6 adult & £4 Junior).  A family ticket is also available (2 adults & 2 juniors) for £10 (Early Bird booking) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event £15.

There will be donations made to the following:

  • Brecon Mountain Rescue Team
  • Llangynidr Primary School
  • Llangorse Primary School

On the day Bwlch Village Hall will be open from 9am, refreshments will be available.

Challenge start times:

  1. Mountain Bike Route – 10am
  2. Long walking route – 10.15am
  3. Short walking route – 11am

Early bird online booking is now open!

* To take advantage of the Early Bird offer, click here register online before Tuesday 31st May 2016.

Discover Llangorse & Bwlch

Discover Llangorse and Bwlch

2. The WAAT 4 Challenge- Jun 18, 2016
The WAAT4 Challenge is a prestigious navigation event in Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Teams from all over the UK take part every year.

Its reputation is growing quickly and it features in the walking calendar for such events.  In 2015 more than 500 competitors took part over either 30km or 40km Challenges which included South Wales’ highest peak – Pen y fan.

WAAT 4 Challenge

The event takes place on the third Saturday in June and has raised £200,000 for many good causes and charities such as Brecon Mountain Rescue, Wales Air Ambulance, Teenage Cancer Trust, PC Rathbones Blue Light Fund and Help for Heroes.

Whatever your ability, you are welcome to enjoy the 40k route, or a shorter 30k route at your own pace. We want everyone to enjoy taking part by completing the course whilst taking in some of the best views in the Brecon Beacons.

Unlike most outdoor events, we offer a whole day experience which spills over into the evening with a BBQ and presentations in a marquee at the start/ finish point. We also have a fully licensed bar and entertainment. Relax here and re live your achievements of the day over a glass or two!

So far the event has raised £200,000. Help us make WAAT4 2016 even bigger and more successful. More here

 

3. Navigation Training-Silver NNAS Award– June 18th 09:30 – 19th June 2016 16:00
The NNAS Silver Award training and assessment course is designed to give people the skills to navigate in the countryside using the skills acquired at the Bronze level along with the additional skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks.  Accurate compass work is required and the ability to use appropriate navigation techniques to go cross country, e.g. choosing an appropriate attack point.  This course has a minimum of 12 hours of training, including assessment over a distance of 5-8 kilometres in terrain which allows for the demonstration of appropriate skills.

This NNAS accredited course is run by Manzoku, a local company based in the Brecon Beacons.

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Length:  5 – 8 kilometres.
Venue:  The Mountain Centre, Libanus, LD3 8ER
Cost:  £110.00 per person – Spaces Limited.
Booking essential on 01874 623366.

More here 

Full event listings here

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Our Guide to Brecon

Known as one of the most historic locations in Wales, Brecon is home to a Cathedral, Theatre, museums, art galleries, and a historic Market hall holding monthly farmers, antiques and craft markets. Take a leisurely trip down the canal with the many canal boat hire companies found at The Canal Basin, located by Theatr Brycheiniog, or why not walk up Pen Y Fan- with the highest peak in South Wales.

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Pen Y Fan-Crown Copyright (2016) Visit Wales

Where to eat
Tower Cafe– Situated within the glorious setting of the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Brecon, the Café sits at the geographical heart of this Welsh market town.

The Bank Bar and Kitchen-a modern Gastropub situated in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park with less than 1 minute walk of the town centre and its amenities.They are no more than a couple of minutes walk from the Brecon Canal Basin, which is a popular location for hikers and bikers, and which leads to the Theatr Brycheiniog. Opposite us, you’ll find the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, One of the finest small museums in Wales.

Brecon Castle Hotel-The Brecon Beacons dominate the town and provide a picturesque backdrop to our ballroom and our gardens. Our Head Chef, Derrick John Parsons , produces a menu which represents the best of seasonal International cooking. Modern and traditional dishes sit comfortably alongside each other, all freshly prepared, using the best of locally sourced meat, fish and Welsh cheeses. At Brecon Castle we believe in procuring the finest quality ingredients in order to ensure that we can serve food which is a real experience.

Pilgrims Tearooms-Pilgrims tea rooms and restaurant is situated in the Brecon Cathedral close. The restaurant building retains the charm and style of the adjacent 15th century tithe barn. On sunny days visitors are able to enjoy sitting outside under the cloisters or in the herb garden. Ingredients are locally sourced and meals are freshly prepared.

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Where to Stay

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages-350 + cottages and farmhouses, sleeping 2 to 40 in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Wye Valley and South Wales Valleys.

The Coach House Brecon: The only five star gold B&B in Brecon town.

Ty Helyg Guest House– Grade II listed building, parts of which date back to 1780, Tŷ Helyg is a Visit Wales Four Star guest house (B&B) a stone’s throw from the Theatre/Canal basin and Brecon town centre

Brecon Cottage-set in Brecon town centre is set in an ideal location, close walking distance to shops, pubs, restaurants and the Brycheiniog Theatre. Brecon cottage is ideal for small families or couples looking to enjoy the countryside or just relax. Brecon offers outstanding natural beauty.

Danyfan-Danyfan and Danyfan Carriage are in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. Danyfan is an elegant Edwardian Villa with five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Delfryn Bed and Breakfast-Delfryn is a large, comfortable, 4 star graded Edwardian house just five minutes walk from the centre of Brecon. Rodney and Jackie Ashwood (with their cocker spaniel dog called James) offer guests exclusive use of a private suite of rooms.

Priory Mill Farm Camping-If you are looking for a small-scale, low-impact, secluded place to camp, our riverside meadow may provide it. It’s only a ten-minute walk from the Georgian market town of Brecon, yet the only buildings visible are our farmhouse and watermill.

More here

Top Adventures to be had in Brecon

Visit Bear grylls survival academy for a tough but rewarding outdoor adventure.
Bear Grylls – the world’s most recognizable face of survival and outdoor adventure, and 2016’s Year of Adventure ambassador, has designed the ultimate self-rescue skills course, delivered by his handpicked team of highly trained experts. Learn to forage, identify animal runs and lay traps, skin and gut, navigate by day and night, build emergency shelters, stalk, protect yourself in the wild from attack, wilderness first aid, tie knots and make rope harnesses in order to safely cross difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by any means.

Bear Grylls Survival Academy

This is not a military boot camp and it’s much, much more than a bush craft course. This is an exclusive course where places are limited to only 12 participants who must be physically fit and active. From hour one you will be lead into the wilderness with no tent, water or food. During the course you will receive limited food, and water will need to be sourced locally from streams and pools. You will then have to forage for anything else that may supplement your diet.Have you got what it takes to survive for 24 hours until rescue?

Click here for more info

Hire a boat with Beacon Park Day Boats
Explore the wonders of the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in a luxury electric day boat or canoe, all with rainproof covers just in case!

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Cradoc Golf Club
Cradoc Golf Club is recognised as one of the finest parkland courses in Wales and is situated in the rural tranquility of Penoyre Park – just two miles away from the centre of Brecon. The Club offers a challenging yet enjoyable 18 hole golf course, enjoyed by a thriving membership of 400+ members and revered by thousands of visitors, many who return year after year citing ‘Cradoc’ as one of their favourite venues. The Club also has a 10 bay floodlit driving range which is open to non-members, alongside which is a short game area where any member of the public can access it FREE of charge 7 days per week.

Click here for more places to enjoy Golf

Fishing on the River Usk
An important salmon river and also famous for its wild brown trout, the Usk winds it way along the beautiful Usk Valley from Brecon to Abergavenny, before ending its journey in the Bristol Channel.Man fishing in the river usk in the Brecon Beacons national park

The Wye and Usk Foundation (www.wyeuskfoundation.org) is a registered charity concerned with restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. It p
ublishes The Wye and Usk Passport, with information about how to fish the Wye and Usk, educational material and almost all you would ever need to know about the foundation or the two rivers.   Find our more on places to go fishing here

Brecon Mountain Railway

The line runs from Pant, 3 miles North of Merthyr Tydfil, to Torpantau following part of the route of the original Brecon & Merthyr Railway which closed in 1964. Travel from our Main Station at Pant in one of our all-weather Observation Carriages, behind a vintage Steam Locomotive. The journey takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park, through Pontsticill and  along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservior before climbing to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons and the summit of the original line.

At our main station in Pant you can visit our Licensed Tearooms  for refreshments, gifts and souvenirs are available from our Shop. You can also visit our Workshop where the Steam Locomotives and Carriages are repaired.

Theatr Brycheiniog

Situated at the end of the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year.Other facilities on the theatre site include a a year-round programme of visual arts by artists from the region in the Andrew Lamont Gallery and a nationally acclaimed bistro Tipple’n’Tiffin.

Theatr Brycheiniog is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Brecon Town Council. Theatr Brycheiniog has recently become the first solar-powered theatre in Wales, generating a small proportion of its energy requirements through the recently installed photo-voltaic cells on its roof. The theatre is committed to finding ways of reducing its carbon footprint further. Theatr Brycheiniog opened in 1997.

Click here to find out whats on in April in Theatr Brycheiniog

Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh

The Museum tells the fascinating story of four of the British army’s most famous regiments. This long history, dating back to the 1680s, is told through many kinds of objects including uniforms, medals, weapons and models. The regiments have seen action in many prominent events, including the British campaign in South Africa (visit us and discover what really happened in the 1879 Zulu War!), and both world wars. Forty-three of the regiments’ soldiers have received the Victoria Cross, and we commemorate their sacrifice and heroism as well as that of all the men and women associated with our regiments who have contributed so much to our country.£5 for adults, £1 for children between 5 and 16 years of age.

Good Day Out
Good Day Out is a way of having interesting, educational and fun days out, whilst incidentally helping good causes. Every experience day and product purchase on the site gives funds to the designated good cause. Examples of experiences include:
Stargazing Dark Skies Astronomy & Astro-Photography Evening
Small group stargazing with an astronomerSheep Trekking half day and full day trips
Take your very own sheep for a walk through a 200 acre organic farm in the beautiful National Park
Hedgehog Helper Morning
Help at a genuine hedgehog rescue centre and learn all about these much loved creatures.

Shopping In Brecon
Brecon Brewing

Established in 2011 by Buster Grant, one of Wales’ best known brewers, Brecon Brewing have created a range of beers full of flavour and character inspired by the dramatic locality, working with the local community and reigniting interest in Brecon.

Producers of high quality cask real ales with a range of bottled beers for sale in their brewery shop on Brecon’ High Street or by telephone: 01874 620800

The Hours Cafe and Bookshop
The Hours’ is the perfect spot to sit and unwind, to catch up with family and friends in relaxed surroundings with the daily papers, scrabble and backgammon close at hand… in fact it’s the just the place to wile away the hours.

Situated in a gorgeously wonky Grade II listed building on one of Brecon’s oldest streets, we stock a fine selection of carefully hand-picked books. Our quirky second floor meanwhile, exhibits art by Welsh and Wales-based artists and houses a selection of literary gifts and used books. Please go to our events page to read about upcoming exhibitions. Our charming café offers a scrumptious array of freshly prepared food including scrumptious sandwiches, homemade quiches and hearty platters using local produce where possible, as well as home-made cakes and deliciously smooth fair-trade coffee.

Brecon Farmers Market

  • Market Hall in BreconMarket Hall, off High Street Brecon Powys LD3 7LG United Kingdom
  • phone: 01874 636169

Brecon Farmers Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month (except August) from 9.30am to 2pm in the Market Hall, Brecon. Refreshments and live music.

Places to Visit
Brecon Cathedral
Brecon Cathedral started life in 1093 as the Benedictine Priory of St John the Evangelist, built by the Normans on the site of an earlier Celtic church.  At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538 it became Brecon’s Parish Church.  It became a Cathedral only in 1923, on the establishment of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 

The Cathedral is at the heart of a Diocese which stretches from Beguildy in the North to the beautiful Gower Peninsula in the South, including most of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the City of Swansea.

The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese and offers a ministry of worship and welcome to all who visit. Although a building of relatively modest proportions, the Cathedral is set in a walled Close, unique in Wales. The remains of the former monastic buildings today provide the administrative centre for the Diocese as well as housing for the Cathedral clergy and a Heritage Centre and Restaurant. This remarkable collection of buildings is the finest of its kind in Wales.

Information Centres

Brecon Tourist Information Centre
The knowledgeable staff at Brecon Tourist Information Centre will help you make the most of your stay in Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons. They can help you plan your visit with ideas on where to go, what to do, how to get there and where to stay.

Brecon Tourist Information Centre also sells local and UK guide books, maps a wide selection of walking books and other interesting books and Welsh souvenirs ,Welsh Food and confectionary, Elan Bach Textiles, Postcards and Greeting cards, Love spoons, Jewellery. Services include: Accommodation booking service, Ordnance Survey mapping service. Don’t hesitate to contact the Centre with any of your queries:
Tel: +44 (0)1874 622485
Email: brectic@powys.gov.uk

Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre 
You’ll always find a warm welcome at the National Park Visitor Centre, often referred to locally as the Mountain Centre.  A team of friendly and knowledgeable Information Officers are on hand 364 days a year to help you make the most of your visit to the National Park.  You can fuel yourself for the day at the Tea Rooms which offer full breakfast, lunch and snack menus, along with a great range of tempting cakes and desserts.  The Tea Rooms are licensed, so you can also relax and unwind afer a rewarding day in the hills with a local beer or wine.  There is a full range of teas, coffees and soft drinks too, to quench that well earnt thirst.
The shop is also well worth a visit.  It stocks those all important maps and guides, along with a number of essential items that will help make your day go smoothly.

News
Brecon and Radnor Express covers all the news in the Brecon Beacons National Park with its main office found in the town. Or visit FYI Brecon to find out all the latest news stories through the web.

Visit www.breconbeacons.org for business listings, events and things to do and see in the area.

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Whats on in April

You may be arranging a trip to the Brecon Beacons this April, there are plenty of fun things to do during your stay with us, here are a few upcoming events this month.  For the full event listing go our our website.

April kicks off with the exciting Weekend of Adventure, where businesses have been working hard to treat you with great discounts, deals and one off events, so everyone can get involved in the Year of Adventure. In the Brecon Beacons, there will be special bushcraft and canoeing sessions with Want to Canoe?, Sheep Trekking, ‘Pig-nics’ and stargazing with Good Day Out and an evening of Gastronomy with the Angel Hotel-to just name a few!
Click here for more information and more things to get involved in on the 2nd and 3rd of April! 

Have a go at flower arranging with the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on Saturday the 2nd of April. Join Sharon Dower and learn to arrange some beautiful flowers.  This month during the morning we will look at a popular Dutch style of arranging called Biedermeier, where flowers are arranged tightly together to create a dome shaped arrangement.  After a short break for lunch we will create a massed design using one type of flower, surrounded by a collar of a complimentary flower and foliage.

This workshop requires you to provide your own materials, whether selected from your garden or sourced from your local florist or supermarket.  You can spend as little or as much as you want on your flowers.  A comprehensive list of materials will be supplied by the Botanical Gardens, soon after you book your workshop. More info

Saturday  9th of April  will see the first Crickhowell Vintage & Antique Fayre of 2016, taking place in The Clarence Hall, Beaufort Street, Â Crickhowell, NP8 1BN on Saturday 9th April. 10AM to 4PM Admission £1.00 under 16 free.

The finest purveyors come together to trade at the Fayre, blending quality antiques, Quirky collectables, retro and vintage inspired handmade goods, super Vintage Costume stalls,haberdashery, textiles, vintage toys and much more! A veritable feast of treasures! The Vintage Tearoom will again be serving delicious homemade cakes with refreshments and following on from successful fundraising last year, the chosen charity for 2016 is the Wales Air Ambulance. Catch up with all of the Fayre news on the FB page here.

Spend a day volunteering with Brecon Beacons Park Society on Saturday the 16th of April. Meet at Llanthony Priory car park GR SO 289278 OS Map OL13 at 9.30 to collect tools for footpath repair in the Llanthony Valley. After a morning working, there will be a short walk in the afternoon. Click here to find out more and to book

Also on Saturday April the 16th, the National Park Visitor Centre will be holding a one day course, where you’ll have a chance to take a walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park in the company of one of their qualified instructors.  Along the way you’ll lear

n some simple map reading skills and with plenty of time to practice, you’ll finish the day with more confidence to plan your own routes in the hills. Click here for prices and more info.

 

Brecon Craft FairSaturday the 16th of April
The Brecon Craft Fair takes place in the town’s historic market hall and is held every third Saturday of the month between 9am and 4.30pm. Each and every month, up to around 60 traditional and independent craft workers and artists set up shop in the market hall, resulting in a truly unique collection of Welsh arts and crafts; from beautiful handmade soft furnishings to hand painted jewellery and locally crafted Faberge style eggs. Not only will you be able to pick up a handful of goodies, you’ll also be able to talk to artists and craft workers themselves and find out just how much effort went into creating each and every item. 09:00 to 16:30 Free entry 07980 644932 More info

Cwtchfest
On Sunday 17th April Cwtchfest is coming to Glanusk Estate in Crickhowell. Bought to you by Cwtch Bride this special wedding festival will feature Wales finest wedding suppliers, fashion shows, fireworks, DIY workshops, food and entertainment for all.
It will be a brilliant day with lots of exhibitors to give you ideas and inspiration for your wedding and celebration, so make sure you save the date in your diary and come along!

Crickhowell Music Festival
This year’s Crickhowell Music Festival takes place from Thursday 28 April to Monday 2 May.  Soloists will include Catherine King, Mark Chambers and Chloe Morgan.  They will be joined by Crickhowell Choral Society. Everyone welcome! Click here to see what the programme includes 

Talgarth Walking Festival
We are delighted to welcome you to Talgarth’s Fourth Walking Festival 30th April – 2nd May 2016. The ancient market town of Talgarth is an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park on foot, particularly as it forms the “Gateway to the Black Mountains”. We offer visitors a taste of our town and the wonderful walking opportunities we have on our doorstep. We hope that you thoroughly enjoy your experience with us and return to our town in the near future. More info

Cotswold Tent Show Weekend
Come and grab a bargain at the Cotswold Tent show, from the 30th of April until the 2nd of May. There will be lots of great deals available from knowledgeable and helpful staff. Also enjoy some fun activities for the children along with arts and crafts from local suppliers. Fabulous walks and trials available to keep the whole family entertained. Free event.

Llangnidr Farmers Market-Sunday 24th of April
Meet local suppliers and be spoilt for choice. Stalls include locally produced meats, butter, eggs and cheeses; plants; gardening tools; cards; knitted and other craft items; cakes and Fairtrade products. Location: Llangynidr Village Hall NP8 1LS Free Parking in the Village Car Park directly opposite. Note that the market at the end of August will be located in the Farmers’ Market Marquee at the Llangynidr Agricultural Show. 10:00 to 13:00 Free entry 07976 884594

Don’t forget: All four Welsh regions will once again come together for a double derby spectacular when Judgement Day IV returns to Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Click here to find out why Wales is the home of rugby and for a list of all the pubs in the Brecon Beacons where you can watch the games!

vw rugby crowd

Visit Wales

April is an action packed month and is the best place to be heading to this Spring to have an adventure! Visit www.breconbeacons.org to plan your journey here.

 

 

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