Free weekend travel for all on TrawsCymru buses. Come and explore the Brecon Beacons.

Take your family on a free adventure using a TrawsCymru bus this weekend. All of the TrawsCymru buses including the T4 which departs Cardiff and heads up the A470 to Brecon into the Brecon Beacons every 2 hours.   Plan your journey here

There is plenty to do and enjoy in the Brecon Beacons without your car, so it’s the perfect excuse to leave the car at home and explore our National Park by bus. Not only is it the environmentally friendly option, but it’s also a great way to meet other walkers and local residents whilst taking in all the beautiful landscapes.

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Enjoy a walk up the Great Pen y Fan

This walk is perfect for the T4 route as there is a bus stop right at the bottom of the mountain.  Find out more about the walk here.

Family Walks by bus

The booklet tells you everything you need to know about 10 walks that the whole family can enjoy.  Leave the car, all the walks begin and end at easily accessible bus stops.

Highlights include:

Storey Arms to the National Park Visitor Centre – a moderate one-way walk through an inspiring mountainous landscape that’s home to rare flora and fauna. Steep descents, rocky ravines and peaceful country lanes all feature on a journey that’s packed with variety, ending at the National Park Visitor Centre. (find out more about the route here)

Brecon to Pencelli  – take a gentle stroll along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Once a key industrial route, the canal now offers a serene and scenic pathway through some of the National Park’s prettiest scenery. Find the route here

The walks are specially designed to tie in with bus routes, so you can catch the bus back home after your efforts – there are walks for families and some strenuous mountain hikes too.  For detailed information on getting around the National Park by bus, please click here.

Explore Brecon,  a beautiful market town

Brecon located in the heart of the National Park and is the main market town in the Brecon Beacons and has an array of interesting and unusual shops selling antiques, local arts and the finest Welsh food produce.  It’s a perfect base for either a low-key day out on the canal or an energetic adventure on the hills by bike, on foot or on horseback.  Check out our town guide here.  It’s a stop on the T4 route so perfect for spending a few hours or longer.

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Brecon Women’s Festival 2018

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This year’s Women’s Festival Exhibition celebrates the theme of Suffrage or Freedom and features over twenty five women artists who call Brecon their home. The exhibition opening marks the launch of this year’s festival, and we are thrilled that this year the honours will be undertaken by Fiona Williams, Clerk to Brecon Town Council. The exhibition runs until the end of March.

This year’s launch will take place at The Hours Cafe, Bookshop & Deli on Ship Street at 7pm on Thursday March 1st with the opening of the Festival Art Exhibition featuring the work of over 25 amazing Women artists.

Participants can look forward to talks, workshops, music, film and of course the annual Women’s Festival Artisan Craft Market on Saturday March 3rd with a whole array of stalls selling Art, handmade crafts and goods, recipes, plants and much more along with pop-up music and storytelling.

 

Find the full programme here and don’t forget it’s also St Davids Day on the 1st of March! Check out our top things to do here.

 

 

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Celebrate St David’s Day in the Brecon Beacons

Visit anywhere in Wales on March 1st; St David’s  Day and you’ll see children wearing traditional Welsh National costumes or Welsh rugby shirts, wearing bright green leeks and yellow daffodils turned into colourful accessories. St David’s Day or Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) Hapus in Welsh, is always a special time in Wales when local communities come together to celebrate the culture and qualities of Wales.  If you live or are visiting the Brecon Beacons on the 1st, expect to hear lots of wonderful Welsh choirs and taste lots of delicious locally made foods. Here are some things to celebrate the day!

Welsh Guards march in Brecon for St David’s Day

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Wales’s Senior Infantry Regiment will be visiting Brecon next month for their annual St David’s Day Parade. The Welsh Guards will be in town on Thursday, March 1 as part of their annual parade.

A service will be held at Brecon Cathedral at 11:30am before the parade, led by the Band of the Welsh Guards, marches from the cathedral at 12:30pm to the town centre and halt outside the Wellington Hotel. Outside the hotel, Cllr Dai Davies, Chairman of Powys County Council, will be joined by Lord Lieutenant of Powys, the Hon Mrs Shan Legge-Bourke, Major General Bathurst CBE and the High Sheriff of Powys, Mrs Susan Thompson in handing out leeks to the regiment. The parade will then march off to Theatr Brycheiniog for a reception.

“The Welsh Guards have a proud history and we are delighted that they are coming to Powys for their annual St David’s Day Parade,” said Cllr Davies. “Powys has a long association with the armed forces, particularly the army, so it will be a privilege to see our servicemen and women parade in Powys.”

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Crickhowell Walking Festival gets off to a singing start with a St David’s Day Concert at 7.30pm in St. Edmund’s Church, Crickhowell. Tickets £5 on the door. There are also walks still available for the festival and there something for everyone.

Head out on a walk with Epic Views

Conquered Pen y Fan? Did you know we have 1,200 miles of public rights of way for you to explore? Here are our favourite walks in the Brecon Beacons which have equally beautiful views to enjoy and have plenty of EPIC selfie opportunities. Click here for some of our walks with epic views.

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Come and celebrate with the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on the day of our patron saint.

It’s FREE entry for all at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Wednesday March 1st in honour of our patron saint.

St David’s Day is a great time to reacquaint yourself with the Garden after the long, wet winter and enjoy a taste of Welsh culture.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll across the Garden’s acres or take advantage of this excellent opportunity to see the stunning display of daffodils as well as a fantastic array of spring flowers from around the world in the Great Glasshouse.

The Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm, with last entry at 3.30pm.

Indulge in some locally produced food

Buy some great local Welsh foods, with hampers from Black Mountains Smokery  and  Authentically Welsh. Their Crickhowell Cracking Hamper will introduce you to some of Crickhowell’ delicious local artisan foods. Or why not treat yourself on this special day and visit a Welsh pub or restaurant here in the Brecon Beacons that previously made the 2016 Michelin Star Guide. Click here to find out who made it!

View the vast Welsh landscape from Cantref Riding Centre 

View the vast Welsh landscape of Brecon Beacons on horseback. Saddle up and trek across hills and plains, and see sights that will take your breath away.

Go Geocaching 

Like a little treasure hunt, explore the lands while searching for surprises hidden around the area. With over 180 geocaches, it’s a great way to explore.

Head out and conquer one of the many hillforts in the Fforest Fawr Geopark

The Fforest Fawr Geopark covers the west of our Brecon Beacons National Park., with Garn Goch being one of the largest Iron Age Hillforts in Wales and Twyn y Gaer with its stunning views isn’t far from the Visitor Centre, great for a treat afterwards! Or head out from Brecon to climb Pen-y-Crug and explore its ramparts overlooking the town. All the walks can be found here.

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Enjoy Wildlife Spotting 

There are so many species of animals to find. Search for creatures while adventuring through the Welsh wilderness!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Brecon Beacons this March then check out our website for accommodation to suit everyone here! Or why not get into the spirit and check out Welsh food and cake recipes here.

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What’s on at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this month?

Enjoy the outdoors with activities and fun at the National Botanic Gardens this February!

For the love of lichen – amazing adventures in a secret world

  • Sat 17 Feb to Sun 25 Feb
  • All day event!
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Brecon Beacons Diamond Exhibition is on the move.

The Diamond People photography exhibition will be on show at The Studio, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell from Tuesday 20th February until Sunday 4th March 2018.

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The Studio is opposite the CRiC Information Centre and is open from 10am – 5pm (Monday – Saturday) and 10am – 1pm (Sunday).

Diamond People is a photographic portrait exhibition featuring twenty one pictures of just some of the great people who have helped make the Brecon Beacons what it is today and tells the diverse story of the park.  The exhibition which was part of the National Park’s 60th year celebrations has toured around various venues and the pictures have been published within the National Press.

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Photographer of the exhibition, Billie Charity from Hay-on-Wye said; “Working on this project has introduced me to breath-taking parts of the Brecon Beacons I never knew existed, and also to some of the truly brilliant people who live and work there.”

Julian Atkins, CEO of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority added; “Diamond People is a great exhibition that shows how much diversity and activity there is across Brecon Beacons National Park; from Nepalese women assisting us with footpath maintenance, to our partnership with the National Trust to working with private businesses.  The Brecon Beacons National Park has many different strands and this exhibition displays these multiple faces of the National Park clearly and artistically.”

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Brecon Beacons named as one of the best National Parks in Europe by Lonely Planet

The Brecon Beacons National Park covers 519 square miles and is both beautiful and diverse, with rolling countryside and valleys, wide open hillsides and wildly beautiful forests, lakes, waterfalls and caves.

Renowned travel guide Lonely Planet has name-checked the Welsh attraction along with seven other national parks in European destinations like Iceland, Norway and Greece.

They are all included in Lonely Planet’s new title The Best Things in Life are Free

With our magical Dark Skies, endless countryside, rich history and plenty of adventurous things to do-it is no surprise it has made the cut!

If you’re paying our National Park a visit, the make sure you check out our 60 things to do in the Brecon Beacons 

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Book a romantic getaway to the Brecon Beacons

Getaway from it all and organise your perfect stay in the Brecon Beacons National Park! We have special places where you can enjoy a Valentine’s meal, secluded places to stay and plenty of thrilling things to do! Read on for our guide to plan the most romantic getaway to the Brecon Beacons.

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 To Stay

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

We have everything from romantic mountain retreats to luxury town apartments, perfect for those of you looking for a bolthole where you won’t be disturbed. Think cosy cottages with roaring fires, sumptuous beds and sofas, perfect for relaxing in after a romantic windswept walk. In the summer, dine al fresco while the sun sets in one of our romantic cottages perfect for two. Click here to find your perfect romantic getaway today.

The Angel Hotel

The Angel Hotel Abergavenny is a luxurious, 4 Silver Star hotel, located in the centre of Abergavenny. Situated between 7 hills on the Welsh/English border, Abergavenny is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Wales’.  They have a special offer for you to enjoy this February:

Fantanstic Friday: From £149.00

Thank goodness it’s Friday! One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing on a Friday) inclusive of the following:

  • Overnight accommodation in an Executive room
  • Bottle of Prosecco on arrival to help you unwind and forget the stresses of the working week!
  • Full English breakfast
  • Complimentary upgrade (based upon availability)

Valid until Friday 30th March 2018.

Click here for more of their special offers.

The Plough Inn

The Plough is a charming four star boutique hotel and AA rosette award winning restaurant. Set in breathtaking Welsh countryside near the historic market town of Llandeilo in the West of the park overlooking the beautiful Towy Valley. Their location is ideal for touring magical castles, country houses, gardens and attractions of the Brecon Beacons and Carmarthenshire. Within a short distance you will find Fforest Fawr Geopark, which accounts for two thirds of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Red Kite Feeding Centre, Dinefwr Park and the awe-inspiring Carreg Cennen Castle. Llandeilo is also renowned for numerous boutique shops, whether you seek gifts, clothes or jewellery, it’s a shoppers haven.

Find plenty more perfect places for your romantic stay in the Brecon Beacons here

Romantic Places to Eat

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Italian Nights at The Kitchen Garden!!

We are delighted to announce that Nonna Caterina are back at The Kitchen Garden for 2018. From the 10th of February we will be offering authentic Italian Evenings over a range of dates at The Kitchen Garden. Continuing from last years fantastic suppers, we have teamed up again with Nonna Caterina Italian Food, to create a constantly changing five-course menu, which focuses on what is available within the garden each week.

The pasta served is all organic and handmade, the salads and vegetables are our own organic produce from the garden. We will be using very local and free-range meat, but can also cater for vegetarians. £25pp. Bring your own wine.

Available Dates

Saturday 3rd February
Saturday 7th April
Saturday 21st April
Saturday May 5th
Sunday June 17th (Father’s Day)
Saturday June 23rd

From June 23rd we will be having a supper every Saturday evening until September 1st, from here they will be every other week until the end of the year, with Christmas events to be confirmed. Pre-booking is essential, to find out more or book your space call Alison on 07490143385. More here.

The Felin Fach Griffin 

This elegant country gastropub near Brecon has been showered with awards, including six time winner of Dining Pub of the Year for Wales! Downstairs you will find squashy leather sofas around a roaring fire, and you can return to a slower pace of life. The food is recognised as amongst the best in the area, focusing on strong flavours, elegant presentation and thoughtful sourcing.

The Angel Hotel

Enjoy a refined dining experience in the Angel’ Oak Room, adorned with contemporary artwork, offering rich, warm surroundings for a romantic meal. Afternoon tea at The Angel is something very special indeed, having held an Award of Excellence from The Tea Guild since 2008 and receiving their Top City and Country Hotel Award in 2011. Each morning thier specialist bakers prepare the savouries, sandwiches, cakes and scones that are presented on tiered stands. An extensive selection of over twenty loose leaf teas and infusions is offered.

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Afternoon Tea at The Angel Hotel-Credit: Visit Wales

Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall overlooks meadows leading down to the River Wye, with the Black Mountains visible in the distance. The hotel also has lovely gardens, which include roses, wild flowers and a maze. The restaurant offers an intimate fine dining experience. The food is sourced from the freshest and finest local ingredients with fruit and vegetables from the hotel’s very own kitchen garden

Llangoed Hall's intimate restaurant

Click here for more places to eat and drink in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Romantic Things to Do

Beacons Trike Tours

Welcome to Beacons Trike Tours Limited. We are a small, family run business with our base in Ystradgynlais at the foot of the stunning Brecon Beacons.

What we offer is something unique in this part of South Wales. Are you someone who has always wanted to experience the thrill of riding a motorbike, but were always too afraid to try? Or are you always the ‘nominated driver’ in your car when visiting areas of natural beauty and you always miss out on what everyone else is ‘oohing and aahing’ about? Do you have a special celebration coming up and you want something truly memorable to mark the occasion? Well look no further. The trike tours we offer can fulfil these, and many other wishes. Whether it’s the thrill of the ride you are after,  or the ability to soak up the beauty of your surroundings while being ‘chauffeur driven’, then look no further.

We offer a variety of tours of differing duration for up to 2 people at a time. You can sit back and relax on the trike, enjoy the fresh air, the stunning landscape and the thrill of the ride and leave the driving to us.

Click ‘Tours and Prices’ for more information on the tours we currently offer. Bespoke tours can be arranged. We can make special occasions even more special, for example, anniversaries, birthdays, proms, weddings. You name it, we are happy to discuss the possibilities. Just get in touch and we will see what we can do. For now, Happy Triking!

Stag and Hen Weekend Special Deal with Adventure Britain

Although there are no definitive stats to say how many people actually get engaged in the UK on St.Valentine’s Day research completed by the latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker consumer report surveyed Americans’ Valentine’s Day plans and found that six million couples are likely to get engaged on February 14th.

To celebrate this auspicious day we’d like to offer our customers this special offer with free places for all those individunusual places to get engaged to be marrieduals who became potential hens and stags as of yesterday! Read on for more

Stag and Hen Go Free on their Stag Weekend or Hen Weekend in Wales! If both the stag and hen book their stag weekend, hen weekend, stag party or hen party with Adventure Britain then both the hen and stag go free.

They don’t have to take place on the same dates. You can either travel on the same weekend or come at different times and even different years if that helps If you book your stag or hen weekend for 2018 before the end of February we’ll also throw in a free bottle of champagne! N.B. Applies to minimum group sizes of 12 or more people and to full weekend bookings only (2 nights and 2 activities) More here.

Wander around Craig Y Nos Country Park

Possibly one of the most romantic locations in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Craig y Nos Country Park is situated in a dramatic and romantic location in the secluded upper Swansea Valley. A 40-acre Victorian garden with shady woodlands, meadows, ponds, lazy lawns and rushing rivers, provides you with a great place to talk a romantic stroll this St Dwynwen’s Day!

Spend an afternoon in one of our Towns and Villages

Browse the poetry shelves of Hay-on-Wye’s many bookshops for a special way to say I love you, visit Crickhowell to find perfect local gifts and then gaze lovingly at each other over homemade cake in Abergavenny.

Head out on romantic horse ride 

Looking for a special valentine gift idea for someone you love? Why not create a special memory you will cherish forever? Or if you have something special to ask there’s no better place than the Brecon Beacons as your back drop! Cantref are the only riding centre allowed to go up on the Brecon Beacons, so this is truly a special experience for you and your loved one! Check out their treks here.

Take a Walk in Waterfall Country

What could be more magical than walking through a Welsh woodland with the sound of rushing water growing louder with every step? The geology of the Brecon Beacons National Park makes the southwestern corner a superb area for waterfalls, some of them wreathed in romantic myths of Celtic princes and princesses.

Go Stargazing

In 2013, the National Park became the first place in Wales – and only the fifth in the world – to be granted special protection as a Dark Sky Reserve. The views of the stars are superb. Don’t forget to make a wish.

Click here for more amazing things to do in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

Romantic Gifts to Give

Hampers

Buy the food lover in your life a gift from Black Mountains Smokery, a family-run gourmet food business based in the Park. Why not purchase a Valentine’s Food Lovers Hamper for £49.00, or choose any of their hampers to send to your loved one enclosing your special message from £40 – £400. Perhaps simply choose their award winning Smoked Salmon to enjoy with a champagne breakfast.

Take a pick from the many selections of hampers Authentically Welsh have put together containing all Welsh produce! Their Crickhowell Cracking Hamper will introduce you to some of Crickhowell’ delicious local artisan foods, or why not let your loved one indulge in a Luxury Welsh Food Hamper bursting with appetising and inviting foods.
With a selection of Welsh Gifts you are bound to find a present or two from Authentically Welsh.

Experiences 

Have a day you wont forget in a hurry with Hawk Adventures who can offer you a variety of activities such as power kiting, canyoning and gorge walking.Image result for old railway line garden centre florist! Or why not try something different whilst supporting a good cause with Good Day Out?

Flowers

If you’re stuck for ideas of a special gift to give this St Dwynwens and Valentines day, then head to The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, and visit the florist who can make you a bespoke bouquet from their extensive range of cut flowers for a romantic gift to a loved one.

Drink

Order a gift box of ‘simply scrumptious’ cider made from 100% apple juice at Apple County Cider or take your pick from Brecon Brewing  large range of beers. Or why not visit Penderyn Distillery who produces award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits in the foothills of the magnificent Brecon Beacons.

Click here for more special offers to enjoy this Valentines Day!

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