Walking in the Brecon Beacons

Woodland Visit – Garwnant Visitor Centre

For a great day out for the whole family why not explore one of the many woodlands open to the public within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Garwnant Visitor Centre, owned and managed by Forestry Commission Wales, is situated in Coed Taf Fawr, a large area of forestry situated in the National Park and Fforest Fawr Geopark. Coed Taf Fawr is a large mixed woodland with pleasant walks and streams running through it. It is nestled around three reservoirs,with beautiful views.

There are lots of things to do for a family day out, with walking, puzzle and mountain biking trails to a play area, visitor centre and cafe. The cafe specialises in local produce ranging from Celtic Pride beef to Welsh real dairy award-winning ice cream.There are picturesque views from the restaurant area and there is outside seating for warmer days.

There is no fishing on the Garwnant site, but you can buy a permit to fish in reservoirs nearby that are managed by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Permits may be bought from the ticket machines on site. The cost of a permit varies according to location, size of catch, age and concessions.

Why not take your dog along?
Sample Itinerary
10.30 am Arrive for morning or full day out at woodland.
10.30 – 11.00 am Explore Visitor Centre.
11.00 – 12.00 pm Enjoy one of the walks mapped from the centre, try the low rope assault course, explore the bike trail or simply enjoy the woodland environment.
12.15 – 1.15 pm Lunch.
1.20pm Further exploration of Centre and woodland, visit Llwyn-onn reservoir (Beacons Bus) or depart for home.

How to get there

Download the location map.

Garwnant Visitor Centre is situated just off the A470, five miles north of Merthyr Tydfil.

The OS grid reference is SO 003 132.

The postcode for satellite navigation is CF48 2HU.

Parking charges

There is a charge for onsite parking to help towards the upkeep of the site.

The parking charge per day is:

  • £2 for cars
  • £5 for minibuses
  • £10 for coaches

An annual season ticket is available for £20. (Please note: you need to bring coins with you for the pay and display machine, then take your ticket to the visitor centre to collect your yearly pass).


Garwnant Visitor Centre is located just off the main A470 between Brecon (14 miles to the north) and Merthyr Tydfil (five miles to the south). It is well sign posted with brown tourism signs from the A470.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Merthyr Tydfil.

The local bus service which passes the site is the T4 Merthyr to Brecon.

The Beacons Bus also passes the site and operates during the summer. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

The Taff Trail passes through Garwnant on its way from Cardiff to Brecon. This is a multi-purpose route for cyclists and walkers. The section that passes through Garwnant is more suitable for walking than cycling.

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Things to do with the kids this October Half Term

With October half term approaching there are a lot of exciting autumn family activities coming up here in the Brecon Beacons. 

October Half Term/Halloween

Bonkers for conkers and pumpkins at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales this half-term!

Conker fights and pumpkin carving are the two big ticket items this autumn half-term at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The Great Carmarthenshire Conker Contest takes centre stage in the first half of the week-long hols (Oct 22-26) and this old chestnut of an autumn event is all set to provide some cracking competition. The action kicks off on Saturday October 22 – and baking and pickling of conkers is strictly prohibited. The second half of the week is mainly predicated on pumpkins – with Carving College open for business from October 26-30.

These are just two of the fabulous family activities on offer: there will also be a scavenger hunt, make-your-own autumn crowns and garlands plus conker model-making.

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.

Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five.  Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk  or visit  https://botanicgarden.wales/

Spooktacular fun at Cantref for October half term

Featuring Creepy Crawly Show on Thursday 27th October – Are you brave enough?

A day at Cantref Adventure Farm is always a full fun day, but this October half term, we promise it will be more fun than ever before!! Halloween Bingo, Snap, Arts & Crafts, Skeleton building & Much More!!! Bring out your sp
ooky ideas and get creative at Cantref Adventure Farm’s Halloween Party!

We’re having a Fancy Dress Competition so find your scariest costumes and give us a fright!!! Also there’s a Spooky Prize for every paying child who enters ourFrighfully Fun Treasure Hunt! so get your thinking caps on & follow the clues around the farm!

Our Halloween Boo Barn is open & Mr Ev’s will be Spooktacular in his Halloween Show!!

The popular event of Pumpkin Launching is back too so why not enter the competition & see if you can beat your brothers & sisters, mums & dads or your grandparents!!

Step on our Halloween Tractor & Trailer Ride and see if you can see anything Spooky??!!

This is all going on aswell as our much loved animal shows that happen every half hour from 11.00am through to 5.00pm & our Longest Sledge in Europe & our Swamp Ride are open ready for you to have a go.

What else do you need for a full filled day?

Why don’t you host your own Halloween Party at Cantref? – £11.00 per child

Have fun with your friends with your very own spooky spectacular halloween party.
· Designated seating in the play area.
· Halloween Mask for each child.
· Guaranteed seating in the play barn.
· Hot food including a choice of Vampire Burger, Brains Bolognese on worms, Devils Fingers in mash or Devilled Veggie Kidneys and bones.
. Trick or Treat yourself to a slice of Frankenstein Cake and a fruit shoot.
· Unlimited time at Cantref Adventure Farm.



Wings of Wales and Lewis Phillips Images are holding a charity event and raising awareness for Vultures around the world. Entry is free and all you need to do is contact the Wings of Wales websitewww.wingsofwales.com to book your place. Teas,coffees and cold snacks will be available from the on-site restaurant throughout the evening. It’s a great half term family event!

Starts 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Flying demo and talk on the evening with all proceeds going to VULPRO.

Spooky Halloween Trail

Spooky Halloween Day

Join in a Halloween-themed trail at Tretower Court for a day of thrills and chills!

The trail will take participants around the Court and Castle, and everyone who completes the quiz will be rewarded with the site sticker “ Tretower C & C Halloween Trail completed!” and a goody bag of sweets.
Date-29 Oct 2016, 11am – 4pm

Adult – £6.00
Family – £16.20*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

Deep underground in Dan Yr Ogof Cave our annual ‘Halloween experience’ takes place. Long before you get to the unique setting for our Halloween festivities the cries, moans of the ghosts, and ghouls can be heard echoing through the cave! Looking up you will see witches flying out of the smaller cave passageways as they make their way to Cauldron Chamber, which is the starting point for this unearthly event.
Everywhere in this section of the cave the human skulls, spiders, rats, and screeching sounds indicate that you are in another world, the underworld, where everyone’s most terrifying fantasies have suddenly become a reality!
This is one experience you will never forget, however hard you try !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Spooky Afternoon Tea at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre – Friday 28th October (4pm)

Get into the Halloween spirit with our Spooky Afternoon Tea! We welcome families to join us for some delicious Halloween themed cakes and sandwiched before enjoying a scary story and venturing through our Halloween Walkway. There will also be a prize for the best fancy dress and a party bag for all children!

Puppet Soup – Halloween Puppetry Workshop For Young People at Theatr Brycheiniog

Wednesday 26th October 10am to 4pm

In this Halloween themed workshop all participants not only make a puppet but also have the opportunity to work, perform and play with puppets and learn basic puppetry techniques.

PuppetSoup are passionate about puppets and puppet theatre. We bring together traditional skills and modern techniques to create a unique flavour of puppetry that everyone can enjoy.

Halloween Spooktacular on Friday 28th October at Garwnant Visitor Centre

This year the event opens at 5pm, there is an aray of activities to take part in including:
– Scary Walk (starts at 5:30pm and runs every half an hour until 8:30pm) Suitable footwear to be worn and remember a torch
Halloween Arts & Crafts
– Facepainting
– Selfie Competition
– Dance performance by Fantasy Feet Dance Academy

Tickets for the scary walk are £6.00 per person this also includes free entry to the arts & crafts room. The walk is only suitable for children over 5 years old. If you are bringing children under 5 they can enjoy our fun arts & crafts room for just £2.50 per child (no charge for adults). You can tuck into our delicious offering of hot dogs, burgers and some spooky specials in the cafe.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW and can be purchased at the Garwnant Cafe. Email swatts@justperfectcatering or enquiries@justperfectcatering.co.uk if you would like to reserve tickets to pick up, tickets will be reserved for 1 week only.

Happy Halloween!

Carve out some fun with Dinefwr this October Half Term.

Pick up a pumpkin and carve out a scary face to take home, or get creative with some Halloween crafts every day in throughout Half Term.  Challenge your family to a conker competition or cook up a storm with our Rangers on Wild Wednesday, we’re cooking on a campfire.

How about a torchlight tour of Newton House? We’ll have family friendly magic and mystery tours on our History and Hauntings evening events. BOOKING ESSESNTIAL 01558 824512.

There’s load to keep even the busiest of bees busy this half term! More here











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Flying High From Talgarth

Gaze at gliders, climb to the country’s highest castle.

From Talgarth this moderate to hard route climbs up past the local gliding club on the shoulder of the Black Mountains to Castell Dinas, an inspiring viewpoint crowned with remnants of Celtic and medieval fortifications.

Need to know:
Length: 7 miles (11km)
Time: Around 3½ hours
Start and finish: Main car park in Talgarth
OS map ref: SO 153337
OS map: Explorer OL13 (1:25 000 series)
Facilities: Tourist information, toilets, shops and places to eat in Talgarth

Along the way:

Small, peaceful and friendly, Talgarth is a Walkers are Welcome town. It’s in the perfect spot for exploring the central Brecon Beacons and – even closer to home – the Black Mountains rising directly beyond the rooftops. St Gwendoline’s Church has a memorial to Hywel Harris, a remarkable man who led the Methodist Revival in Wales in 1735. The old watermill in the centre of town has been beautifully converted as part of a very successful community project that includes a bakery and café (mill tours are available). A popular walking festival takes place here each spring.
The Black Mountains, with their ridges and escarpments, regularly create perfect conditions for gliding. The club, founded by two local farmers over 30 years ago, is today a premier gliding site with some of the longest average flight times in the UK. It’s a friendly welcoming place – you’re invited to come along and watch, enjoy refreshments in the clubhouse and, best of all, take a trial lesson in a two-seater. Join the red kites and buzzards soaring in the thermals for a bird’s-eye view of the mountains.
Castell Dinas
If ever a place was destined to be a stronghold it’s this one. A looming guardian at the head of the Rhiangoll valley, ready to protect a strategic gap in the mountains, it’s easy to see why our Celtic ancestors built a hillfort here during the Iron Age. They weren’t the only ones to appreciate Castell Dinas’s ready-made defensive assets. The site was added to by Roman, 5th-century and medieval castle builders though, strange to report, it’s the Iron Age ditches and ramparts that have best stood the test of time (and weather), not the later medieval masonry. Go here and pick through ancient fortifications for a gripping sense of the past then enjoy awesome views in all directions. At 450m it’s reputedly the highest castle in the UK.

Full route description:

Walk back out of the main entrance to the car park and turn left towards the town centre. Take the second turn right (Bell Street) and fork left in front of old Magistrates’ Court.  Keep straight ahead and then fork right to Penbont Road. After crossing a little stone bridge, and passing the last house on the left, turn left through a field gate, to walk up the edge of the field, with the hedge to your right. Continue through another gate and keep ahead as the field narrows to a stile at the very top.
Turn left onto the road and then cross another stile on your left to enter another field. Keep ahead to a gate and go through to drop through woodland into Cwm Trappi Dingle. Cross the bridge and climb to cross another stile. Continue for a few paces and turn right over a stile. Now head across the field toward a twin-pole pylon in the hedge. Cross the stile about 50m up from the pylon. Climb gradually across the field to the next stile. Follow the hedge on the left for a few metres and then head uphill to join a fence and line of trees. Follow this to another stile. Then head to a stile at the right hand corner of a wood. Follow path through the wood and cross stile into a field. Cross three fields via gateways to the tarmac road at Rhosgwyn (a converted chapel). To the left is the Gliding Club and a track which leads back to Pwll y Wrach Dingle.
Bear right onto the tarmac road in front of the converted chapel, and follow it all the way to the foot the mountains. Where the road turns left, bear right, through a gate, and now follow the main track along the edge of the open ground with the ridge of Y Grib above you. Where the track drops right towards Dinas Farm, keep ahead to cross a stile in the fence and climb steeply to the ruins of Castell Dinas. (The walk returns to the same place so the climb can be avoided if necessary).
The fort offers wonderful views over the surrounding area, with the Rhiangoll Valley leading south east into the Usk Valley and the Wye Valley stretched out to the north. Explore the ruins at will and then return to the stile at the bottom of the hill. Rejoin the track going to the left downhill towards Dinas Farm. Just before the farm, at the bottom of the hill, turn right over a way-marked stile, and head across the field to a second stile and gateway. Head downhill towards hedge on left to cross another stile. Follow hedge on right, crossing another two stiles. Reach a double fenced ditch and turn left to follow this to the bottom of the field. Cross stile and climb down to cross a stream. Then go through a gate and head diagonally across field to top right hand corner. Cross the stile and follow the hedge on left hand side across two fields to reach a stile onto a tarmac road at Pentwyn. Turn left and then straightaway right onto a drive to Middle Genffordd. Where the drive bends to the right, cross a stile and then go through first gate on the right.  Cross field to a stile and then follow hedge on left through two more fields. After crossing a stile, head diagonally to top right corner of field. Join the tarmac road at drive entrance to Gwrlodde farm.
Turn right and walk down the road to rejoin the outward route at Point 2 back to Talgarth
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Walkers are Welcome

The Walkers are Welcome scheme is a collection of more than 100 towns and villages across the UK where good walking is a given. Visit any of these locations and you’ll find great information on local walks, excellent walking facilities and fantastic routes for walkers of all levels.

It goes without saying that here in the Brecon Beacons – a favourite destination for walkers – we’re well represented. Our six Walkers are Welcome towns are dotted the length and breadth of the National Park, covering all areas. They are perfect hubs for anyone wishing to sample our wonderful world of walking.  If you’re embarking on your own Brecon Beacons walking adventure, these places are ideal starting points.
Set on the banks of the river Usk at the National Park’s eastern edge, the bustling market town of Abergavenny is the perfect base for riverside strolls and more strenuous walks on surrounding mountains like the Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid. Walkers have healthy appetites, so it’s good to know that it’s also home to the annual Abergavenny Food Festival, one of the UK’s top foodie events.
Situated at the confluence of the rivers Usk and Honddu, Brecon is the beating heart of the National Park. This charming town boasts its own cathedral, Georgian

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architecture, a regular farmers’ market and access to a huge range of walks. Be sure to visit the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre situated at nearby Libanus. It’s the best place to get more information on where to walk – our experts will help you. The centre itself is the ideal starting point for walks both big and small.

Thanks to its superb choice of routes and increasingly popular annual walking festival the pretty little town of Crickhowell has a big reputation as a walking destination. You’ll find gentle strolls along the river Usk and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, plus more strenuous climbs up peaks like flat-topped Table Mountain overlooking the town. It’s also a convenient gateway to the borderland Black Mountains.
The world-famous ‘town of books’ is well known for its starry annual literary festival, but it’s an equally stellar walking destination. The Offa’s Dyke Path – which stretches for 177 miles (283km) along the Wales/England border – and the 136-mile (218km) Wye Valley
Walk both¬ pass through Hay-on-Wye. As well as the famous Hay Festival there is also a lively walking festival held every October.
This historic market and droving town is the ideal hub from which to discover the National Park’s lesser-known western reaches. It’s the gateway to the 300-square-mile (763-sq-km) Fforest Fawr Geopark, a stunning swathe of upland coun
try packed with walks exploring the landscape’s geological heritage. With its 12th-century Norman castle, cobbled market square, brightly painted buildings and visitor/heritage centre, the town itself is also well worth exploring on foot.
Billed as the ‘Gateway to the Black Mountains’, Talgarth is a popular destination for enthusiastic hill walkers, though that’s far from the full picture. The nearby nature reserves of Pwll-y-Wrach and Parkwood offer less strenuous strolls in some of the National Park’s prettiest landscapes. Find out what’s on offer at Talgarth’s annual walking festival, which takes place each May.  And whilst you are there, try visiting Talgarth
h Mill which featured on the BBC’s Village SoS programme.
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Scary amounts of fun this October Half Term at Centref Adventure Farm

Do you want a trick or treat?

Come and join in with all the spooky activities on the farm this October Half Term from Saturday 22nd October to Monday 31st October.

There will be a Pumpkin Launching, Halloween Party Games, Pumpkin Carving, Treasure Hunts, Tractor Ride, Scary Walk Through and a Fancy Dress Competition.

Combined with loads of indoor and outdoor play along with shows every half an hour through out the day you are sure to have a great day out at Cantref!

Creepy Crawly Road Show

Can you handle the Creepy Crawlies?

Families will be given the creeps this Halloween when the Creepy Crawly Show visit Cantref on Thursday 27th of October.

They specialise in family fun shows and have featured on BBC, CBBC and ITV. So why not come along and see if you are brave enough to hold a hissing cockroach or even a snake! Will you be courageous or creeped out?!

Halloween After School Party

All Treats and No Tricks!

Come along and join in with all the fun and games this Halloween at Cantref. Our Halloween Party will run from 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm on Monday 31st October.

There will be lots of great party games, music and dancing with Mr Ev’s and the team in our heated indoor play area. We will also be holding a fancy dress competition with prizes. Along with the Halloween themed activities we will have everyones favourite shows pet handling and bottle feeding the kid goats. Your ticket will include a tasty spooky themed hot meal for your child.

Host your Own Halloween Party

Party like a Ghoul!

Throughout half term we are offering a great party package for just £11 per child (includes 1 free adult entry per child and 2 free adults for the host family – Minimum 8 Children)

This Package includes:-
· Designated seating in the indoor soft play area

· Halloween Mask for each child

Hot food including a choice of Vampire Burger, Brains Bolognese on worms, Devil’s Fingers in mash or Devil Veggie kidneys and Bones. This is followed by a Frankenstein Cake and a fruit shoot.

Get your spook on this half term at Cantref Adventure Farm

There’s so much fun it’s bewitching!
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Grab your tickets early for The Royal Welsh Winter Fair

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair will host over 200 livestock classes, special 
awards and championships, all listed in the 2016 schedule, with exhibitors expecting to enter from far and wide, all competing for their share of over £25,000 of total prize money up for grabs during the two-day event.

Along with the ever-popular livestock classes, the fair also hosts competitions for hounds, homecrafts (cookery, produce and handicrafts), poultry, floral art and horticulture, lamb carcasses, dressed poultry, meat products… there is something for everyone to get involved in.

First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event.

Away from the judging rings the very best of Welsh food producers will be showcasing their produce and Christmas shoppers can explore the hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations and exhibitions and festive atmosphere.

Gates open at 8am
FREE car parking
Late night shopping on Monday night with FREE entry after 4pm
FREE spectacular fireworks display on Monday evening
Cookery, produce, handicraft, poultry, horticulture, floral art and meat products competitions
Christmas gifts
Food Hall
Livestock auctions
Santa’s grotto
E-tickets available online
Special rates available for school trips

Winter Fair schedules are available online now:

Livestock, Dressed Poultry and meat products
Floral Art and Horticulture 
Poultry Show

It’s been a busy few months at the showground…

We’ve hosted the stage 4 finish of iconic the Tour of Britain cycle race, numerous sheep sales including the popular NSA Ram Sale, the International Antiques Fair, the Brightwells Fayre Oaks sale, the tough Red Dragon Ride Festival of Endurance and our first ever Wedding Fayre.

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And there is still more to come… later this week we will have the South Wales Kennel Association Championship Dog Show, followed by more sheep and cob sales, poultry and horse shows and car rallies.

Check out our website for a full list of events happening here in Llanelwedd.

Buy your tickets here!

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Best Walks for Wildlife Spotting in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons National Park has wildlife in abundance! Here our are top walks to make sure you have a chance at spotting some of our amazing animals…
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Castle Meadows 
It’s a birdwatching bonanza on this stretch of the Abergavenn
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 walk. The banks of the river Usk are home to colonies of aerobatic sand martins, along with brightly coloured kingfishers and goosanders.
Talybont Reservoir
It may be man-made, but this 318-acre (129ha) stretch of water is a haven for wildlife. As you pass on the walk from Bwlch to Tor y Foel, keep your eyes peeled for water birds like pochard, tufted duck, mallard and teal.

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Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad
Known for unusual alpine-arctic plants like purple saxifrage and serrated wintergreen – found here at their southernmost extreme in the UK – craggy Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad is a natural highlight of both the Glyn Tarrell Geotrail and the Storey Arms to Visitor Centre walks.
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Traeth Mawr and Traeth Fach
These neighbouring marshlands en route to Cefn Llechid form part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to their natural bounty. As well as unusual bog plants and colourful dragonflies, you may spot birds like snipes, curlews and lapwings.
Mynydd Illtud
Explore this undulating common on the walk from the Visitor Centre and you can expect to spot fork-tailed red kites wheeling in the sky above. Also watch out for colourful butterflies and birds like larks and wheatears.
Llangorse Lake 

Llangorse Lake is a fantastic haven for wildlife. Otters and water voles are among the mammals to be found here. More often than not they’re hidden in the reeds, so you’re unlikely to see them, but you won’t miss the birds – warblers, coots, swallows, swifts and large flocks of Canada geese and other migrants congregate at Llangorse at different times of year.

To get a good look, follow the footpath which leads round the western shore to the Llangasty Nature Reserve near Ty-Mawr Farm, or make for the car park near Llangasty church. There’s a beautifully designed timber bird hide in the reserve, looking out over the reeds and the water beyond.

…or why not head to our waterways to spot otters! They can be found in and around most of the waterways in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Spare a thought for otters when you’re choosing your picnic spot – remember, the river bank is their home! Naturally, they suffer from our litter and pollution, so please do your best to leave the waterway as you find it, if not better!

Find more walks here!

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