Ideas for a fun packed Whitsun Half Term in the Brecon Beacons

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this Half Term then don’t panic! The Brecon Beacons has plenty of things to see and do to keep the whole family entertained! Here our are top 10 ideas…

Places Brecon Beacons

One: Discover Welsh gold at Dolaucothi Gold Mines
These unique gold mines are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley.  2,000 years ago, the powerful Romans left behind a glimpse of gold-mining methods. The harsh mining environment continued in the 19th and 20th centuries, ending in 1938.  Go on a guided tour and be taken back, to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings.

Two: Black Mountain. Enjoy the quietness of the park, staying in quality accommodation such as Aber Cottages which are part of a working organic hill farm in the quieter Western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Three:  Maen Llia is a 3.7 metre high standing stone. It’s age and original purpose are unknown though it is thought to date from the Bronze Age.  Stay in the Castle Coaching Inn near by.

Four: The Gospel Pass south of Hay-on-Wye is the highest road pass in Wales.  The name is supposed to derive from the passage through the Black Mountains in the 12th century of Crusaders preaching and fundraising.  This is a great area for cycling and hiking.  Hire bicycles or get a walking guide from Drover Holidays who are situated near by.

Five:  Llanthony Priory is a partly ruined former Augustinian priory which dates back to 1100.  Try Llanthony Riding and Trekking for a fun horse ride around this picturesque valley.

Six:  Enjoy a fun day out at Carreg Cennen Castle.  It’s in a great area for walking and the castle is situated in one of the most spectacular settings in the Brecon Beacons.

Seven: Take a tour to find out about the unique history of Welsh whisky at Penderyn Distillery.  This is a fun trip where there’s plenty to see, learn and sample at Wales’ only whisky distillery.

Eight:  Visit the Forgotten Landscapes World Heritage Site and Visitor Centre to discover a site considered as special as the pyramids and the Great Wall of China.  The Forgotten Landscapes are a rich mosaic of geological features, industrial relics and nationally important wildlife habitats.  Forgotten Landscapes are indeed a testimony to human endeavor but also a testimony to the healing power of nature. Start with a visit to the Blaenavon World Heritage Visitor to pick up maps of trails and learn about the area.

Nine:  The National Coal Mine Museum or Big Pit offers a unique insight to the incredible industrial history of Wales past.  Take a free tour of a historic underground mine.

Ten: Garwnant Visitor Centre offers a great day out.  Explore over 400 acres of beautiful woodland. Experience our tranquil nature trails or thrilling kids’ mountain bike course and enjoy fresh local produce in our restaurant.

Check out events happening this Half Term here.

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May Half Term in the Brecon Beacons

From fun-filled days out at Cantref Adventure Farm, magic shows at Hay festival and a summer of stories at Tretower Court, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied this half-term- May 27 to Sunday June 4.

1. Sheep Week at Cantref Adventure Park

With over 9 million sheep in Wales, we are celebrating our nation’s favourite wooly animal – the sheep! Join Farmer Ken and watch him shear a sheep and learn lots of interesting facts. During Half Term we have many more SHEEP-tastic activities to enjoy

Live shows every half an hour including Bottle Feeding Lambs, Meet the Rare Breed Sheep, Mr Ev’s Show, Pig Racing, Tractor & Trailer Ride, along with Europe’s largest Super Sledge Ride. You are guaranteed a fun filled family day out this school holiday whatever the weather.
A family day out that “ewe” will never forget!

Book Tickets here.

Why not extend your stay with a camping break at Cantref! We have a 4 star family friendly camp-site with stunning views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. We have 16 pitches for tents all with electric hook-up and access to free wi-fi. We also have a great deal of 2 days entry for the price of 1 into the Adventure Farm for all families staying on the camp-site at Cantref. Info here.

2. National Botanic Gardens of Wales 

The Garden has plenty of events and activities on over the Spring Bank Holiday for the whole family!

Saturday May 27th

Pembrokeshire Falconry – Enjoy flying displays by Pembrokeshire Falconry’s brilliant birds!

Archery – Give archery a go as Hawk Adventures call into the Garden, behind the Apothecary’s Hall

Wednesday Stitchers & Doll’s Houses Displays in Principality House

Dinefwr Photographic Society Display in the Great Glasshouse

Sunday May 28th

Pembrokeshire Falconry – Enjoy flying displays by Pembrokeshire Falconry’s brilliant birds!

Tree Climbing – Tree climbing fun with Hawk Adventures

Steve Williams Trio – Music in the Great Glasshouse from 1-3pm

Wednesday Stitchers & Doll’s Houses Displays in Principality House

Dinefwr Photographic Society Display in the Great Glasshouse

Monday May 29th

Doggy Day – Bring your pooch for a mooch around the Garden’s 568 acres

The Quack Pack – Meirion Owen and his world-famous Quack Pack pay a visit to the Garden, shows at 12, 1, 2 & 3pm.

Jugglestruck – Magic and tricks by everyone’s favourite magician in Theatr Botanica

Caroline Harrison – Music in the Great Glasshouse from 1-3pm

Fiddlebox – Folk music around the Garden

Abseiling – Abseiling fun with Hawk Adventures

Wednesday Stitchers & Doll’s Houses Displays in Principality House

Dinefwr Photographic Society Display in the Great Glasshouse

As well as our fab new play park, the hay bale maze, water zorbing and the tropical butterflies in the Butterfly House!

Admission to the Garden is £10.50 (including Gift Aid), or £25 for a Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children).

For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149 or email info@gardenofwales.org.uk 

3. The Hay Festival Related image

There are plenty of events suitable for grown ups and children alike at this years Hay Festival! Here are some events that children will love:

Thursday 25th May– 7:30pm-Morgan & West
Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present an evening chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind. ‘Dazzlingly clever and very funny! Superb!’  £8.30

Saturday 27th-11:30- Dick Vs Dom
Dick and Dom are coming back to Hay, and will be having a riot on stage with their new show Dick vs Dom where they split the crowd in half and everyone play games against one another in the audience and on stage. It’s either that or everyone will just sit in silence and have 45 mins quiet reading time together… £9.30

Sunday 34th June- 2:30pm-Bill Bailey talks to Jon Gower
BILL BAILEY’S REMARKABLE GUIDE TO BRITISH BIRDS
The comedian introduces his humorous and very personal guide to his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons and some spectacular impressions. ‘When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know. £8.30

Check out our full guide here.

4. Geopark Activity DayImage result for geopark activity day

Geopark Activity Day 31st May 2017 10am – 4pm.

Come and join us for a fun filled family activity day at Craig-y-nos Country Park.  Free entry, car park £5.

There will be lots of activities for all ages, including the very popular zip-wire, geocaching, woodland games and traditional crafts, plus lots more to see, do and discover.

5. Theatr Brycheiniog

Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year. Here are just some of the shows you can watch this half term.

You’ve Got Dragons

Saturday 27 May, 11.00am & 2.00pm. Tickets £10.00 (concs £7.00) Family Tickets £30.50

On Saturday 27 May we bring you You’ve Got Dragons, a touching story told in a beautifully inclusive way with BSL, age appropriate audio description and video captioning wonderfully integrated throughout the action.

“Dragons come when you least expect them. You turn around… and there they are.”

Worries, fears, anxieties… they are all dragons and they sneak up on most of us at one time or another. Lots of people get them. Even really really good people get them. And sometimes they are hard to get rid of.

With you, the audience, sitting on stage on benches and cushions this is the perfect show to capture the attention of children aged 4 and over. Come along and find out what a young girl with a bad case of the dragons can do.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Sunday 28 May, 4.00pm & Monday 29 May, 11.00am & 2.00pm. Tickets £12.00, (concs £10.00) Family

Ticket £40.00

It’s time to hear the Moon’s story, one you will NEVER forget…

Gather round for the Moon’s magical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home any more since her evil Aunty banned it. But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again!

Featuring stunning puppets, original live music and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in!

The show is just everything a children’s theatre experience should be.Childplays

6. Big Pit

Landscape Detectives- 27 May4 June 2017, 12pm-4pm

Cost Free
Suitability Families
Pick up a trail and explore the Coity Tip to discover how nature has transformed this once ugly spoil heap to a haven for wildlife. Hunt for treasures of the natural world. What will you discover? Please ask for a trail at Reception when you arrive.
Creative Creatures30 May1 June 2017, 12pm-4pm

Cost £1 per child
Suitability Families
 Take some inspiration from the wildlife at Coity Tip and drop in to make cool creatures and beautiful bugs.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

7. Summer of Stories – Tretower Court and Castle

Tretower Summer of Stories

30th May- A celebration of Wales’s oral traditions, held across several Cadw sites. Come and discover more as part of Summer of Stories.

Wales is renowned worldwide for its literature and poetry, and this summer you will be able to experience the best of Welsh tale spinning. In conjunction with Summer of Stories, Cadw invites you to join a storyteller at a site near you this May and June to celebrate Wales’s oral heritage.

Listen to stories based on historical characters, legends and myths from across Wales. Drop in to listen to a story based on Welsh culture and heritage.

Each story can last up to 30 minutes. No booking required. www.summerofstories.org.uk

Dates, times and prices

Dates and times
30 May 2017- 11.00am – 4.00pm

Prices
Adult – £6.50
Family – £19.30*
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

7. Wild Wednesday Workshop at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre – 31st May – 10.30am

RAINFOREST ROADSHOW

Our Wild Wednesday workshops offer a fun and creative workshop for children every Wednesday during the school holidays.

This is always our most popular Wild Wednesday of the year! Dave and Sue from The Rainforest Roadshow will be joining us again with a range of their interesting insects and animals from accross the world.

Also enjoy a range of rainforest themed craft activities including colouring in an Insect Glider and decorating a Jungle Hand Puppet!

BOOKING REQUIRED AS SPACES LIMITED: Book here.

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Summer Festival Guide

With Hay Festival just around the corner, it’s officially the start of the 2017 Festival Season here in the Brecon Beacons! And we definitely have our fair share of music, food and family festivals that will put you in the celebration spirit.

Our annual festivals celebrate our very best walking, food, drink, arts, music and entertainment the National Park has to offer. We like nothing better than a good get-together, and all are welcome….

May

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts-25th May-4th June

www.hayfestival.com

Hay-on-Wye is rightly famous for this superb event which celebrates contemporary literature and intelligent discussion. The concHay Festival ©ept may be unashamedly highbrow, but the festival definitely has a fun side, with plenty of humourists in attendance, tasty food on offer and lively musical events at fringe venues. The formula has proved so successful, it’s spread from Hay to places as far-flung as Lebanon, Mexico and the Maldives.
This year it’s even more special, it’s the festivals 30th birthday and everyone is invited! Hay Festival Wales takes place 25 May – 4 June in Hay-on-Wye, bringing writers and readers together to share stories and ideas in events that inspire, examine and entertain. Browse the programme and buy tickets or check out our guide to this years’s festival here

June

Dinefwr Food Festival- 17th-18th

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr

Join Dinefwr once again for a weekend of foodie fun! – 10:00 – 18:00

There’s plenty of activities for children, with cookery activities focused on having fun with food, health eating and how to Plant It, Grown It, Eat it.

Music and much much more.

Event ticket prices- This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

July

The Royal Welsh Show-24th-27th

The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show, will be held on 24 – 27 July 2017 at the showground in Llanelwedd. Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.

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Credit: http://www.rwas.wales/

August

Brecon Fringe Festival-10th-13th

www.breconfringe.co.uk

The Fringe  is an open-access event, which means gigs and events over the Fringe are organised and funded independently by local landlords, venue owners and individuals. There is no official commitee – which is probably why it’s so successfThe Boar'sul!  We then promote these events under the title Brecon Fringe Festival. Many of the gigs at pubs, galleries, cafes etc are regulars but anyone can put an event on as part of the Brecon Festival Fringe and we will include it on the programme.

Brecon Fringe Festival offers opportunities for local bands to perform (as well as bands from further afield). It also brings money into the town, and this money goes into local businesses therefore directly supporting theBrecon community.

Come to the Fringe if you like blues, rock, R&B, comedy, dance and alternative performances as well as occasional bursts of jazz. There are also family friendly events and workshops and children’s entertainment.

There are 30+ venues again in 2017 with live music and other events taking place all over town and in nearby villages. The 2017 programme will be updated shortly  but visit us our Facebook Page  and follow @BreconFringe for up to date news and comments in the meantime.

Green Man-17th-20th

www.greenman.net

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A fantastic four-day event in a beautiful, rural setting. From humble beginnings, it has grown to become the biggest music festival in Wales. This year’s headliners include Michael Kiwanuka, PJ Harvey, Future Islands and Kate Tempest, with acts who have taken part in the past including Mumford and Sons, Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker and Spiritualized. Good food, art installations and bonfires set the scene.

Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains-26th and 27th

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In Talgarth, you can join the locals as they celebrate the August Bank Holiday weekend with a free family day out, featuring food, music and entertainment.

September

Abergavenny Food Festival-16th and 17th

www.breconbeacons.org/food-festivals

Abergavenny’s weekend-long festival of food, drink and foraging already has an excellent reputation and, like good wine, it gets better every year.

Expect stalls, demos, talks and fascinating activities such as guided wild food walks. This year’s lineup is bigger than ever and includes speakers such as Hugh Fearnley–WhittingstallTom Kerridge and Jay Rayner. There will be tours and forages, chef demos, masterclasses and plenty of proper Welsh food!

Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates droving, sheep farming & the wool industry.  All weekend the town of Llandovery will be celebrating its farming routes and connection to the drovers trails of old. Highlights of the weekend include the fantastic sheep race, sheep dog trials & sheep shearing demonstrations amongst other great sheep-related fun. There will be competitions and music throughout.
Please visit the website here for the festival schedule and full list of fun things to do and see.

We Hope you enjoy celebrating our Summer of festivals here in the Brecon Beacons National Park!

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Car Free Days Out in the Brecon Beacons

With improvements in public transport, it’s never been easier to leave the car behind and if you do, you can sit back and enjoy the views in the knowledge that you are making a greener choice. You’ll be amazed how much your view of a place changes when you slow down and explore up close. Here are some sites and attractions along the major bus routes, which have easier access. Please click here for more Easier Access Attractions.

Abergavenny

  1.  Castle and Museum (01873 854282)
    Route X43, nearest bus stop Abergavenny Bus Station (approx 400m away)
    The Museum housed in a 19th century hunting lodge in the castle grounds, is mostly accessible but there are flights of steps between some levels. the gravel paths around the grounds are mostly level, but there are some steep slopes.
  2.  Castle Meadows (Monmouth County Council-01633 644856)
    Route X43, nearest bus stop Abergavenny Bus Station (approx 400m away)Image result for castle meadows abergavenny
    The area of flat grazing land next to the River Usk is perfect for a picnic and has paths of tarmac, grass or concrete grids. Some paths run alongside the river and are shared with a cycle way.
  3.  Tithe Barn Exhibition Centre (Abergavenny TIC-01873 853254)
    Route X43, nearest bus stop Abergavenny Bus Station (approx 350m away)
    This 12th century building houses an exhibition showing 1000 years of Abergavenny’s history, along with a foodhall ad shop. The barn is full accessible and has a lift on the first floor.

Town Guide here

Crickhowell

  1. Bullpit Meadows (Crickhowell TIC-01873 811970)
    Route X43 nearest bus stop Crickhowell Square (approx 500m away)
    These riverside meadows are close to the bridge over the River Usk, with a tarmac path that runs for 370 metres with seats and picnic benches along the way.

  2. 12th century Norman Castle- (Monmouth County Council-01633 644856)
    Route X43 nearest bus stop Crickhowell Square (approx 100m away)
    The remains of Alisby’s castle can be seen from the A40 through Crickhowell, and there’s a tarmac path from the main road through the bailey now a recreation ground. 
  3. Tretower Court and Castle- 01874 730279
    Route X43 nearest bus stop Gliffaes Turn (approx 650m)
    An early 13th century circular tower and medieval fortified house. The ground floor of the building is level and the grounds have cobbles in the courtyard and firm grass in the garden.

Town Guide Here

Brecon

  1.  The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh- 01874 613310
    Route X43 nearest bus stop Brecon Barracks (approx 25m)Image result for reg museum royal welsh
    The museum charts the history of the South Wales Borderers, the Welch Regiment and the Royal Regiment of Wales (including displays on the Zulu War). The access to the museum is level. 

  2. The Canal Basin Brecon- (British Waterways- (01873 830328)
    Route X43 nearest bus stop Brecon Bulwark (approx 400m)
    Public boat trips (including one with a wheelchair life) operate from here alone one of the most scenic and spectacular canals in the Uk. You can also access the towpath from here for a short 500m canalside walk to a picnic area.
  3. Brecon Cathedral and Heritage Centre- (01874 623857)
    Route X43 nearest bus stop Brecon Cathedral (change at Interchange first, then take bus 40A)
    The historic cathedral is open every day and all buildings are accessible, with a ramp into the cathedral itslfe. The 16th century tithe barn houses the heritage centre, shop and Pilgrims restaurant. 

Town Guide here

West of the Park

  1. Craig y Nos Country Park- (01639 730 395)
    Route X63, nearest bus stop Adelina Patti Hospital
    Easy to follow, mostly surfaced paths take you through this beautiful 40 acre country park to woodland, meadows, lakes and picnic areas.
  2.  Llandovery Tourist Information Centre- (01550 720693)
    Route 64, nearest bus stop Llandovery Castle Car park (apporx 110metres)
    This information centre provides an insight into the history of the local area and information on the National Park. The heritage centre is on the first floor, which can be reached by stairlift.

 

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Win a weekend break for two to the Brecon Beacons

We have teamed up Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages to offer you the chance to win a weekend break for two to the Brecon Beacons.

To enter our competition all you have to do is simply sign up to our Brecon Beacons newsletter here. You’ll receive a regular e-newsletter from us which will include information, special offers, discounts and upcoming events.

Prize includes:

Weekend break for two at Groves Cottage, Talybont to include an activity and dinner for two.

grove cottage

Groves Cottage is a very pretty terraced cottage in the village of Talybont-on-Usk with a sunny balcony, enclosed garden and views over The Usk Valley.  Walks from the door along The Brecon and Monmouth Canal, up into the hills, mountain bike on The Taff Trail and walk to the four local pubs, the village shop and cafe.  Perfect for a weekend break in the Brecon Beacons.

Terms and Conditions of the Competition
1. This contest will end on the 4th June 2017. We will contact the winner by email provided when you sign up to the Brecon Beacons Newsletter.   If we can’t contact the winner or receive no reply to our messages after three attempts then we will have to re-select a winner.

2 These terms and conditions apply to the “Win a weekend break for two to the Brecon Beacons” (the “Promotion”) and by entering, entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions in their entirety.

3. No purchase is necessary to enter the Promotion.

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

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

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

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

8. The competition will end at 12 midnight GMT on Sunday 4th June (the “closing date”). Entries received after the closing date will not be processed.

9. There will be one (1) winner selected at random from all of the entries validly submitted in accordance with these terms and condition. The winners will be notified via the e-mail address provided.

9. The prize has Terms and conditions which will apply, they activities must be agreed and booked in advance with the provider – the short break can not be taken in school holidays.  Subject to availability.

 

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

The prizes must be claimed and used subject to the provider’s terms and conditions once notified.

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

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

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

14. Please note these terms and conditions may be changed and updated for different contests without notice.
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Brecon Town Open Studios 2017

Brecon Town Open Studios 2017 is on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June, with artists’ studios open between 12pm-7pm on both days. Several participating artists, including painters, a visual artist, a sculptor-weaver, landscape photographer, a glassmaker, and others will be opening their studios in the historic market town of Brecon, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Works of art will be available for sale direct from the artists and makers, alongside prints, greetings cards, and more.

Image result for Brecon Town Open Studios 2017This year’s participants include:

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Credit: Sean Crawford-Landscape Photographer

Hilda Benham
Roy Powell
Sean Crawford
Sue Hiley Harris
Tessa Waite
Kathryn Roberts
Jan Lewis-Jones (Camden Road)
Veronica Gibson (Charles Street)
Graeme Galvin (Dan Y Gaer)
The Vaults (Artists studios in Market Street)

A walking trail connects the studios, and includes some of Brecon’s elegant Georgian streets and lesser-known byways, and offers fabulous views of Brecon Cathedral, the rivers Usk and Honddu, as well as of the Brecon Beacons.

Entry is free, and a map and information can be picked up from many venues in Brecon, and downloaded from this page.

Tea, coffee and cakes or biscuits will be available at many of the studios for a charity donation. The studios are working studios, many in artists’ own homes, alongside a studio of collaborating artists in the vaults underneath Brecon’s historic market hall. Please telephone venues to check accessibility if you are concerned about access.

Stay updated via their website here! Like the event on Facebook here!

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Top Cycle Routes in the Brecon Beacons

Looking for some inspiration for your next cycling adventure? Then look no further! Owners of the Bridge Cafe B and B,  Jon & Carole Paish, have shared with us their favourite road rides starting and finishing in Brecon. These are quite short – 1 to 2 hours, and take in some of the best scenery and quiet roads.  You could string 2 of them together for a longer ride! You will need the OS map to work out the exact route, but here are some basic directions.

 

1. Llangorse Loop 30km

 Leave Brecon at the roundabout by the Leisure Centre, take route 8 to T junction, then right into Groesfford, turn left towards Llangorse on the B road, but at the top of the hill turn right to Talyllyn – lovely views to R of the Beacons, and soon Llangorse lake is seen on the left.  At T junction turn R to Pennorth, and at the end left to Llangasty.  More views here and lovely downhill past Treberfydd.  Turn L at sign to Cathedine, and pass pretty cottages until you climb steeply to the road coming from Bwlch.  Turn left here and swoop along the undulations, into Llangorse (choice of 2 pubs if you are thirsty) then after the pubs take the left to Llanfihangel, and a gentle climb back to the top of the hill you first climbed.  Flat out down the hill to Groesfford and left at the bottom, then turn right just after the underpass to return to town along the canal.

2.  Mynydd Meander 25km

Leave Brecon through Llanfaes towards Cardiff, and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit past the Homebase store and Livestock market.  Climb gently for 5 km to cattle grid (Strava segment) then as you crest the top enjoy fantastic mountain views to your left. Enjoy the rolling narrow road for 9 or 10 km now until you reach a t-junction with the A4215.  Turn left and make the fast and easy descent to the main A470 just south of Libanus.  Cross the A road (slightly right/left) and take the small lane by the National Trust sign.  After a row of white cottages turn left and head back towards Brecon on tiny lanes with hedges thick with birds and wildflowers. There are several options here, best to keep R at the first junction, and then just follow your nose.  You will end up back in Llanfaes where you turn R back into town.

3. Aberyscir Adventure – 25 km

This time take the Cradoc road, climbing out of town for about 3km and turn left at Cradoc dropping down to Aberyscir and carry on towards Aberbran.  Just before Aberbran turn R signposted to Soar and start the first of 5 short climbs on this circuit. Pass some lovely woodland then drop down to Soar and turn right after you have passed all the houses. Start the next climb then as it flattens off and goes round to the left, turn right and climb again.  More nice woodland here, then drop into a stream valley and steeply up the other side. It feels quite remote now, as you climb again on seldom used lanes with grass growing up the middle. Eventually the road swings R and flattens momentarily.  There is still a bit more climbing after you pass a farm with sheepdogs on the left, but soon you emerge on to Aberyscir common, with massive views and a lovely descent back down to the village of Aberyscir where you turn left and rejoin the road from Cradoc. A few metres of easy climbing and then downhill all the way back to town.

4. Lunch at the Mill – 33 km

Start the same as route 1, this time follow route 8 all the way to Talgarth.  This is a hilly one with a few steep climbs, but lovely narrow lanes and very little traffic.
Lovely views when you top out at Penyrallt before the descent to Llanfilo.  When you reach Talgarth just head into the centre and you will find the mill near the Bridge Inn.  The Bakers Table cafe does brilliant light lunches and cakes.
The return journey has a few options, none as hilly as the outbound route.  The shortest return is back the same way to the turn off from the B4560, but turn left almost immediately after this turn, and follow the very tiny lane via Tredwstan and Glyndwr, back to Llanfihangel.  From here it is a gentle climb back towards Brecon, and a fast descent to Groessford, where you can turn left and return via the canal tow path, or right back to route 8 where it ducks under the A470.
For a longer ride, stay on the B4560 to Llangorse and continue to Bwlch.  Turn left through Bwlch and right to Llangynidr on the bend coming down the hill.  (Take care as cars come fast round this bend) Down the hill to cross the Usk at Llangynidr on a lovely old bridge, then right to Talybont on Usk, and tea and cake at the Post Office if it is open.  Return to Brecon on the B road, or along the canal path.

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