There’s no doubt about it – the Brecon Beacons National Park is a walker’s paradise, from the heights of Pan y Fan to Offa’s Dyke and the magnificent Taff Trail. Here’s our pick of some of the park’s best accommodations for hikers…
1. Llanthony Court Farmhouse (www.llanthonycourt.co.uk) – An absolutely incredible spot at Llanthony Abbey. They also own The Wain House – a basic bunkhouse that suits those travellers on a bit more of a budget. www.llanthonybunkbarn.co.uk
2. Llundain Fach (www.littlelondonwales.co.uk) – Head out the front door and you can go right up onto the Giedd Forest Ridge and on towards the two lakes Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach. Head out the back door and you can follow along the National Cycle Route 43 and perhaps the Ystradfawr Nature Reserve.
3. Castle Farm (www.capel-y-ffin.co.uk) – You can walk straight onto the Black Mountains from the back door! Top walks include going to Twmpa (Lord Hereford’s Knob) on to Gospel Pass and Hay Bluff, The Black Hill and along Offa’s Dyke to Llanthony Priory. Grwyne Reservoir is also accessible.
4. Cantref Coach House (www.cantrefcoachhouse.wales4you.co.uk) – You can walk right to Pen y Fanwithout having to bring your car along with you, plus there are plenty of footpaths, bridle paths and lanes in close proximity that lead onto the hills or into Brecon. Owners also recently unveiled Brecon Beacons Tipis -(www.breconbeaconstipis.co.uk) Also see: www.breconcottages.com
5. Glynmeddig (www.glynmeddig.co.uk) – A 4* bunkhouse accommodation for groups of up to 20 situated 3 miles beneath the Epynt. There are 3 walks mapped from the bunkhouse door incorporating access to the Epynt path.
6. Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages (www.breconcottages.com) – With more than 350 accommodations scattered throughout the national park, there’s a great variety of self-catering cottages in prime hiking locations, whether you’re taking the whole family or that someone special.
7. Black Dragon Cottages (www.blackdragoncottages.com) – All located in an area of unspoiled natural beauty, nestled in the foothills of the Black Mountain. At Gwynfe, Llangadog in the west of the area there are paths that lead literally from the house onto the mountain.
8. Penyrheol Barn (www.penyrheol-barn.co.uk) – Another accommodation with an amazing position at the foot of the mighty Pen y Fan. translated as ‘Head of the Road’, the property boasts panoramic views and walks from the doorstep. Also see: www.breconcottages.com
9. Neuadd Cwnyoy (www.neuaddcwmyoy.co.uk) – Just a short distance from the house you’ll find footpaths leading through the farm and into the beautiful Llanthony Valley, as well as out onto Hatterall Hill. Also see: www.breconcottages.com
10. Danywenallt YHA (www.yha.org.uk/hostel/danywenallt) – You’ll find this budget-friendly accommodation along the Taff Trail on the side of the Talybont Reservoir.