The Brecon Beacons, renowned as a destination that offers escapism and sheer beauty to visitors looking to explore one of the most picturesque places in Britain.
However there’s also a lesser known darker side behind the heavenly scenes. Not only do we have the most haunted pub in Wales, maybe even the UK, we also have a few places where there have been a few ghostly sightings…
So here’s our Halloween special round-up of what you can get up to during a spooky visit to the national park.
Go Ghost Busting in the Brecon Beacons… “Haunted Hills Hike”- 31st October 2012
1. Go on a halloween hike with Kevin Walker Mountain Activities to some hauntingly strange spots. Brought to you by Kevin Walker, a hiking guide based in the Brecon Beacons who really knows the hills and mountains like the back of his hand. Discover areas in the park that have been scenes of murders, places that have a spooky story to them and plenty more. The walk is £35 per person.
For information click here or call 01874 658784
2. A spooky evening at Erwood Craft Centre… Friday 26th of October 5pm- 9pm
This is an evening that’s ideal for some Halloween family fun. There’s loads going on to keep all the family entertained with a few scary activities thrown in.
Discover the spooky side to glass blowing, listen to some live music, burning brazier, hot chocolate & marshmallows and Halloween fun! Visitors can also bring their own pre-carved pumpkins for the pumpkin competition.
Wish spheres will be hung in the trees around the craft centre entrance and will range in price from £3 to £6 each, with 50% of the proceeds donated between Dyslexia Support Powys & the Friends Of Erwood Station restoration fun.
Information: 01982 560674, see www.erwood-station.co.uk
Location: Erwood Station Craft Centre and Gallery, Llandeilo Graban, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SJ.
3. A trip to Tretower Court and Tower and the wandering “white lady”…
Tretower Court is a majestically preserved 14th century manor house with a ruined castle tower nearby that dates back to medieval times.
It’s so soaked in history, a few people suspect it might be haunted. So it was no surprise when the TV series “Most Haunted” filmed an episode there and discovered a few things. According to the guides who were working that day, the presenters “made lots of noise and all came out feeling very sad!”. We’re quite sure you’ll be feeling more amazed than sad when you visit this quite outstanding place.
The White Lady Ghost…
However maybe a visit on the scariest day of the year might stir-up a resident from the past. It is believed that a ghost known as the “White Lady” can be spotted walking along the balcony and across the courtyard, she’ll then stop and stand staring out to Chepstow. In the female quarter of the bed chambers some people have also said to have felt very cold and like there was a presence in the room.
It is believed the ghost does this as she is still waiting for her husband Roger Vaughan to come home to her. The tragic history goes that Roger Vaughan was beheaded, after being captured by his rival Jasper Tudor during the War of the Roses. Leaving the “lady in white” known as Lady Margaret, to live a lonely life alone and forever waiting in Tretower Court.
Tretower court is a really worthwhile place to visit and provides tours. So be sure to stop by to discover a place that has had a lot of influence to Wales and the Brecon Beacons.
The building has been restored to how it would have been when Henry Vaughan and family would have lived there.
Adult passes are just £4 and a family of four costs just £11. Tretower Castle and court is open 7 days a week until the end of October. Then from 1st November to the end of March it’s only open from Friday – Sunday every week. For more information click here.
4. Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves
We can’t think of a more fitting place to spend Halloween than at the caves! Hundreds of feet below ground in areas that might have been used as burial chambers.
Can you survive the dark terrifying passages? Be sure to stop by the “bone cave” which has a reconstructed burial grounds from the Stone Ages. Watch out and don’t forget to duck if you spot a few bats…
If you’re brave enough to visit between 27 -30 October. on this darkest of dark days you’ll enjoy a unique day at the show caves.
Designed to spook everyone, but scare no one! Expect a fearfully fun day out at Halloween at the funnest family farm in the Brecon Beacons.
For the entire half term Cantref Adventure Farm, will be putting on a Halloween Extravaganza. Expect plenty of fun for everyone with activities such as:
Pumpkin Launching, Mr Ev’s Halloween Show, Spooky Tractor & Trailer Ride, Halloween Colouring Competition, Ghost Treasure Hunt, Boo Barn and Spooky Castle and Meet the Rodents.
There is a free pumpkin for every full paying child and loads of fun things to do.
For more information click here.
Brecon Beacons Spookily Special Food & Drink
Buster’s Broomstick Brew From Brecon Brewing…
Brecon Brewing are doing a limited edition very special beer that will send shivers up your spine! It’s a Halloween Special consisting of a spooky Blood Red Ale, all treat, no trick! If you’re in a local Brecon Beacons pubs be sure to try a pint!
Dinner at the Skirridd Inn…
Possibly one of the best places in the UK to have a late night meal during halloween. The Inn is regarded as one of the most haunted in the UK, the oldest pub in Wales. 180 people were hung for crimes there…
Black Mountain Gold…
Special Halloween Chocolates to die for, consisting of ghost lollies and trolls with brains and blood. for the latest information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Black Mountain Gold Chocolate, Studio 48 & 49 The Courtyard, Standard Street, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1BZ.