St Dwywen’s Days Guide to a Romantic Weekend in the Brecon Beacons…

The story of St Dwynwen is pretty tragic tale, for centuries, ever since an angel granted the wish of the young Princess Dwynwen that she should forever be at hand to help others through the journey of love.  

St Dwynwen’s day has now turned into one of the most romantic days in Wales. So here are some suggestions on how to have a romantic weekend in Brecon Beacons.  There’s also a special event taking place at Myddfai Community Hall tonight.

Some Romantic Walks…

By Kevin Walker ©

By Kevin Walker ©

Canal Walk Brecon to Talybont on Usk, there are plenty of stopping points for a romantic lunch along the banks. Lots of charming locals pubs can easily be accessed from the path such as the White Swan Inn, Llanfrynach or the Star Inn, Talybont- on-Usk.  It’s a calm and relaxing walk, with plenty of good sites.

A hike up Hay Bluff

A hike up Hay Bluff

Hay Bluff and Twmpa is also known as Lord Hereford’s Knob, and no we’re not trying to sound crude!  This mountain is a very accessible peak in Hay Bluff in the Black Mountains if you’re coming from Hay-on-Wye.  The road goes to it’s highest point making the peak easy to hike up.  Enjoy sitting on the top of this picturesque peak soaking in the stunning views.

Stunning views at Forgotten Landscapes

Stunning views at Forgotten Landscapes


Thomas Hill’s Tram Road, head to the Forgotten Landscapes in Blaenavon for a different, but enjoyable Brecon Beacons walk along an old tram road.  The path is connected with the Montmouthsire and Brecon Canal and you can choose how far you wish to walk.  Along the way the old tram road has great views and traces of ruins from the areas past industrial history.

Most Romantic Places to Eat

The Bell (June '11) The Bell, Glangrwyney, Crickhowell, offers well thought out food, in nice setting with a pleasant atmosphere.

The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin

Felin Fach Griffin Inn has decided to put on a collaboration of a traditional Burns Night with a definite Welsh twist of St Dwynwen’s Day.  It will certainly be a cultured and romantic evening for two.  Enjoy some of the best food in the Brecon Beacons from restaurant.

Gurka Corner, Brecon is a restaurant we’d recommend a visit to, if you’re looking for some quality food from the orient, there’s some excellent authentic Nepalese food on the menu.
Go West to The Castle Hotel, Llandovery! It’s a great place that serves good food and fine dining.  Situated in the historic centre of Llandovery.  Enjoy a candle lit meal, in an intimate and cosy setting.

Romantic Activities

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHorse riding in the Brecon Beacons – We can think of few things more romantic than heading off together into the wilds of the Brecon Beacons to explore the countryside on horseback. Not only is it the quietest mode of transport, you’ll also be able to take the time to stop and admire the views whenever you like.

A day of fun learning – There aren’t many places like the Brecon Beacons when it comes to photography.  Spend the day with your partner soaking up the stunning scenery and learn how to snap away to get the best out of your camera.

Stargazing, 520 miles of rugged countryside, much of it beneath skies barely touched by light pollution, the Brecon Beacons is an ideal place to gaze up at the stars, and one another…

Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle

A Trip to Carreg Cennen Castle.  This is a great place to escape with your partner.  Visitors can enjoy one of the most impressive castle ruins in the Brecon Beacons and this your chance to treat your partner like a king or queen for the day!     

Most Romantic Places to stay

Gliffaes HotelGliffaes Hotel, having just been given a Gold Award by Visit Wales, you can pretty much guarantee a top-notch stay at Gliffaes Hotel. The unmatched seclusion of the hotel means every room offers stunning views, but at the same time you’re still only around three miles from Crickhowell. Active types will find many a walking route up around the nearby hillsides, or you could simply take a slow lunch in the conservatory and then curl up in front of the roaring fire.

Pips1098Pip’s Barn, is perfect for a ‘low key’ romantic holiday, this accommodation boasts rugged Welsh countryside in all directions, with a chic and stylish interior worthy of mention in interior design magazines. Expect lime-washed walls and exposed beams complimented by attractive artworks and textiles. There’s also a terrace that acts as the perfect vantage point from which to gaze out over the surrounding hills. This really is one for those people looking to truly get away from it all and spend their time walking hand-in-hand in the countryside.

Ty Croeso, translates from Welsh to English as “Welcome House” and you can certainly expect a warm welcome when you stay is this very comfortable and modernly restored B & B.  Set high on the hillside above the Monmouth and Brecon Canal just half-a-mile from the charming town of Crickhowell.

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