Summer is finally here!

Record-breaking temperatures are predicted for the Brecon Beacons this summer and here we have our top picks of the best things to do and places to keep cool!

Llangorse Lake Brecon beaconsScenery
Llangorse Lake and Brecon Beacons scenery

Forget the sting of chlorine from crowded swimming pools and instead enjoy the fresh water of the River Usk and its amazing spots for wild swimming.

Grab some delicious ingredients to put together your perfect picnic and choose from one of our top spots, or head to one of our cool cafes for a bite to eat in the shade.

Cool off by heading down to Llangorse Lake, have a dip, try a pedalo or even just grab an ice-cream from one of our favourite ice-cream parlours and watch the ducks float by.

Making a splash at Talybont waterfalls is a summer must, or a relaxing cycle along the canal. End the evening at one of the great beer gardens for a refreshing pint while watching the sunset.

Crannog & Boardwalk (Llangorse)
Crannog & Boardwalk (Llangorse)

If you’re a keen camper, pitch up your tent and forget your worries at one of our top campsites, waking up to the sounds of birds singing and sheep bleating. Have your breakfast with the astounding mountains as your backdrop then spend the day fruit picking at Aberbran Fawr Farm campsite, a perfect activity to pass the hours in the sunshine and great for a mid-morning snack. Priory Mill Farm is another great choice for camping, actually set on the river so you can start the day with a morning swim in beautiful, unspoilt grounds.

At Penpont, wake up to the beautiful scent of the rose garden with the River Usk as your neighbour.

For the best accommodation, Filly Farmhouse has its very own lake just for you, or Corner House Cottage is only a few minutes walk down the lane to the River Wye.



Top spots for river swimming

Talybont Waterfalls

The Wye at Glasbury Bridge


Best places to pick up your picnic…

Black Mountain Smokery, Brecon

Venison Centre

Talgarth Mill

The best place for picnics……with the kids

Talybont Reservoir

Llangorse Lake

Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal

…for keen walkers

Table Top Mountain

Tor Y Foel

The Sugar Loaf

Llanfaes Dairy
Llanfaes Dairy

Perfect Ice-creams Parlours…

Llanfaes Dairy, Brecon

Shepherds Icecream, Hay-on-Wye

Cool Cafes…

The Hours, Brecon

The River Cafe, Glasbury

Myddfai Tea Room, Myddfai

Best Outdoor Pubs…

The Bridge End Inn, Crickhowell

The Star, Talybont

The Shoe Makers Arms, Pentre Felin

The top campsites…

Priory Mill Farm


Aberbran Fawr Farm 413406_10200113043644556_1800555756_o

The coolest cottages…

Ann’s bungalow, Brecon

Filly Farmhouse

Kingfisher Reach, Brecon

The most attentive hotels for your every need…

The Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Crickhowell

The Castle, Llandovery

The Angel, Abergavenny

…and your sunny day suggestions…

Llantony Priory, The Clarence in Brecon, The Coach and Horses in Llangynidr… Any more ideas? Please post in the comment section below, we’d love to hear them!

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