The Brecon Beacons become a patchwork of colour during Spring, with Daffodils, lambs and lighter evenings making it a wonderful time of the year to visit! Here are some of our ideas on how to enjoy those first few days of spring…
1. Meet the Lambs!
Get up close and personal and feed fluffy little lambs at Cantref Adventure Farm! Bottle feeding the lambs is a hands on experience you will never forgot making magical memories from your family day out in the Brecon Beacons.
Between Easter and the end of July, you can bottle feed our cute fluffy baby lambs and from the beginning of the summer holidays until end of October half Term you can bottlefeed our cheeky kid goats. Details here.
2. Get hiking
Read some of our Walk Wednesday blogs for inspiration to dust off those walking boots and head for the hills!
More about walks here.
3. Surround yourself with the Butterflies at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales
Visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales and immerse yourself in the blooming beauties. Some plants have come as far as California, Austrailia and Chile! You’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, a new tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year. Find out what’s on at the Garden this spring here.
4. At last… picnic time!
5. Enjoy a drink and good food in the sun
There are so many lovely beer gardens around the Brecon Beacons but our favourites have to be The Star Inn, Talybont by the side of the canal, the Gliffaes Hotel for its stunning views from the terrace or The Bridge, Crickhowell overlooking the River Usk. For more information on pubs in the area click here.
6. Go Underground
If the Spring weather isn’t quite what’s expected (it is Wales!), why not escape the rain and head underground? There are beautiful natural playgrounds to be found in the Beacons, hidden from view…The caves and mines underneath the hills are waiting to be explored! Visit Dan Yr Ogof Caves, Dolaucothi Gold Mines or go caving with your friends with Hawk Adventures. If you’re looking for a free day out Big Pit is the place to go!
7. Visit our Towns and Village
The Brecon Beacons is ringed with characterful market towns while, further inside our Park, the River Usk, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the shores of Llangorse Lake are dotted with pleasant country villages and sleepy hamlets.
Together, our towns and villages reflect our history and heritage as a mining, quarrying and farming region and our role as custodians of a beautiful region of hills, valleys, lakes and waterways. Our towns and villages also offer great places to stay, eat, shop, fix up outdoor activities and chat about things to see and do. Find out more here
8. Be a King for a day at our many Castles
Wales is home to some of Europe’s finest surviving medieval castles. Here in the Brecon Beacons, we have our fair share. Perhaps the most dreamy and dramatic of all are the weathered remains of Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high up on a limestone crag.
Click the links below to find out about each castle;
- Abergavenny Castle and Muesum
- Blaen Llynfi Castle
- Brecon Castle
- Bronllys Castle
- Carreg Cennen Castle
- Crickhowell Castle
- Cyfartha Castle
- Dinas Castle
- Dinefwr Castle
- Hay Castle
- Llandovery Castle
- Tretower Court and Castle
9. Simply enjoy the Wildlife and Scenery!
Our National Park contains some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery and rarest wildlife. Go quietly and you may see our key species – otters, great crested newts, marsh fritillary butterflies, bats and reed warblers – along with a host of other mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and insects. More here.
Our National Park is a great place for a day out on two wheels, or even a cycle touring or mountain biking holiday. Cycling and mountain biking is a fabulous way to experience the Brecon Beacons glorious countryside. It gives you healthy exercise, relieves stress and allows you to spend time in the fresh air with family and friends. Cycle Across the Beacons, this route runs from Llandeilo in the West to Abergavenny in the East, following a Roman Road with panoramic views of the Central Beacons, winding along lovely country lanes before joining the pretty tow path by the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal!
We hope you have a wonderful time this Spring, find events here!
The Brecon Beacons offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all your requirements to make the most of your visit to the National Park! Whether you want to bring your dog along so need pet-friendly accommodation, are bring your family along or fancied coming with a group of friends there will be somewhere for you! Plan where you’ll stay here.