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Summary

Self guided walking in the splendid Brecon Beacons Wales National Park

Routes through the splendid mountains of the Brecon Beacons Wales can be adapted to suit your individual requirements with a choice of walks and hotels.

No of Nights: 2-5

Stay: Hotel / Inn

Grade: Moderate

 

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2-5 nights of superb walking in one of Britain's most beautiful National Parks. The routes through the stunning, remote mountains of the Brecon Beacons Wales can be adapted to suit your individual requirements with a choice of walks and accommodation.

Explore the best that this region has to offer with contrasting walks in both the eastern and western parts of the National Park. One day enjoy being 'on top of the world' with magnificent views on southern Britain's highest peaks. Then, another day, admire the best of the softly rounded Black Mountains in arguably the most beautiful valleys in the National Park.

Enjoy

  • varied walking in one of the UK's most beautiful National Park
  • spectacular views from the high points
  • mountain walking at its best, exhilarating but well within the capacity of normally fit walkers
  • beautiful remote valleys with crooked churches and ancient abbeys
  • peace of mind knowing that all routes have been thoroughly researched and tested by us, so you can relax in the knowledge that you will not get lost!
  • routes through tranquil and beautiful scenery, well away from the most popular crowded paths

 

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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 1 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Splendid Brecon Beacons Wales.

Guest reviews

  • Thank you so much for arranging such an enjoyable trip in the Brecon Beacons. I loved it all even though I slept for England when I got home! I hope to join you on another trip before long.
    - Gillian Stephenson, Somerset

Itinerary

Day One

Having settled into your accommodation, enjoy our short guided walk around Crickhowell.  Follow with dinner in the Bear Hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Decide on your first chosen walk from our selection.

Day Two

A short drive to the start of your first excursion into one of the remotest recesses of the Black Mountains. The outward leg involves a modest, fairly short ascent up a grassy slope to enjoy a panoramic ridge walk with superb views. At an isolated mountain pass at the head of the Grwyne Fechan valley, lunch at 2,000 ft, surrounded by lofty peaks and distant views over the Wye Valley. This is Black Mountains walking at its best.

After your picnic lunch, descend gently down the hillside on an easy path of springy turf, above  tumbling water, to the beautiful remote valley below. Finally cross the river at Tal-y-maes Bridge to The Hermitage and your awaiting transport.  (8.5 miles, 13.5 km, ‘Moderate’ grade)

Day Three

From the Mountain Centre cross a stretch of ancient heathland and beautiful valley dotted with small farms and woodlands which stretch like long green fingers into the heart of the mountains. A different aspect of the Beacons unfolds today as you ford shallow streams and cross gold and green meadows, the steep slopes of Fan Frynych rising above you. A scenic path on an easy gradient takes you to a picnic spot below high peaks. Here marvel at the scenic splendour, the beautiful remote valleys below while watching buzzard, sparrowhawk or kestrel providing an aerial display.

Wind down easily on a grassy path to the flat expanse of common below back to the Mountain Centre, a fitting finale to this wonderful walk. Here enjoy a cream tea in the award-winning tea gardens surrounded by superb mountain views. (8 miles, 12.8 km, ‘Moderate’ grade)

Day Four

Scenically ascend 1,300 feet in your car or taxi, the easy way to gain the tops, to arrive at the start of today’s walk. Following a steep but short climb, our superb route takes you to the highest peaks in southern Britain on one of the UK’s finest walks. Once up, the remaining gradients are fairly gentle. Cruise easily along the finest ridge walk imaginable, never dropping below 2000 feet, to broad summit plateaus and majestic peaks, with the option to bypass either or both peaks if you prefer. As you look down on lonely lakes and scooped-out valleys, you feel you’re on top of the world. Awesome views extend to the Malvern Hills, Bristol Channel and hills of Somerset and Devon.

Seeing buzzards, raven, or red kite circle overhead, you’ll feel the presence of nature in the raw. This is mountain walking at its best, physically exhilarating and spiritually uplifting. Finally descend grassy slopes to join an ancient Roman road back to your transport. (Picnic lunch) (8 miles, 12.8 km, ‘Moderate’ grade)

Day Five

Another scenic drive through beautiful Welsh countryside to Cwymyoy with its cluster of houses and crooked church. Following a visit to the church, you’ll climb gradually out of the valley up to reach Offa’s Dyke National Trail. Once up at 2,300 ft, you’ll enjoy fantastic views over the Herefordshire Plain as you swing along the ridge to Llanthony with its famous 12th century ruins. Following lunch in the old abbey, take time to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of this ancient spot before embarking on your afternoon’s valley walk.

The walking is relatively easy after lunch, in the Honddu Valley or Vale of Ewyas. It is the longest and arguably one of the most beautiful of the Black Mountains valleys.  George Bernard Shaw said of it, ‘The God who made this country was an artist . . . the fellow who turned out Dorking was a Bank Holiday Tradesman by comparison!’ (8.8 miles, 14 km, ‘Moderate’ grade)

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Hotels

Stay in the little town of Crickhowell at the wonderfully atmospheric Bear Hotel, an old coaching inn dating back to 1432. Its restaurant has won many awards including two prestigious AA rosettes. Superior and deluxe rooms are large, well-appointed and situated off a balcony overlooking the delightful courtyard and gardens.

Alternative excellent award-winning  B&B accommodation is also available at Glan y Dwr, a beautiful property with 17th Century origins. If you prefer a pub, we recommend the Dragon Inn, a popular choice with good reviews.

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Grade of the walks

Our routes are selected for their accessibility and suitability for anyone of average fitness, able to walk around 8 miles on hilly terrain for up to 4 hours with a break for lunch. Since you will be walking in hill country, ascents and descents are to be expected. Since this is a self-guided holiday, you can of course take as long as you like on the gradients!

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Tour price and costs

Price per person:

from £225 for 2 nights at the B&B. This price is based on two sharing a double or twin room and depends on the type of room and season. Prices for single occupancy, for 3, 4 or 5 nights or hotel accommodation on request.

Price includes:

Personalised itinerary
High-quality en-suite accommodation
Full English breakfasts
Recommendations for lunch and dinner
Detailed route notes
Marked-up Ordnance Survey map and map case
Commentary notes on features of interest along the way
Travel directions
Nature guide to identify common species

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Flights

Rail Travel
The nearest railway station is Abergavenny in Wales, with services from London Paddington taking approximately 2.5 hours.
Car Travel
Crickhowell is around 270 miles from central London, accessed via the M4 motorway with a journey time of approximately 3 hours.

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