Travelling around the area, there are many different attractions for you to enjoy. Here are some of our favourites…..
Tretower Castle and Court, a ruined Welsh keep and restored mediaeval manor house with 900 years of history is less than a 20 minute drive away.
Continuing eastwards is the picturesque small town of Crickhowell, recently voted UK High Street of the Year, with its fine selection of independent shops. https://www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk/
Crickhowell is also home of the famous Bear Hotel, an old coaching inn on the road between London and Carmarthen. A family-run freehouse with a superb reputation, it is the destination of choice for discerning diners.
The National Coal Mining Museum is situated in Blaenavon south of Abergavenny, whilst to the north of the town in the heart of the Black Mountains is the remote, secluded Llanthony Priory. Abergavenny itself is the “Gateway to Wales” and has a bustling market popular with independent food retailers.
Heading west is the former County Town of Brecon, with the South Wales Borderers Museum commemorating many aspects of the regiment, including the Zulu Wars, and where you can see the flag which was at Rorke’s Drift. In the town centre is the Brecknock Museum, soon to re-open in late 2019 after a multi-million pound refurbishment and expansion.
Northwards is Talgarth, once at the centre of the ancient Kingdom of Brycheiniog, and now home to Talgarth Mill, an award-winning restored water mill where flour is ground in the traditional way and the resultant products sampled in the adjoining cafe. Continuing onwards brings you to Hay-on-Wye at the northern edge of the National Park. Internationally renowned as the “Town of Books” and once declared an independent country by the “King of Hay”, the town comes alive in June during the week-long Hay Literary Festival.
Dominating the landscape to the south are the distinctive peaks of the Brecon Beacons themselves. The highest, Pen-y-fan, rises to 802m above sea level, and during national celebrations , such as the Jubilee, fire beacons have been lit on the summit. The Beacons are most easily accessed from the car parks at the Storey Arms on the main road towards Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff. It can get very busy in the summer and on bank holidays, but the National Nature Reserve of Craig Cerrig Gleisiad just down the road towards Brecon provides quieter opportunities to explore the Beacons.
In the south of the Park, is “Waterfall Country”, a great place for the adventurous to try gorge walking, or if you prefer to explore the woods and rivers dominated by a succession of waterfalls, why not visit a one of the falls which you can actually walk behind!
Further south is the Brecon Mountain Railway. From its terminus at Pant just north of Merthyr Tydfil, the narrow gauge steam trains chuff into the heart of the National Park with views across reservoirs and towards the mountains, climbing to the site of one of the highest stations in Britain.
Snaking up the Usk Valley is the Monmouthshire and Brecknock Canal. This 200 year old waterway offers the opportunities for boat rides from the canal basin in Brecon adjacent to the Theatr Brycheiniog – or if you prefer, you can rent your own boat for the day from a number of locations and chug sedately along, but be prepared to have to work the occasional lock.
If you are with us in summer, look out for the many local shows. Starting with the Royal Welsh Show in the third week of July, there are numerous opportunities to watch or get involved with the fun.
For somewhere special to eat out, why not try the Felin Fach Griffin or the Kestrel, between Bwlch and Crickhowell, both being only 15 minutes drive from your huts. The Kestrel offers a superb home-cooked menu and a fine selection of exquisite wines. The Griffin, with its homely open fire, selection of real ales and outstanding menu, is somewhere special to conclude your stay in our huts. Booking in advance is recommended.
In the last week of May every year is the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts. Devised in 1988, the festival is now a major “must see” event in Mid Wales and attracts speakers and audiences from around the world. The festival has expanded over the years to include musical performances and film previews. A children’s festival, “Hay Fever”, runs alongside the main festival.
There are many other attractions for you to enjoy and experience, we just cannot list them all here!