The Brecon Beacons – not cycling?….still a chance to discover the great outdoors or to have fun with the children….
In the Brecon Beacons you do not need to be an experienced canoeist or horse rider! You do not need to have caving experience or to have done a climbing course.
All these activities can be booked to try for the first time with a range of activity providers for a half day or whole day session. Many of the activities are also available for children and will give them the opportunity of discovering fun on the water, how far they can climb or new heights they can jump from.
Some activities can be booked on the day others need a bit more so make sure you have been in touch to book. Enquire at the local information centres for more details on activity providers.
The local Tourist Information Centres is: Crickhowell Information Centre 01873 811970
Or check out www.breconbeaconstourism.co.uk/activity_providers/index.html before you come.
Bicycles can be hired if you do fancy a quiet pedal and there was only room on the car for the keen bean cyclist – just ring Keith at Bikes and Hikes 01874 610071 or Anna and Luke at Drover holidays 01497 821134.
Brecon has two golf courses – Cradoc (www.cradoc.co.uk / 01874 623658) – a beautiful 18 hole course but where there is also a driving range where you can just turn up to with pound coins in your pocket for a whack of 40 balls to the furthermost flag on the field! The other course in Brecon is at Brecon Golf Club and is a shorter 9 hole course (www.brecongolfclub.co.uk / 01874 622004)
For those with preschool children Brynich (www.brynich.co.uk/playbarn) and Cantref Open Farm (http://www.cantref.com/adventure_farm) have indoor play barns. Cantref has a range of attractions on the farm to delight youngsters …and their parents! Brecon, Abergavenny & Llandovery all have indoor swimming pools with the Brecon Leisure Centre also offering ten pin bowling. Tennis courts can be booked at Brecon and Abergavenny.
For those with slightly older children to amuse (…adults too!)there is:
- The Big Pit Mining Museum www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit
- The Brecon Mountain Railway www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk
- The National Showcaves Centre www.showcaves.co.uk
- The glorious ruins of Carreg Cennen with it’s secret passageway in the side of the hill … www.castlewales.com/carreg.html
….and the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal is just above you – easy to access from Llangattock – a lovely walk along to the Coach and Horses at Llangynidr for lunch. At Brecon you can hire day boats from Beacons Park Day Boats (booking is advisable 01873 858277) or hitch a ride on one of the daily tours with Dragonfly Cruises (07831 658222).
If all you want is actually just a beautiful place and some peace and quiet then Tretower Court – less than a mile from the front entrance of the Glanusk estate has recently been renovated by Cadw and is well worth a visit.
Daily events can be looked up via www.breconbeaconstourism.co.uk/events/index.html where you can search by date or type of event.
For places to eat on the doorstep of Glanusk there is the Nantyffin Cider Mill (01873 810775) again almost opposite the entrance to the estate on the A40 side. Gliffaes Hotel (01874 730371) up on the hill overlooking the estate does the most fantastic teas (and lunches…and suppers..) and has glorious grounds for a gentle stroll! Crickhowell just down the road has a range of good places to eat – check out the café and brasserie at Number 18 (01873 810 337) and for a polar opposite experience steeped in tradition – The Bear Hotel (01874 810408)! For a wider choice see www.crickhowellinfo.org.uk/tourism/food-and-drink.
Thanks to Punch Maughan from the Brecon Beacons Tourism for putting this blog together.