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Brecon Beacons

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Wild walking, waterfalls and a welcoming group in the Brecon Beacons

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

There are few better ways to explore the countryside than with a day in the Brecon Beacons followed by a day exploring the woods and waterfalls of the valleys with a group of new friends!

The hills of South Wales, with their heart in the Brecon Beacons National Park, are a range of rolling peaks, with steep grassy slopes, wild valleys, and streams that have cut dozens of waterfalls into the underlying limestone. The area is known as a Dark Sky Reserve, where you’ll have an exceptional chance to see thousands of stars once the sun has gone down.

We’ll be within a stone’s throw of Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain, with views that stretch from mid-Wales all the way south past Cardiff and the Severn Estuary to Exmoor, in England.

Guided Walking Weekend Exploring the Brecon Beacons from Pen-y-fan to the famous waterfall walk

We’ll be staying at a bunkhouse that sits alongside a working farm, deep within the National Park. As usual, there will be two days of exquisite walks, with a choice on Saturday for a shorter or longer day out. Whatever walk you choose, you’ll get a great introduction to this hillwalking gem of a landscape.

2018 Dates:

13-15th April, 6-8th July, 5-7th October.

In a nutshell:

  • Feel exhilarated after reaching the summit of the highest peak in South Wales, Pen Y Fan, with an experienced Mountain Leader.
  • Be amazed at the beauty of the Brecon Beacon waterfalls, and try to avoid getting wet as you walk under them!
  • Notice a new spring in your step after a weekend of good companionship and camaraderie.
  • Sit back and relax we we provide advice on equipment, lots of freshly prepared food, and a special insight into the local area.

Brecon Beacons

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Itinerary

Friday

We’ll be staying at the 4 star Coed Owen bunkhouse nestled right next to the highest hills in the area, a fantastic place to stay for the weekend. You’re welcome to arrive any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to greet you and introduce you to your fellow walking companions.

The evening is then yours to relax, as we cook and serve dinner and give you an introduction to the adventures to come.

We usually find that many of the group gravitate towards the kitchen, which ends up with a lot of banter before we sit down to devour the famous Large Outdoors cheese-board, and possibly a glass or two of wine!

Guided Walking Weekend Exploring the Brecon Beacons from Pen-y-fan to the famous waterfall walk

Saturday

After a hearty breakfast, we set out to tackle South Wales’ highest peak, Pen-y-fan, which translates as ‘summit of the beacons’.

Depending on the size of the group, for this walk we’re offering two guided routes – a more strenuous, challenging option and a more straightforward leisurely route.

  • The challenging option - Pen y Fan from Coed-Owen
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    This fantastic walk from the south of Pen y Fan takes in three of the central Beacons. We begin from our accommodation and head up the forested Nant Ddu valley before gaining the ridge of Graig Fan Ddu and heading north over a wide easy ascent to reach the top of Corn Du. From here it’s a quick journey along the summit ridge to reach Pen y Fan (886m) and then a longer ‘down and up’ to reach our final peak of Cribyn. After Cribyn we drop down to the Neuadd Reservoirs along an easy track before a final steep ascent and descent to return to the bunkhouse.

    For the whole traverse, the views both north and south are spectacular, down to the Welsh valleys and the Severn Estuary and north to the rolling lowlands of mid-Wales. Although there are one or two steep sections, none of the walking is technical or exposed.

  • The gentler option – Pen y Fan from The Storey Arms
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    This shorter and less strenuous walk also involves the ascent of Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn, so you’re not missing out on the famous peaks. We drive a short distance north to near the Storey Arms, walking straight up to Corn Du via a well-used upland path before completing ascents of the other peaks. After Cribyn, instead of dropping down to the valley, we return via a path that traverses beneath the peaks, keeping us high until the descent back to the road.

    We’ll have great views and the same summits as the longer hike, with more time to stop and appreciate the scenery!

 

Sunday

Today we’re going to prove why people don’t have to travel right across the World to see beautiful waterfalls, as today will have an abundance of them!

After our final breakfast we’ll pack up and leave the hostel. This morning’s more gentle walk will aim to take 3-4 hours and get to the pub for lunch and a relaxing afternoon – or a drive home if you have a long way to go.

A guided walking weekend staying in the Brecon Beacons

The waterfalls

This morning we’ll pass by some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Britain, and certainly the most beautiful, situated in natural broadleaved woodland, with a feeling of being far away from the trials of the working week.

There are a few route options, and our leaders will decide what to do depending on the group and the weather. We could head down the Afon Mellte, visiting three waterfalls before the grand finale of the Sgwd yr Eira on the Afon Hepste, the waterfall you can walk behind. From here it’s another hour or so on scenic upland paths to Pontneddfechan and the pub.

Or, a longer route will complete the whole waterfalls circuit, starting and finishing in Pontneddfechan. We’ll visit 6 or more waterfalls, and include a walk along the Nedd Fechan, as well as the other two rivers visited by the shorter route.

Whichever walk we go on it’ll be a day to remember, and as you head home later in the day we’re pretty sure you’ll have a whole new appreciation of the beauty of South Wales.

Guided Walking Weekend Exploring the Brecon Beacons from Pen-y-fan to the famous waterfall walk

Our Base:

Venue Address:

Coed Owen Farm
Cwmtaff
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 2HY

  • Good to know:

    Good to know:

    • This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
    • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
    • If your arriving by train – Merthyr Tydfil is the nearest station and a taxi from here to the hosel will be around £10.
    • I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
    • Please note there is no mobile phone signal or wifi at this venue.
    • This trip is open to anyone over 18 years of age and there is no upper age limit.

    Arrivals:

    You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    How many walk options are offered?

    On each of our weekends we aim to offer two or more walk options each day, so you have a choice of a harder or easier day out. However, this is not always possible. On weekends where there is a small group, instead of cancelling the weekend, we will all head out on the same walk. This walk will be planned so that everyone can have a good day out, with the aim being a social group exploration of the local countryside.

    Transport during the weekend:

    As often as possible, we aim to walk straight from the door of the accommodation. However, sometimes the best walks are a little further away and we need to drive. For these occasions, we encourage our guests to car-share to get to and from the walk location, so that we fit into as few vehicles as possible. If you are a driver, if would be very helpful if you would consider volunteering for this if required!

    Please also remember to bring some loose change for car park charges, which are sometimes unavoidable.

    Foods and Drinks:

    For this weekend we provide the following meals:

    • Evening meals on both Friday and Saturday.
    • Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.
    • Packed Lunch for Saturday – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.
    • Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.

    As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

    We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own

    Vegetarian or Vegan:

    We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions then please contact the office.

    If you have further questions please view our FAQ’s page or email the main Large Outdoors office.

  • Ticket / room types and deposits:

    Shared Room

    This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms

    Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Deposits:

    You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is then due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within 12 weeks then you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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Coed Owen Farm
Cwmtaff
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 2HY
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