Walks, waterfalls and wonderful accommodation in Wales
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If the Grand Designs TV series ever did a programme on bunkhouses, then the one we’re staying in would be right up there!
Coed Owen Bunkhouse has been converted from farm buildings in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park (and yet only a five-minute walk from a stop on a bus route from Cardiff).
Think squishy sofas adjacent to the open plan catering area, appealing artwork on the walls, tasteful styling and a warm welcome from the farm dog. All this, and we’re only a stone’s throw from Pen y Fan, a high peak that we have our sights set on tackling during the weekend.
After the wildness of Saturday’s walk, we focus on another of the National Park’s finest assets – the abundance of waterfalls – with a stunning life-affirming stroll on the Sunday.
In a nutshell:
- Wander in waterfall wonder during Sunday’s walk
- Wallow in the splendour of the views from Pen y Fan, knowing you’ve accomplished a fine ascent.
- Warm to the peaceful surroundings of Coed Owen as you mingle with a great bunch of people.
Brecon Beacons Dates
- Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th April 2020
- Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020
- Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2020
- Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th October 2020
Looking for a gentler walk or something more challenging then based from the same venue we also run the following trips:
Ok folks, so the area we’ll be exploring for this weekend is characterized by rolling peaks, steep grassy slopes, wild valleys, streams that have carved out dozens of waterfalls, and some of the darkest skies for stargazing in the country.
So bear that in mind as you roll up at the farm and prepare for the National Park’s finest sights.
Arrival can be any time after 5pm and a short while later you’ll no doubt either be chatting while sitting in one of the squishy sofas, helping our Large Outdoors host prepare dinner or stepping outside with a glass in-hand to do a bit of stargazing.
Once we’ve sat down for dinner, we’ll go through the plans for the rest of the weekend.
After breakfast it’s time to fuel up with a good packed lunch and then we’re out the door and into the National Park.
Weather permitting, our aim for the day is a 12-mile hike to the top of Pen y Fan, which translates as the ‘summit of the beacons’ – appropriately-enough given its height of 2,900 feet.
We’ll be walking as one group for this fantastic route from the south of Pen y Fan which takes in three of the central Beacons. We 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 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.
And that, my friends, still leaves plenty of time for chilling out and making the most of Coed Owen’s facilities before we sit down for the evening’s feast.
Please note today we are only offering the one walk and that is with the aim of summiting Pen-y-fan. If you would prefer gentler walking then please take a look at our Gentle Brecon Beacons Walking Weekend here…
Travel abroad for a beautiful waterfall? Pah, there’s no need as this little slice of the World has some of the loveliest waterfalls in abundance.
Post-breakfast and with all our kit packed up we leave the hostel for this morning’s gentler walk which will take 3-4 hours before we head to the pub for lunch.
And so to the walk itself – well, it will involve following woodland trails which only adds to the magical ‘Lord of the Rings’ type setting before we come across the first of a trio of waterfalls. The last one is Sgwd Clun-Gwyn or the ‘fall of the white meadow’ as it’s known.
Here we linger a while so you can just take in the beauty of the upper and lower falls around 100 metres apart with the picturesque cascade of water dropping into the gorge. There’s even the chance we can walk behind the waterfall so camera’s at the ready for those shots!
Walk over, we’ll have one final meal in a pub before sadly going our separate ways.
Good to Know:
Coed Owen Farm
Our venue for this weekend is a converted barn on a traditional Welsh hill farm.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- 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.
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Merthyr Tydfil
Taxi: A taxi from the station to the hostel is roughly £10.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: 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.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of twin, double, 6 & 8 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016