Exploring the gentler side of the Brecon Beacons...
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Scrub those thoughts of walking weekends being about tough hiking, being too breathless to chat and too tired to lift a glass in the evening.
This weekend is all about exploring the gentler side of the Brecon Beacons National Park – perfect for newbies to Large Outdoors and those looking for no-effort walking in beautiful countryside where there’s plenty of time to chill out.
Staying in the oh-so-lovely Coed Owen Bunkhouse in the heart of the National Park we spend the days walking along lowland trails through woods, valleys and past reservoirs and waterfalls with the mountains as a backdrop.
Depending on the time of year we might also hop on the Brecon Mountain Railway and let the train take the strain up to Torpantau before we walk back down to the station.
Brecon Beacons Gentle Walking Dates
- Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020
- Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th October 2020
In a nutshell:
- Succumb to the charms of Coed Owen, a stylish bunkhouse on a working farm.
- Soak up the loveliness of the Brecon Beacons’ less-wild side.
- Simply relax and let us do the guiding while you do the mingling.
Bunkhouse it might be but Coed Owen has pulled out all the stops to provide comfortable living – from the squishy sofas, open plan living, artwork you could live with at home, and fantastic surroundings.
This makes it all the easier to settle in especially with a cup of tea in-hand as the rest of the group make their introductions.
After a bit of graft our host will have produced the evening’s meal (homemade with plentiful portions) finishing with a flourish – yes, the Large Outdoors’ legendary cheeseboard.
During the meal we set out plans for the weekend ahead.
Where you have mountains, you have valleys right? So while we’re amid some fairly hefty peaks, there’s also a bountiful selection of routes that weave their way along valley floors, over green fields and through woodlands.
Once we’ve had breakfast and packed up lunch we head out and explore the delights that come with taking a gentler route.
We’re aiming to cover 6-8 miles. However believe us when we say that the combination of varied scenery (think woodland, sparkly reservoirs and valley floors where you can admire the higher peaks) and the chatter of the group, will make those miles slip by without you even thinking twice about it.
Depending on the time of year we might even go high by hopping on the Brecon Mountain Railway for a spectacular trip up to Torpantau before alighting and strolling back down to the station.
Late afternoon will see us back at Coed Owen leaving enough time to chill out in fab surroundings before we settle down for the evening meal, no doubt accompanied by a glass or two of alcohol (bring your own please!).
Up. Breakfast. Packed kit. Out the door – by now you know the drill.
Today though we’re heading for waterfall-central, a slice of the National Park where you get to stroll along woodland paths following streams that have carved out great hunks of limestone to create magical cascades of water.
Along today’s route we pass a trio of waterfalls ending with the grand finale, 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 dive into a pub for a final lunch before heading home.
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
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
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