Long walks, lofty peaks and lovely company in the Brecon Beacons
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
3 - 4
Want two full days’ hiking in the wonderful Brecon Beacons in the company of a friendly bunch of people and a lovely pad to relax in? OK, read on…
This might sound a bit like one of the TV property programmes but location is everything as they say, and we certainly feel as though we’ve hit the jackpot with Coed Owen, a haven in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Bunkhouse it is, but with plenty of embellishments that have turned it into something special – from the open plan living area complete with plenty of comfy sofas, tempting artwork on the walls and stylish finishes. Oh, and it’s on a sheep farm in an idyllic setting.
A perfect place for our group to get geared up for a lengthy hike and come back afterwards for a quality bit of relaxation.
For our guided walks we’re targeting the highest peak Pen y Fan, which we can hike to from Coed Owen, on the first day and then a superb long yomp on the Sunday where waterfalls are one of the stand-out features.
Hiking the Brecon Beacons Dates
- Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th April 2020
- Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2020
In a nutshell:
- Stride out along some of the Brecon Beacons’ finest walking trails.
- Slip easily into relaxation mode in idyllic farmland surroundings
- Soak up wonderful waterfall views on a grand Sunday hike.
You’ll certainly feel as though you’ve escaped from everyday life when you arrive at Coed Owen, a white farmhouse surrounded by woodland clad hills and grass fields.
As soon as you step through the door a hot drink will be offered while guests settle in and the banter begins. We then settle down to an evening meal where we outline the coming weekend’s plans.
So today we need to get a wiggle on as we have a good hike ahead of us, walking from Coed Owen to tackle South Wales’s highest peak Pen-y-Fan.
After tucking into a hearty breakfast we pack up our lunch and head outside, relishing the pure upland air as we stride along into the beautiful Nant-ddu forest before climbing across open moorland to reach the Twyn Mwyalchod trig point at 642 metres.
From there we descend to the peaceful Neuadd valley and reservoir before picking up a trail that takes us upwards to our first peak of the day Fan Y Big (please don’t smirk).
Here you can really start to marvel at the sheer beauty of the surrounding scenery as we follow the ridge to Cribyn and then onto Pen y Fan at 886 metres in height.
Once that peak is conquered we turn our noses to home and start the long descent back.
Yes your legs might be a tad tired by the time we arrive back at Coed Owen but there’s plenty of time to luxuriate in the surroundings with a restful drink while reliving the day’s adventure with the others before we prepare the evening’s feast.
The Brecon Beacons is also known as waterfall country as there’s no shortage of dramatic spots where rivers and streams hurtle down gorges and gouged out rock faces.
So for today’s 10-mile circuit we’re going to walk to the best of them. After we’ve packed up and left the bunkhouse we’ll soon be striding out along forest tracks and stopping to admire waterfalls in all their guises – from the ‘gentle tumblers’ alongside idyllic fairy pools through to the ‘angry torrents’ that push their way through narrow rocky sides.
Definitely a day for the camera to be clicking!
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