Wild walking, waterfalls and welcoming food...
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple walk options available See itinerary below
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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.
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 walks, with a choice of a ‘normal’ or ‘challenging’ walk on each day. Whatever walk you choose, you’ll get a great introduction to this hillwalking gem of a landscape.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who will be looking after you...
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.
For this weekend we provide the following meals: evening meals on both Friday and Saturday, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk. On the 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.
This is offered on a single sex shared room basis. The venue also has a limited number of twin / double rooms. All bedding is provided but you will need to bring your own towel.
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch or read our FAQ’s section.
Travelling to our Brecon Beacons Weekend:
Address: Coed Owen Farm, Cwmtaff, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2HY
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.
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What our members have to say...
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016