Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

Did you know...The Beacons Way walk stretches for 101 miles?

The Brecon Beacons mountain range in South Wales forms one of the country’s three stunning national parks. Largely moorland, the mountains lend themselves to all kinds of outdoor activities and include some of the most breathtaking walks in the UK. The Beacons stand to the south of Brecon and many head to the park each year to view the area’s famous waterfalls and mysterious caves. Our Brecon Beacons holiday cottages are conveniently located for guests to enjoy the natural magnificence and range of pursuits that are part of any Brecon Beacons holiday.

  • Wild Welsh mountain ponies roam the park
  • Signal fires are still lit on the Beacons to celebrate national events
  • The national park is famous for its many waterfalls

Brecon Beacons Tourist Information

Designated a National Park of Wales in 1957, Brecon Beacons is an escape from it all in every sense of the phrase! Its temperamental climate and sprawling moorlands give Brecon Beacons holidays a dramatic tone, yet the many outdoor activities and walks available are perfect for relaxing in the great outdoors. On a historic note, the Beacons are home to many ancient sites and monuments – and there is barely a walk which doesn’t pass a site of interest or mystery.

The many things to do during holidays in Brecon Beacons include outdoor climbing, guided walks, caving and kayaking – all of which have specialised centres and instructors available to ensure your safety and enjoyment. The area’s many golf courses are also popular, and there are many special activities to entertain children. A range of events take place in the park throughout the year.

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Brecon Beacons Family Attractions

The dramatic setting of the Brecon Beacons means that there is no shortage of activities to try, or natural sights to marvel at during your stay in a Brecon Beacons holiday cottage. The Brecon Mountain Railway is one of Wales’ most popular railways, and its covered carriages take passengers on a beautiful journey of spectacular views. Why not hop off at Pontsticill for refreshment or to explore?

One of the park’s most enchanting sights is the historic Carreg Cennen castle. Perched on a limestone crag, these ruins make a foreboding sight and overlook Black Mountain and ancient woodlands guaranteed to ignite any imagination!

Dog Friendly Holidays in Brecon Beacons

Dog friendly holidays in Brecon Beacons are a perfect choice for those who wish to bring their pet along for a break. The numerous walks and trails and the large expanses of open land found on Brecon Beacons make the area a great place to explore with your dog, although owners should be aware of any wildlife or signs if they let their dog off the lead at any point. Dogs are welcome on many of the park’s guided walks and to many of the events held in the Beacons.

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Brecon Beacons Events


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Events in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons events scene includes some of the best-loves British festivals, and no matter which time of year you visit you’ll have your pick of activities and goings on within a short distance of your Brecon Beacons holiday cottage. The Hay on Wye Festival attracts some of the biggest names in the literary and entertainment worlds, but there are plenty of regular, smaller events too.

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Brecon Jazz Festival

Another of the great events in the Brecon Beacons, the Brecon Jazz Festival takes place each year in the shadow of the mountain Pen-y-Fan. Thousands head to the location just an hour from Cardiff to enjoy a programme of concerts and events.

This festival is an energetic celebration of jazz music in one of the world’s most inspiring settings.

Many compose whilst they’re there, and the Brecon Fringe Festival is packed with free events. The Fringe Festival takes place in the town of Brecon, and enables local artists to showcase their music, and visitors can expect a diverse mix.

Guided Walks

There are many guided walks organised and run by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, so why not choose one and enjoy a fun, outdoors Brecon Beacons event and the chance to see more of the national park? There are guided walks to suit any interests, from those which follow crash sites, to wildlife walks and historic walks.

The informed guides will ensure that you don’t miss a thing, and you can choose from walks that last most of the day, to those that just go on for two hours. There are some great beginners’ walks to teach visitors how to walk safely and navigate their way around the landscape.

Farmers Markets

With its rural location, it’s no surprise that the most regular Brecon Beacons events are its farmers markets! These are a great opportunity to sample the local produce and support the area’s farms during a holiday in the area, so look out for your nearest one.

Brecon Farmers Market takes place on the second Saturday of every month (except for August) from 9.30am in the Brecon Market Hall.

All produce has been grown, reared or sourced within 30 miles of the town, and the market is the perfect chance to enjoy seasonal food and handmade products from the area. Check for your nearest market.

Hay on Wye Literature Festival

The Hay on Wye Literature Festival is the biggest Brecon Beacons event and is held in the unassuming village Of Hay on Wye each year.. Set to take place from 31 May to the 10 June 2012, the festival invites popular writers and authors to speak each year. The festival attracts all kinds of people, and lovers of literature from every walk of life.

As there are children’s activities and events in the programme it’s great for families too, all you need is a passion for reading! 2011 guests of this exciting Brecon Beacons event included Bob Geldof, Professor Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes.

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The History of the Brecon Beacons

Although only officially declared a national park in 1957, the Brecon Beacons’ history extends for thousands of years before. Guests of our Brecon Beacons holiday cottages will find ancient, industrial and social history around every corner, and its displayed with pride for visitors to learn more.

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What's in a Name?

There aren’t many parts of the national park that don’t have a tale to tell, and there’s a story behind its name too. Because of its uninterrupted, open spaces and hilly landscape – the area was once used to display warning beacons of fire in times of threat or invasion.

A chain of flaming beacons would be formed on the highest points, which over time, led the mountainous area to become known as the Beacons. The national park became named after the mountain range and a piece of Brecon Beacons history was made official.

Gunpowder Works

Mining has long been an important part of the history of the Brecon Beacons, and many of the sites from this industry can still be seen today. Because of the mines in the area, and partly due to its isolation, it became the site of a Gunpowder Works for many years.

The gunpowder was made for use in mines and quarries, and is found in the Vle of Neath. The works closed in 1931 when black powder was banned as an explosive by the Home Office, but the ruins of the works can still be seen.

National Showcaves

As well as being a popular attraction, the National Showcaves of Wales have been crucial to the Brecon Beacons history books. The three caves include the Bone Cave, the Cathedral Cave and Dan-yr-Ogof cave.

Tens of thousands of fascinating archaeological discoveries have been made in the Bone Cave, including the remains of 42 humans. The oldest bones date back more than 7000 years, and the cave was inhabited by man since the Bronze Age. The Dome of St Pauls is the most famous area of the caves.

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

Blaenavon’s role of the history of the Brecon Beacons has earned it status as a World Heritage Site. The town was home to many migrants who arrived in it during the 18 and 19 centuries.

Their hard work and determination helped shape the Brecon Beacons’ history and the town of Blaenavon visitors explore today. The area soon became a vital producer of steel, iron and coal. The town’s industrial landscape can still be seen today, and it changed the history of industrial steel production.

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Walking the Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons holiday cottages are perfect for the walkers amongst you, as the varied landscape means hundreds of walks and landscapes to choose from. There are family-friendly Brecon Beacons walks, mountain hikes and many more. If you do venture into the mountains, take the recommended precautions and necessary equipment as the weather is unpredictable in the area.

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The Canal

The Monmouth and Brecon Canal runs for 33 miles, and it’s one of the most popular Brecon Beacons walks. Almost the whole of the canal route is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, and its beauty has made it a favourite with walkers long after the use of barges stopped. The tree-lined River Usk curves gracefully though the peaceful countryside and makes for an easy walk to follow and navigate.

Look out for stone bridges and lift bridges along the way and there are two little tunnels too. In some spots, walkers can still see where tramways bought coal, limestone and iron-ore to the canal wharves for loading.

Trails of the Riverbank

This is a great choice if you’re a family walking the Brecon Beacons. This level and easy route is four and a half miles long and should take around two and a half hours to complete. This pretty walk follows the River Usk and it starts at Pysgodlyn.

Finishing at Abergavenny, the walk passes green pastures, gentle hills and the historic Abergavenny Castle. The castle dates back to the 11 century and was demolited in 1645 as ordered by King Charles I.

The remains can still be seen, and the remaining buildings are home to a fascinating museum.

The Central Beacons

The Central Beacons trail is a mountainous and far more challenging choice of Brecon Beacons walk. This walk climbs the national park’s highest mountains and should take around six hours to complete.

This is a strenuous choice when walking the Brecon Beacons, so all the usual trekking and mountain walking guidelines apply. Also, please be aware that the weather can change without warning in the national park, so be prepared. This walk begins in Storey Arms and finishes at Llanfrynach. The X43 bus runs from Llanfrynach to Brecon throughout afternoons.

Along the Taff Trail from Pontsticill

This four mile Brecon Beacons walk is another one for all levels, as it mainly follows flat terrain. It starts at Cefn-coed-y-cymmer and should take around two and a half hours in total. Finishing in Pontsticill, this walk follows the lower areas of the Taf Fechan River, so expect stunning views.

There are great vantage points over a wooded valet, and this walk showcases the Brecon Beacons at their best. The walk is smoothly surfaced for much of the way, but it’s still best to wear sturdy shows. Keep your eyes peeled for the dam of the Pontsticill Reservoir, which is 110m high.

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Dog Friendly Holidays in the Brecon Beacons

What with our range of dog friendly Brecon Beacons holiday cottages, it’s easy to take your best friend along to this stunning landscape for some time out. As many of the best things to see and do involve sturdy walking boots and lots of fresh air, what better place to enjoy an active holiday with your pet than this varied national park?

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Dog Friendly Brecon Beacons Attractions

When the Brecon Mountain Railway says ‘all aboard!’ it means business, as this dog friendly Brecon Beacons holiday attraction welcomes pets on board too.

For just £2.50, dogs are welcome on any route of this fun, locomotive steam engine. This popular railway runs through some of the park’s most beautiful scenery, along the Taf Fechan Rervoir to Dol-y-Gaer. Passengers can hop off at Pontsticill and take a stroll around the reservoir whilst admiring the views. There’s a footpath close to the station at Pant, which leads to a picnic area with unbelievable views.

Dog Friendly Brecon Beacons Walks

There are dozens of walks to choose from during a dog friendly Brecon Beacons holiday, it’s really just a question of choosing the level for you and which areas you’re interested in seeing. We’d recommend avoiding the wildlife walks with your pet, but the Taff Trail starts in the town of Brecon and rolls of for 55 miles.

This way-marked route was specially designed for cyclists, walkers and horse riders, so it’s ideal for walking your dog. The route ends in Cardiff, but feel free to choose your favourite section if you don’t feel the need to complete the whole thing!

Dog Friendly Brecon Beacons Pubs & Restaurants

With the rural surroundings and easygoing locals, we hardly need to point out that there are plenty of dog friendly Brecon Beacons pubs and restaurants to be visited! The national park is peppered with traditional inns and quaint cafes, so it’s always worth popping in to check if they welcome pets as you’re passing. The Star Inn is second in the TripAdvisor reviews for eating out in the area, and it has a large beer garden, so it’s worth asking if you can pop your pooch in the garden if you pass it.

There are one or two points to remember during a dog friendly holiday in the Brecon Beacons, such as keeping your pet on a lead near livestock, practicing the country code and ensure that you carry some water for your dog during long walks.

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Family Attractions in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons National Park makes a perfect and dramatic backdrop to any family holiday, and this historic Welsh landscape is dotted with fascinating attractions and things to explore. Brecon Beacons holiday cottages are surrounded by human, natural and even industrial history – so its family days out are fantastic all year round.

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Brecon Mountain Railway

The Brecon Mountain Railway isn’t just a fun Brecon Beacons attraction for all ages, bt it’s also a lovely way to see more of the national park. Visitors can relax behind a vintage steam locomotive as it tugs them the length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer.

Chugging through some of the finest scenery in Wales, the railway stops at Pontsticill where visitors can alight and admire views across the lake and over to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons. There’s also a workshop at Pant station, where visitors can see how the engines are maintained.

 

Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle is a foreboding Brecon Beacons family attraction, and its crumbling grandeur fits perfectly amidst the rolling countryside of this national park. Found on a quiet road just to the north of Swansea, the castle perches on a steep hilltop, and dates all the way back to the 13 century.

If you have the energy to climb to the top of the hill you’ll be rewarded with priceless views, Black Mountain can be clearly seen in the folds of Welsh countryside. Despite its defiant exterior, much of the inside of the castle is in ruins, but visitors can still see plenty of its original features and layout.

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit National Coal Museum is not only a working coal mine but also one of the largest working coal museums in Britain.

The popular underground tour makes this one of the most exciting Brecon Bacons family attractions, as visitors are taken 300m beneath the ground for a feeling of what it was like for the thousands of miners who once worked there.

The mine stands on the windswept moors in Blaenafon, and is a great way to learn about the history of this industrial landscape in Wales.

National Showcaves of Wales

One of Britain’s most spectacular natural sites, the National Showcaves of Wales are a gripping Brecon Beacons attraction for all ages. The attraction includes three mind-boggling caves, an Iron Age farm, a dinosaur park, a shire centre and much more. The three caves are the Dan-yr-Ogof Showcave, the Cathedral Showcave and the Bone Cave.

This attraction in the Brecon Beacons is open between April and October, every day of the week. The caves are chilly, so remember to take a jumper with you! The natural caves are home to some intriguing finds and secrets, so come and along and discover the past!


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