We have 3 mountain bike routes that practically pass our front door, known as ‘the Visitor Centre Route’ (8km), Mynydd Illtud (24km), Forest Fawr Mutant (53km), and ‘The Gap’ (38km). Maps are availabile from the visitor centre. See http://www.breconbeacons.org/mountain-biking-routes for more information.
There are so many great walks throughout and around the Brecon Beacons National Park. While we compile the details of walks nearby have a look at the following ‘walking’ web sites:
Canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, whitewater rafting, raft building, water-skiing(!)…
Please refer to http://www.breconbeacons.org/canoeing-kayaking-stand-up-paddleboarding-whitewater-rafting for some excellent information about local water activities.
Be sure to check out the Beacons Water Trail for a circular paddle from Brecon, up the canal and back own the river; a great day out. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Beacons Canal Food Trail for the best places to stop for food en route.
For more open water head for Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales. Boat hire prices and further information can be found at http://www.llangorselake.co.uk/the-lake/boat-hire-prices.html. And you can even water ski at Llangorse Lake …but you’ll need to bring your own boat!
There are various Wild Swimming opportunities through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Have a look at www.wildswimming.co.uk for some inspiration!
Museums and Art
Brecon has several art galleries around the town worth popping into for a look and a coffee, and you can also find the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery (currently being revamped; closed except for events), and The Royal Welsh (Brecon) Museum.
The Brecon Mountain Railway is a 20 minute drive away, situated in one of my favorite spots in the Brecon Beacons (aside from Pentre Naboth that is!).
When It’s raining
Brecon is only 15 minutes away – with various markets on, lots of shops, a sports centre with bowling alley and a lovely old fashioned cinema which still brings you ice creams into the auditorium.
Hay-on-Wye is a little further with its world renouned literary festival http://www.hayfestival.com/portal/index.aspx?skinid=1&localesetting=en-GB, plus extras throughout the year. There are a bounty of second hand book shops and many independent shops such as The Great English Outdoors www.greatenglish.co.uk which has beautiful old Welsh blankets, leather goods, clothing .and much more.
Penderyn Distillery http://www.welsh-whisky.co.uk/ is nearby and has a visitor centre which runs tours for £6 including a couple of tastings. They produce just one cask per day of the finest malted barley spirit, which, when matured, is recognised worldwide as one of the finest malt whiskies. If whiskey is not to your taste they make other spirits including Five Vodka and Brecon Gin.
Brecon Jazz Festival
http://www.breconjazz.org/ The Brecon Jazz Festival is a music festival held anually in August. It plays host to a range of world wide Jazz musicians and to many visiting tourists who are attracted by the music, the social scene and the Brecon Beacons. Why not stay in Wanderoo and soak up some Jazz.
Check out http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/gardens-by-county/visit-powys-gardens.aspx for inspirational gardens that may be open during your visit. Or why not head to the National Botanical Garden of Wales http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk/ set within 568 acres of beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside.
A Good Day Out
Our friend Julia runs http://www.gooddayout.co.uk/ holding local day experiences such as sheep walking, rural skills, looking after hedgehogs or outdoor adventures to name but a few. Not only will you have a fabulous time but part of the proceeds go towards a good cause.
Pentre Naboth uses no chemicals or fertilisers. We have a wealth of wildlife on our doorstep. From woodcock and snipe to curlews and red kites, use Wanderoo’s binoculars for some twitching! There are two types of orchid within our 17 acres to spot The Early Purple Orchid and the Broad leaved Helleborine.. Wanderoo is placed in our organic hay meadow featuring a wealth of wild flowers in the summer, including the famous yellow rattle, which grows naturally.