The days are getting longer, Spring is coming. Daffodils are out and trees are starting to bud. It’s time you got out to after the darkness of the winter. Get the sun in your face and the wind in your hair. There is nothing like a day in the outdoors to get you feeling invigorated and at peace with yourself. Here is a short list of six things to get you off your sofa this Spring.
The opportunities for walking in the Brecon Beacons are almost endless. Mountains, moorland, ridges, valleys, canal banks, rivers and woodlands we have them all. The Brecon Beacons are the closest real mountains to you if you live anywhere south of Birmingham; we are just two and half hours from west London.
We can advise on routes, mark up your map and send you off with a packed lunch as well as drying your kit when you come back. You could even take part in the Crickhowell Walking Festival. (27th Feb – 6th March)
The eastern end of the Brecon Beacons is a bit of foodie destination. There is a coming together of passionate farmers, innovative producers and talented chefs. Cheese, smoked foods and fresh meat it’s all here. It won’t be long before new season Welsh lamb hits the plates.
After your bracing mountain walk (see above) and a hot bath a trip to great restaurant is a wonderful way to round off a lovely day. I can recommend the following; The Felin Fach Griffin, The Walnut Tree and The Bear Hotel as well as our own restaurant to of course (no driving!)
If you are a fly fisherman then you have been counting the days until the start of the fishing season. Here, on the Usk, it’s March 3rd and early season trout fishing can be tough, the water is cold and the trout somewhat sluggish. Early in the season the hatch of March Browns usually takes place in a short flurry around lunch time, be ready. You can read more about it here. Gliffaes has a three day early season fly fishing break running until the end of April.
On horseback or on a bike. Those keen to explore the Brecon Beacons on four legs, even as a novice, will find plenty of people keen to saddle you up and lead you on a wonderful ride over the hills. Get in touch with Fiona at Golden Castle or the folks at Cantref. No experience required.
Mountain biking or road biking the Brecon Beacons has it all with more routes than you can shake a pump at. Bring your own bike or we can arrange a hire bike to be ready at the hotel. Gliffaes has a tandem and two amazing electrically assisted bikes which make the hills around here so much easier. If you are a hard core cyclist you may be interested in the Spring guided road riding weekends at Gliffaes run by Bikecation.
If you have never been to Cardiff on match day and you are keen on rugby then a trip to the Principality Stadium (aka The Millennium Stadium) is a must. Passion runs deep but the atmosphere is very friendly. There are still tickets available for Wales v France on the 26th February and Wales v Italy on the 19th March. You can avoid the inflated hotel in Cardiff prices by staying at Gliffaes, we are only 50 minutes away from Cardiff.
At Tretower Court, just over a mile from Gliffaes, there is an exhibition running till the end of March that explores the photography of Aerofilms Ltd, the world’s first firm of commercial aerial photographers.Drawing on some of the most outstanding images from the collection, the exhibition will encourage audiences to explore the meaning and impact of change, place and memory. (Wednesday to Fridays 11am – 4pm until the end of March).
While we are talking about the sky, the cold clear spring nights are perfect for star gazing. The skies above the Brecon Beacons are not effected by as much light pollution as the rest of the British Iles making for clear skies full of stars, in fact, the Beacons is an official Dark Sky Reserve.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.