From bushcraft, rock climbing, watersports and caving, here’s how to spend an action-packed summer in the Brecon Beacons.
With summer upon us, we’re sure you’re already thinking about holidays and hotels. The Brecon Beacons offers a plethora of activities – read on for our suggestions on how to have an action-packed holiday this year!
The incredible landscapes of the Brecon Beacons are perfect for trying your hand at survival or bushcraft activities. Not only will you find yourself closer to nature, but you might also learn valuable skills that you can make use of in the future. There are many local businesses available to help facilitate your woodland adventures, like Brecon Beacons Foraging, Mountain and River Activities Ltd and Adventure Britain. They can bring all the skills and excitement to life thanks to their teams of experts, whether you long to imitate Ray Mears or Bear Grylls.
Brecon Beacons National Park is a popular destination for climbers and abseilers. Not only can you witness stunning vistas first-hand (which are perfect for photographs at sunrise and sunset), the sheltered crags, rocky escarpments and old quarries pose a healthy challenge to both beginners and experts alike. Whatever the weather, the landscape offers plenty of options for exploration. Should you not have a head for outdoor heights, you can try out local indoor facilities or simply cheer on your friends and family from the ground. If you’re interested in finding out more click here.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is the only destination in Wales that boasts the tranquillity of canals and reservoirs for families and couples, alongside the extreme whirlwind nature of kayaking and waterfalls, making it a great destination for watersports lovers. There are many instructors who are more than familiar with the waves, as well as the shallower pools, that can offer expert advice for guests brave enough to partake in this thrilling activity. Gliffaes itself is located right on the River Usk, should you wish to get closer to nature without the peril. For those of you who are keen to access either the Usk or Wye, there is a dedicated foundation that offers webcams and other river stats and information. It’s a great source of information should you need to know water levels or other details, so we highly recommend being prepared for venturing onto the water in any capacity.
If claustrophobia has never been in your vocabulary, then the Brecon Beacons boasts three different caves that you can explore. Once you have donned your gear and had an expert run-through, Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave are all waiting to be explored. From beautifully decorated passageways to spaces that have survived for millions of years, you can conclude your adventure by walking behind 40-foot waterfalls. There’s no experience quite like it.
Our South Wales hotel is perfectly situated so that you can get better acquainted with the great outdoors. Don’t fancy taking on some of the aforementioned challenges? You can always opt for a scenic walk or a spot of fishing instead.
Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities here, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, or somewhere comfortable to stay the night, our friendly country house hotel is the perfect base for your Brecon Beacons break.Book now
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.