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Perfect Picnic Spots in the Brecon Beacons

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The Best Brecon Beacons Picnic Spots

With such wonderful weather blessing us in the Beacons lately, we’ve put together a list of our favourite picnic locations. They all sit within a reasonable distance of our country house hotel in the Brecons Beacons, so feel free to stay as close or venture as far as you wish. These are my own personal recommendations which make the most of my first-hand experience, so you can rest assured your day’s excursion will be worthwhile.

We are more than happy to make up a picnic, so all you have to think about is your choice of transport. Once you are at our hotel we will be able to mark a paper map for you and lend you a picnic blanket to take with you.

Read on for insider knowledge…

Llanfilo Common

(OS grid reference SO 115 323)

First on the list is the Common. Upon this high ridge, which is easily accessible by car or bike, you will see fantastic views of the Brecon Beacons, the hills surrounding Hay on Wye and the farmland around Breconshire.

This spot is very secluded, so chances are you won’t meet anyone else around – perfect for a relaxing lunch.

  • Bike – 1 hour
  • Car – 30 minutes

Llyn Cwm Llwch (the lake below the north face of Pen-y-Fan)

(OS grid reference SO 003 221)

Another one of our favourites – Llyn Cwm Llwch gets you down off of the main ridges and footpaths into unspoilt surroundings. Set up beside the lake and experience the tranquillity it has to offer – a perfect Sunday trip.

Sometimes putting in that extra effort can pay off with extra rewards and a visit to the lake will certainly prove that.

This spot is only accessible on foot and will take about an hour to reach from the nearest car park.

Tal-y-maes Bridge

(OS grid reference 223 263)

Last but not least, this one is an old favourite of ours. If you drive most of the way, it’s then an easy walk from the end of the lane and into the Black Mountains. Here you will find another unspoilt valley. The spot next to the old stone bridge and by the stream makes this a great place to stop and enjoy your lunch. This is part of Macnamara’s Road. Walk to the top of the ridge to see brilliant views of the surrounding mountain.

  • Bike – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Car – 30 minutes

This is a breakdown of our personal favourites and I hope that if you decide to take a trip out to any of these spots, they will soon be your favourites too.

– James.

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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.

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