At our hotel in the Brecon Beacons, we are ideally positioned for a relaxing getaway that will allow you to revitalise the mind and connect back to nature. With the peaceful setting of our arboretum along with the calming sounds of the nearby River Usk, we are in the perfect location to reflect on the previous year. What goals or resolutions have you set for the forthcoming year? To embark on more adventures, to take advantage of the culture at our fingertips or just to simply relax more? Well, a trip to the Brecon Beacons in the new year can offer you all of these suggestions and so much more…
Now in its 10th year the Crickhowell Walking Festival goes from strength to strength, offering 95 guided walks over the nine days to suit walkers of all abilities. All the walks are led by locals so there is no need to concern yourself with navigation and it is a fantastic way to explore the Black Mountains and the surrounding country side getting to places you wouldn’t find without local knowledge. Gliffaes would make a very comfortable base for the festival with a hot bath, open fires and a great dinner awaiting your return from the hills. Take advantage of our early Spring Offer which includes a packed lunch to take to the hills and afternoon tea on your return. To see the range of walks on offer and to book places see the Festival website. I will be leading a walk from Gliffaes on Tuesday 27th February.
Take a day to explore the largest natural lake in all of Wales, Llangorse Lake. Just a twenty-minute drive from Gliffaes, the peaceful lake is positioned between the central Beacons and the Black Mountains. Visitors can either take their own light craft (with a permit secured beforehand) or rent a boat to go on a leisurely row around the lake. There is also a superb bird hide that can be accessed from a short walk from the lovely church at Llangasty.
For a traditional trip down memory lane, the Brecon Mountain Railway is sure to appeal to all looking for a taste of the simple life! Whilst you stay at Gliffaes, jump aboard a vintage steam train from the main station at Pant, which is just a thirty-minute drive from our hotel in the Brecon Beacons, and take the journey into the National Park, taking in the viewpoint others would have had centuries ago.
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal offer some of the finest and most idyllic vistas to take in on a perfect countryside walk that will get your head out of the stresses of modern life and feet firmly back on the floor. Being just a short journey away from our Brecon Beacons hotel, the Brecon Canal is the perfect location to mosey along either on foot or bike. Being surrounded by such an expanse of nature the 35 miles stretch of walkway is teeming with wildlife – a true birdwatchers paradise with many sightings of Red Kites, Buzzards and Herons. The stretch from Llangynidr (our closest village) to Talybont makes for a perfect walk or cycle and the village of Talybont has two good pubs for lunch. It is also possible to hire an electric boat from the canal basin in Brecon.
For the night owls amongst that are looking for a unique experience during a stay at our hotel in the Crickhowell, perhaps consider an evening of stargazing in the Brecon Beacons. The national park is widely regarded as one of the only eleven international Dark Sky Reserves in the World. Away from the lights and pollution of metropolis life, the Brecon Beacons offers some of the best stargazing opportunities in the country. On a clear night you can view the Milky Way, major constellations and meteor showers – be sure to brush up on your moon cycles so you can get the best opportunity before you book your tour. The National Park runs stargazing events through out the year to help demystify the awe inspiring view of the heavens spread out above you.
If this doesn’t get your feet itching for an adventure into the great outdoors then perhaps our ‘Luxury Spring Break’ offer at our hotel in Crickhowell will give you the incentive to kick-start the new year in the right way. Rates start from as little as £220 per night and includes breakfast, a three-course meal on both evenings, a sitting of one of our exceedingly popular Afternoon Tea and much more.