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Things to do in the Brecon Beacons & the Black Mountains

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Things to do in the Brecon Beacons & the Black Mountains

There’s no shortage of things to do in the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, with the national park accommodating almost every outdoor land and water-based activity there is.

The Wye and Usk rivers and many well-stocked lakes and reservoirs make fishing a popular activity in the Beacons. Whether you enjoy coarse or game fishing, for trout, grayling or salmon, you won’t be short of spots to choose from. Perched on the Usk bank, our country house hotel offers an array of fishing getaways to suit beginners and seasoned anglers.

The area’s abundance of rivers, lakes, canals and reservoirs make the Beacons a haven for watersports lovers. From kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, rafting, sailing, windsurfing and wild swimming, there’s a fun water experience to suit everyone.

For those that prefer to keep dry, there are countless land-based activities to get stuck into. Over 600 miles of tracks and bridle paths and many riding and trekking centres make the Beacons a popular destination for horse riding. The national park’s roads, towpaths, lanes and hillside tracks also offer a huge range of two-wheeled adventures. From gentle off-road trails to challenging descents, you’ll find a route to suit.

With a great variety of caves and potholes, the Beacons is one of the most exciting places for an underground adventure. Above ground, the national park’s array of rocky crags, quarries and slopes offer plenty of natural challenges for climbers and abseilers.

As one of only five International Dark Sky Reserves in the world, the area is also the perfect destination for stargazers. On a clear night, it’s possible to spot the Milky Way, beautiful constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers!

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Enjoy an hour or two of clay pigeon shooting at Woodland Park Shooting Ground.

Top Three Cycle Routes Near Crickhowell

Explore our top 3 cycle routes near Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons.

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A Welsh Road Trip

A brilliant, detailed itinerary for a 7-10 day holiday in the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire national parks.

The Two Rivers Bike Ride

A 90 km (56-mile) bike ride taking in some of the best scenery of the Wye and Usk Valleys

An Action-Packed Summer in the Brecon Beacons

From bushcraft, rock climbing, watersports and caving, here's how to spend an action-packed summer in the Brecon Beacons.

Perfect Picnic Spots in the Brecon Beacons

Enjoy a delicious picnic at one or all of our top three favourite scenic spots!

Canoeing on the Wye

Enjoy a lovely day out paddling the River Wye with Wye Valley Canoes.

Picking Wimberries

Explore the beauty of the Brecon Beacons whilst foraging for delicious wimberries.

A Dose of Winter Sunshine

A 22-mile cycle route taking in Llangorse Lake, the village of Talgarth and Pengenford and the pass through the Black Mountains.

Book your Brecon Beacons escape

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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