Activities and Attractions in the Brecon Beacons
The main attraction has to be the surrounding hills and mountains be it on foot, bike, canoe, horse, or stargazing the choices are endless. A good place to start is Brecon Tourist Information Centre. If you want to visit you will find them at the Cattle Market Car Park next to Morrisons in Brecon. They can advise and provide information to make your trip into the national park a safe and enjoyable one.
Bicycle Hire: Try Bikes and Hikes for everything to do with mountain biking and cycling. They also have information on climbing, caving and other outdoor activities.
Boat Hire: Beacon Park Day Boats for canal boat & canoe hire based in Brecon.
Stargazing: The Brecon Beacons National Park is an international Dark-Sky reserve with the light pollution levels being continually reduced. On a clear evening you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebula and meteor showers all from your patio or the grounds surrounding the cottage. The Brecon Beacons Observatory at the visitor centre is just 3 miles from the cottage. Dark Sky Wales hold regular events there if you do not have your own telescope or just want to join in with others.
Swimming: Brecon Leisure Centre
There are numerous events throughout the park from agricultural shows to dark sky events, re-enactments and food festivals. A good place to find information on all these events on line is the Brecon Beacons site.
You will find an up to date selection of brochures in the Coach House.
Below is a map of my favourite places to visit in the Brecon Beacons.
Places to eat
Gurkha Corner traditional Nepalese run by a retired Gurkha, booking advised.
Pilgrims Brecon Cathedral locally sourced produce cooked fresh each day, day time only.
Brecon Tap a local brewery has opened a bar serving their beer with locally made pies in pleasant surroundings.
The Bank Bar offers good value meals in a bar atmosphere.
The Castle Hotel sits above Brecon offering a good Sunday lunch in pleasant surroundings.
The Hours Cafe is based in one of the oldest wonky buildings in Brecon. Great for lunches and a browse of the books on sale.
The Star Inn Talybont-on-Usk. Great pub for good food and ales by the canal.
The Travellers Restaurant Talybont-on-Usk. Small cosy restaurant, beautiful garden and views.
National Park Visitor Centre combine a walk in the park with a light lunch or snack.
The Old Ford Inn a traditional pub with a famous Sunday lunch.
Felin Fach Griffin Inn is an award winning gastro pub that serves beautiful food at a moderate price.
Peterstone Court Brecon Road, Llanhamlach. Evening a la carte menu, up-market and fairly expensive but a more reasonably priced lunch menu. Beautiful setting with a spa.
The Three Horseshoes Inn Groesffordd fantastic food and hospitality.
The Bear Crickhowell old coaching inn with good range of reasonably priced meals.