The main local activities have to be the surrounding hills and mountains be it on foot, bike, canoe, horse, or stargazing the choices are endless. There is a very useful digital guide by Brecon Beacons Tourism if you like to find things on the go.
A calendar of events in and around Brecon can be found on the Visit Brecon website. This is our local tourist office which is located in Lion Yard between Morrisons and the Co Op
One of the best guides to walking, wild swimming and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons is by Chris Knight. He also has a you tube channel where you can see him in action guiding you to some of the less well known parts of the park.
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 the Brecon Beacons activities is the Brecon Beacons site.
You will find an up to date selection of brochures in the Coach House.
A selection of activities
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.
Golf: These golf clubs all take visitors and are within a reasonable distance of the Coach House: Cradoc Golf Club wirth the most amazing views (see picture below) and receive a discount on their green fees when staying with us, and Brecon Golf Club
Motor Bike Rides: How about taking a trike tour over the mountains with Brecon Trike Tours.
Sheep Dog Experience: Try your hand at working sheep and lots of other unusual activities with A Good Day Out
Sheep Trekking: Walking with Jacob sheep, working with a sheepdog and lots more at Jacob Sheep Trekking.
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. Alternatively just sit in our swing seat and look up!
Walking: Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre and Brecon Beacons Park Society give guided walks throughout the summer season. Some areas of the park can get very busy at certain times. This particularly applies to Waterfall Country.
Wet Weather Options: Brecknock Museum contains an interesting selection of artifacts and the old Court Room. The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum includes memorabilia from the Anglo-Zulu war. Brecon Cathedral or Penderyn Distillery whisky tour.
Wild Swimming: Swim Wild Wye. Also read the blog by Cat Smith and Joe Bird. A couple from the UK now living in Australia. The pictures and details of the various trails and swimming holes is excellent. Walk my world
A selection of local restaurants
There are many places to eat and drink in the area not all of which we have tried but the following are just a few to consider. Currently opening times and days can vary so I always recommend you check and in many cases booking is required.
Brecon Tandoori 01874 938165. Newly opened and a great selection https://brecontandooriindianrestaurant.com/
Ghurkha Corner 01874 610871. Traditional Nepalese run by a retired Ghurkha, booking advised.
La Bella Pizza 01874 625685 Best take away pizza in town so they say. www.labellapizza.co.uk
Chang Thai & Chinese 01874 622330 good selection https://www.changthaicuisine.co.uk/
Hop In 01874 622092 Craft Beer & Gin Tapas style food https://www.hopinbeerandgin.co.uk/
The Brecon Tap 01874 620800 offers local beer and a pint www.breconinns.co.uk
The Felin Fach Griffin 01874 620111 www.felinfachgriffin.co.uk . Awarding winning Gastro Pub. Booking recommended.
Peterstone Court Brecon Rd Llanhamlach 01874 665387 www.peterstone-court.com . Evening a la carte menu up-market and fairly expensive but a more reasonably priced lunch menu.
Hills Brecon probably serves the best burgers ever! Situated at the front of Bishops Meadow caravan park. Please do not be put off as inside is bright and cheerful https://www.hillsbrecon.co.uk/
Three Horseshoes Groesffordd 01874 665672 www.threehorseshoesgroesford.co.uk . Traditional pub. Great food with daily special offers. Booking recommended
The Old Black Lion Hay on Wye 01497 82084. Glorious food in a traditional pub. https://www.oldblacklion.co.uk/en
The Old Ford Inn Llanhamlach 01874 665391. Roadside inn offering home cooked food. https://theoldfordinn.webs.com/
The Bear Crickhowell 01873 810408 www.bearhotel.co.uk . Historic atmospheric coaching inn with a great menu and no need to book tables.
Calendar of local events
- Glanusk Estate Fayre & NGS Open Day 12 May 2024
- Royal Welsh Spring Festival 18-19 May 2024
- Hay Festival 23 May–2 June 2024
- Royal Welsh Show 22-25 July 2024
- Brecon County Show 3 August 2024
- Brecon Jazz Weekend 9-11 August 2024
- Green Man Festival 15-18 August 2024
- Abergavenny Food Festival 14-15 September 2024
- Llandovery Sheep Festival 14-15 September 2024
- Hay Winter Festival 20-24 November 2024
- Royal Welsh Winter Fair 25-26 November 2024
For more detailed information on the places that I have visted in the Brecon Beacons take a look at my Guide.