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Mountains and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales) WEEKEND

  • Jul 4, 2014 · 9:00 PM
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One of three trips we organise to very different areas of this fabulous mountain range, this one to the central Brecons provides both the best hiking and takes in what are probably the two most popular and truly spectacular walks in this National Park.

Our trip leader Graham knows his area very well having spent 4 years living close by and this will be the 19th time he's done the main hike on this trip!

We’ll spend a day walking over the mountains that surround the Neuadd reservoir and then on Sunday we’ll take in a less tough waterfall walk

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Photos- please note: With the exception of the hostel photo, all photos were taken by the hike leader from previous trips, so are of the views that you'll see on the actual hikes that we will be doing

Reviews of our past trips plus photos:



Weekend Description

The Horseshoe walk is the most popular in the Brecon Beacons and it's easy to see why with staggering views as it takes in 3 mountain peaks. Having hiked the entire National Park extensively it's my personal favourite. It's fairly tough, but offers breath taking views over the flat land to the North and back into the Brecon Beacons mountain range and on a clear day you can even see the sea and Gower Peninsula.

The waterfalls walk is a less tough walk for Sunday and passes 4 substantial waterfalls, one of which we can actually walk behind. With a huge torrent of water rushing past and the noise and spray it's a pretty exhilarating experience in itself. There is some gorgeous scenery and superb photo opportunities as we follow the winding trail of the river and we'll also visit the largest cave opening in South Wales where we can  walk inside.

We'll stay in a very rural hostel nestling between the mountains well away from civilisation. It's been converted from a farmhouse dating back to the 1800s and is set in the depths of the Brecon Beacons National Park within 15 acres of ancient woodlands overlooking a river. To fully enjoy our rural mountainous setting and so that everyone can get to know each other, we will be providing a barbecue on the Saturday night.



Friday 4th July

Head over to our exclusively booked farmhouse hostel in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Saturday 5th July

Saturday's hike: The Brecon Horseshoe

Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Rating: Tough, one steep climb at the start, a good level of fitness required (we are taking in 3 mountain peaks in about 5 to 6 hours of walking).
Ascent: Approx 600m

The walk takes in the highest mountain in South Wales Pen Y Fan (886m) as well as the mountain peaks of Corn Du and Cribyn. It’s a dramatic, raw and rugged landscape dotted with occasional reservoirs and set above valleys and rivers, made even more exhilarating by the ridge top walks and far stretching views.



Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):

Sunday 6th July

Sunday's hike: The waterfalls of the Afon Mellte river

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)
Rating: Medium/tough, rough stoney ground in places and sections are steep and can be slippery
Ascent: 270m

We’ll follow the Afon Mellte river through a deep and rich woodland valley passing four waterfalls on the way. The area has very lush vegetation and has been designated a site of special scientific interest. We'll get to actually walk behind a waterfall too as well as venture into the mouth of the largest cave opening in South Wales.

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):



All payments are non-refundable and non transferable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled.Once full payment has been received you may sell your space to a member of the same sex, however if you miss the final payment deadline or pull out of the trip before final payment is made your space will be lost and your deposit will not be refunded.

For details of how to make payment and the account details as well as details of how to pull out/buy a space, please see the link below:


You will need transport to, from and during the trip. We cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help you arrange this, we have set up the following lift share discussion. Please contact people via this forum and post here if you can offer or need a lift:
Public transport is not a viable option for this trip with the nearest station being about a half hour plus taxi ride away



Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. We will also be providing an "everyone helps out" barbecue dinner on Saturday night. You will need money for drinks.


The price includes:

• 2 nights in hostel accomodation (mainly 4 and 6 bed rooms with one 8 bed)

Healthy continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday

Barbecue dinner on Saturday night

• Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday

• Two main hikes by an experienced and trained guide (both Walk Group Leader(MTE) and Mountain Leader (MTE) who is also a qualified outdoor activity First Aider. Also additional hikes by an experienced hike leader who is a qualified outdoor activity First Aider

• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.

The price doesn’t include:

• Transport between London and the Brecon Beacons and during the trip

• Drinks and personal expenses



Your safety is very important to us and the main hikes are led by a very experienced and also trained hike guide - both Walk Group Leader(MTE), Mountain Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. We detail our hikes so you can see what you're signing up for, but in the rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury and you need to be aware of this risk and come equipped for the activity you've chosen to participate in.


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  • Vlad V.

    Good weekend.

    July 19, 2014

  • Sarah K.

    Great weekend full of scenic hikes and meeting lovely people. looking forward to my next trip to Snowdon :)

    July 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful weather and weekend. Great walks and lovely setting

    July 8, 2014

  • Danny

    Fantastic as usual.
    Thanks to Graham for the usual fab organisation.

    Thanks also to everyone who helped out with the BBQ!

    Looking forward to my next trip already!

    July 8, 2014

  • Olga

    Fantastic as usual. :)

    July 8, 2014

  • jane l.

    Fab weekend, sooo beautiful!
    And excellent food as usual!

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There was a big black cloud over Somerset when I got home- glad it wasn't over the Brecon Beacons on our hikes! Thanks Graham, Danny & Louise and everyone else who helped with the yummy BBQ and to make the w'end great.

    2 · July 7, 2014

  • Graham

    Very lucky weather and a great fun weekend - wish I was still there!
    Photos on Facebook for those who use it:

    If you enjoyed the trip and fancy seeing another wonderful part of the Brecon Beacons but staying in a boutique hotel then please join us in October:

    A very big thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful help this weekend!

    5 · July 7, 2014

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