Adventures, Attractions & Activities:
The Brecon Beacons is the place for adventures; for instance we have plenty of water, valleys and waterfalls for gorge walking, (Sgwd yr Eira being the most popular waterfall), caving, wild swimming, canoeing, and general exploring. There are also lots of mountains to climb (Pen y Fan being the most popular and the highest), lakes to sail on, and caves to crawl into.
Here are some ideas of places to visit while you’re here:
If you bring your own bike, we will provide a secure lock up for you, and provide facilities for bike washing. You can cycle from our door to Garwnant Forest Centre (around 2 miles away) . Stop at the cafe for a snack and then follow the cycle trails around the forestry. The forest trails ‘Loops and Links’ link up with the Taff Trail, which is a cycle/ walking path from Cardiff to Brecon over some of the most amazing scenery.
From Beili Helyg there are miles of quiet lanes and bridle ways from Beili Helyg to Ystradfellte , Senny Bridge and Brecon and purpose built mountain bike trails in the forest along the Neath Valley, and along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal
Further south, there is a new purpose built mountain bike trail BIKEPARK WALES at Gethin Woods; a large range of single track and downhill trails, for all abilities, and with an optional uplift to transport you back up to the top of the park so you can do it all again. They also offer bike hire (for the site, the Taff Trail, or other trails) bike shop and Woodland Cafe. The website is at www.bikeparkwales.com/
We are 15 minutes from the Rheola forest where the Dragon Downhill Mountain Bike competition takes place ( and also the Welsh Rally championships in recent years).
The Dragon Ride starts annually from Margam Park – about 40 minutes away.
The following links may help you plan your trip.
- Taff Trail
- Loop & Links
- Bike Hire at Senny Bridge & Brecon
- Mountain biking – Single Track at Afan Forest Park or for longer distances try – www.cycle- route.com
- Total Cycling Performance for bespoke guided cycling tours on road or MTB, and/or training for improved cycling performance.
LOCAL VISITOR ATTRACTIONS AND LINKS
- Penderyn Distillery, 30 Minutes Walk or a 5 minute drive – Welsh Whisky tours.
- Local Farmers Markets:- | Merthyr Tydfil -10am-2pm 1st Friday each month. | Brecon- 2nd Saturday of each month except August 10am – 2pm
- Brecon Mountain Railway Station at Pant, near Merthyr Tydfil, 20 minutes drive
- Forest Fawr Geopark and the Geopark Festival
- Llangorse Horse Riding & Climbing Centre
- Dare Valley Country Park – 7 Miles Away
- Big Pit Mining Museum at Blaenavon, 45 Minutes Drive
- Dan-yr-ogof Caves – 30 minutes drive
- Pontneddfechen & Ystradfellte Falls 10 -15 minutes drive
- Cwm Cadlan National Nature Reserve + SSSI – few minutes walk
- Sailing at Pontsticill reservoir 20 minutes drive
- Hay on Wye the second hand book capital of the world – 40 minutes drive.
- The Beacons Bus timetables (summer only)
- What’s on – Brecon Beacons Events calendar
- Llandovery sheep festival
ATTRACTIONS UNDER AN HOUR AWAY
- St Fagans Welsh Folk Museum near Cardiff – Museum of welsh culture
- Aberdulais Falls – National Trust
- Caerphilly Castle – CADW
- Castell Coch – CADW
- National Nature Reserve at Gower and fabulous unspoilt beaches
- Merthyr Tydfil
- www.traveline-cymru.co.uk – for planning your public transport travel
- Welsh Mountain Meat – suppliers of our bacon, burgers and meats.
- Brecknock wildlife trust
Regular bird visitors at Beili Helyg are woodpeckers, owls, buzzards, sparrowhawks, red kite, goldfinches, snipe, jack snipe, nut hatches, redwing, swallows, swifts, cuckoo, redstart, heron, fieldfares, dippers, wagtails, stonechats, snipe, buntings, wrens, and the occasional red grouse. We have seen hen harriers, merlins & goshawk over the moor and forestry nearby. Guests have reported seeing crossbills, and red breasted merganser.
There are also a myriad of other birds we are unable to identify, and if you help us to spot them we would be grateful.
We have spotters guides to help identify the local wildlife and are always keen to discuss what you’ve seen & where.
Local information at www.mtaa.co.uk
|Llwyn Onn Reservoir||Rainbow & Brown trout||Worm, fly or spinning|
|Penderyn Reservoir||Rainbow & Brown trout||Fly only|
|Ystradfellte Reservoir||Wild brown trout||Fly only|
|Pontsticill Reservoir||Trout, Pike and coarse fish||No live bait|
|River Nedd||Trout & migratory species|
|River Taff||Trout coarse & migratory species|