A couple walking up a steep bit of the mountain ridges of Cribyn, Corn Ddu, and Pen y Fan, in the Brecon Beacons.

Adventures, Attractions and Activities

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:

CYCLING

From Garwnant Forestry Centre has a lovely sculpture trail walk to explore, whatever the weather as well as being a good start point for joining the cycle trails around the forest, or accessing the Taff Trail
From Garwnant Forestry Centre is a lovely sculpture trail walk to explore, whatever the weather

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.

Cycling in the Brecon Beacons
Cycling in the Brecon Beacons

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.

LOCAL VISITOR ATTRACTIONS AND LINKS

Pontsticill reservoir
Pontsticill reservoir

ATTRACTIONS UNDER AN HOUR AWAY

Other Links

BIRD WATCHING

Red Kite
Red Kite

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.

FISHING

It's a hours walk around the reservoir, unless you stop at the visitor's centre at Garwnant for a milkshake, and sit in the bird hide watching the local residents going about their business.
It’s a hours walk around the reservoir, unless you stop at the visitor’s centre at Garwnant for a milkshake, and sit in the bird hide watching the local residents going about their business.

Local information at www.mtaa.co.uk

In summary:-

Location Fish Bait
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