Year of the Staycation: a night in Brecon Beacons

If you live in Wales and enjoy spending time outdoors, then you’ll have probably visited Brecon Beacons. With fresh air a-plenty, wide open spaces and a spectacular landscape, it’s hard not to love. It’s the perfect escape from the chaos of modern life. And less than an hour away from Swansea!

I’ve done a few moderately challenging walks there over the years including the Horseshoe Ridge and of course, Pen-Y-Fan several times. But we fancied exploring beyond the trails and seeing more of what Brecon has got to offer.

Chasing waterfalls

On the way to our accommodation (the charming Black Mountain Lodge), we stopped at the tranquil surroundings at Henrhyd Falls. At 90ft, it’s the highest waterfall in South Wales and best seen after a downpour. It’s also a movie star, making a cameo appearance in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Admiring the surroundings
Holding onto my hat at Henrhyd Falls
Selfie at the Falls

The paths were very slippery but the waterfall was great to see, especially if you walk behind it! I’d recommend going early if you want to beat the crowds. After admiring the falls, we walked down the Nant Llech Valley before heading back to the car and checking into the B&B.

I’m a sucker for stone walls!
Snacking at The Cosy Cafe
This boy loves a cappuccino!

Hey from Hay

Then, we spent late afternoon and evening in Hay-on-Wye, a delightful town which is famously known for its abundance of book shops. The Cosy Café was perfect for a snack and coffee stop before wandering around Richard Booth’s Bookshop. Sam and I both loved browsing, we felt so calm and content afterwards!

Catching up on his reading
Books AND Dogs?! Hold on, I’m in heaven! This little one was called Ziggy

Following a lovely walk along the River Wye, we were both ready for dinner. Lots of restaurants were already booked up but fortunately, The Globe at Hay had space for us. It was an ideal end to the day! We both had the MOST wonderful sleep at the Lodge that night.

Trekking with alpacas

The next day, we were ready to trek with one of my favourite animals – alpacas! Nestled in the heart of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, Alpaca My Boots* is an experience like no other. If you love animals and walks in the countryside like me, you will be in your element with this!

Posing with my woolly friend, Henry!
Yes, I’m extremely happy!

The morning began with a safety briefing then we were buddied up with an alpaca each. I was given Henry and Sam had Sooty, who were both complete divas! They weren’t very enthusiastic about being stroked like the other alpacas but they walked well and didn’t mind their having photos taken.

Henry, I think you need a haircut!
The boys! Sam and Sooty

The trek itself lasted around an hour and a quarter before 15 minutes of feeding the alpacas at the end. Thanks to the amazing location, we were spoilt with scenery. I’d recommend sensible footwear as it is a farm so don’t wear your best trainers. Wellies or walking boots are essential!

Feeding time at the farm
Always making furry friends

Honey, I’m home!

My mum spoke highly of Honey Café in Bronllys so we headed there for a coffee and cake before trying Hills,­­ regarded as the “Best Burgers in Wales.” I can’t comment as I don’t eat meat but I was really pleased to see a vegan cheeseburger on the menu! And Sam thoroughly enjoyed his burger.

The gorgeous surroundings of Honey Cafe
Enjoying that burger, Sam?

We were both full to the brim. It was a great way to finish off an active and fun 24 hours! I’m looking forward to getting back to Brecon again for more adventures.

*Please note the trek was kindly gifted by Alpaca My Boots. Everything else was paid for.

1 Comment

  1. 18th June 2021 / 11:29 am

    Looks like you had a lovely break. I’ve never been to Wales but definitely need to visit

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