Fort Fantastic: Y Garn Goch, one of Britain’s biggest prehistoric sites (and a circular hike around the area)

Walk length: 6km. When people ask us about the loveliest parts of the Brecon Beacons they are often surprised when we cite spots on its fringes, far from its highest or wildest points. The fringes of this pale green rock-pockmarked moorland provide what we believe is the perfect picturesque landscape blend between upland and valley, countryside and civilisation. Y Garn Goch is such a place. … Continue reading Fort Fantastic: Y Garn Goch, one of Britain’s biggest prehistoric sites (and a circular hike around the area)

Gliffaes: an elegant country escape in the Brecons near Crickhowell

If you’re seeking a country escape in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Gliffaes is a class act. Framed by 33 acres of grounds that bristle with rare botanical species, this Italianate Victorian manor is old-school in the best possible way – whether you’re taking afternoon tea on the terrace or playing croquet on the lawn. Why we love it… Gliffaes still feels … Continue reading Gliffaes: an elegant country escape in the Brecons near Crickhowell

In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

Walk length: 8km. What do a succession of medieval medics often attributed with being the forerunners of the NHS, Prince Charles and a boutique range of Welsh toiletries have in common? The unlikely answer lies in  – or, rather, scattered around – the sleepy hamlet of Myddfai on the northwestern fringes of the Brecon Beacons. A history of herbalists hereabouts… Sleepy today, perhaps. But back … Continue reading In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

Traversing Pen y Fan the way no one goes

Walk Length: 8km (round trip via Fan Frynych) 24km (round trip via Fan Frynych + out-and-back to Pen y Fan). Ah, what could be more magical? Pen y Fan, highest point in the Brecon Beacons and in Southern Britain, on a cloudless late summer day when the yellows and greens of the stark moor stand out in glinting high definition and when you have a … Continue reading Traversing Pen y Fan the way no one goes