The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

A tree, you say? Ah, but the Defynnog Yew is no ordinary tree… Hidden away in the hush of an overgrown churchyard in the little-known hamlet of Defynnog, near Sennybridge, is one of Britain’s greatest arboreal treasures. Said to be 5000 years old by those in the know, this mighty yew has supposedly been around since the Bronze Age, which, if true, would make it … Continue reading The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

Drygarn Fawr: a trip to the gaping gap on the map (and three ways to reach the summit)

Walk lengths: Routes vary in length between 4.75 and 10km (one way), 9km-20km out and back) On a hike in a totally different part of Wales at a totally different time last year, Undiscovered Wales met, on the trail, what you could only describe as a true veteran of the hills. A hardened, rain-lashed, wind-grizzled walker who imparted a knowing look whichever part of Snowdonia, … Continue reading Drygarn Fawr: a trip to the gaping gap on the map (and three ways to reach the summit)

Why we can’t resist the International Welsh Rarebit Centre

Finding a good Welsh rarebit is harder than it might sound – even in the heart of Wales. But this schoolhouse turned retro-cool cafe and cultural space has elevated the classic snack to something of an art form. Owner Roos Geraedts invests love and energy into bringing you the finest rarebit bar-none in the Brecons (perhaps the world…). This is cheese on toast with knobs … Continue reading Why we can’t resist the International Welsh Rarebit Centre

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