A long weekend in the Brecon Beacons, Wales UK
This trip basically all started because Paul is really hard to buy presents for. I did some googling online and found a really cool sounding dark sky astronomy experience. We actually did some star gazing in Gran Canaria and really enjoyed it so thought it would be the perfect gift! Combine that with a little weekend in Wales – perfect.
However, of course, 3 days before we set off, we got the email through – it was going to be cloudy and the star gazing was cancelled. But we didn’t want that to stop us so we headed off to have a nice long weekend in Wales anyway! This was the first time that we’ve headed to the South of Wales rather than to the North and Anglesey.
Wales is definitely one of those places where it’s so much easier to have your own car. We stayed in Brecon which took us about 3 and a half hours to drive to from London. The weather for the weekend wasn’t looking too great so we made sure to wrap up!
Exploring in the rain
On our first day we made it to Brecon and did a bit of driving. The Brecon beacons is a national park and is beautiful – full of rolling hills, so many daffodils and cute little farm houses. It was a pleasure just to drive around and look at the scenery.
We initially stopped off at one of the smaller lakes, meaning to take a walk around the outside. However, the rain scuppered us again and a lot of the area was flooded. So we tried again and ended up at a reservoir where we had a good wander around the water. It was definitely wet but didn’t stop us doing a little walk.
Once we were a little too damp to continue wandering we headed to our bed and breakfast. We stayed at The Town House at Brecon which is a gorgeous little bnb. It has 3 rooms and a lovely little lounge / bar which you can while away the time. I was rather enamoured by the decor in the room – I think I want to steal the colour scheme for my own bedroom at home!
Climbing Pen y Fan
Luckily on the Saturday morning we woke up to some sunshine! The BnB did a really delicious breakfast so we had a good feed before deciding to walk up the tallest mountain in the Brecons – Pen y Fan. It is a beautiful walk – wandering through the hills, but it very much is a steep one! It was so good to get to the top but man it was windy, I don’t think I’ve ever been so convinced that I was about to be blown off the top of a mountain. Definitely recommend it on a clear, still day!
The walk down was a much needed relief – if only to get away from all that wind. We deserved a good lunch after that so wandered round to Hills near Brecon for some very delicious burgers. Worth a drive out to if you’re in the area!
We still had a bit of time left in the day even after all that, so we took a drive further down to Henrhyd waterfall. It’s one of the tallest waterfalls in the area and is quite spectacular. You can wander behind it too but it was so windy that we didn’t fancy getting soaked!
Overall, I’d definitely recommend a trip to the Brecon Beacons. I’d love to go back when it’s a bit warmer and do some proper walking. It’s the best place to head to if you love a walk, greenery and good food. It’s lovely to explore a bit more of Wales and it’s really made me want to see even more of it!
Have you been to Wales? Where was your fave?