From bog-snorkelling to chasing waterfalls, you’re never short of something fun to do during a visit to the Brecon Beacons. The beautiful National Park in South Wales is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK and beyond, creating a natural playground for hikers and explorers alike. However, with so much to see and do, it can be difficult to decide which activities and sites to see to prioritise. Here at Quality Unearthed, we’ve created a week-long itinerary for those who are glamping in South Wales, to give you a taste of just some of what you can get up to in this beautiful part of the world.
Day One – Arrival
Wales is a good spot for a staycation given its central location in the UK, but traffic can be unforgiving, and you’ll be pleased to arrive at your unique glamping abode. Unload your bags and have a quick cuppa before heading out to stretch your legs and get your bearings on your immediate surroundings. Depending on timings, this could be a quick stroll or a sizable hike, perhaps to the local pub where you can sample some fine cuisine. Head home to your cosy abode and get a good nights’ sleep ahead of a busy week in Wales.
Day Two – Explore Underground
Before you take in all the fantastic views the Brecon has to offer, head down under to discover the beautiful natural playgrounds that are hidden from view. A maze of caves and mines are awaiting exploration where you can examine the fascinating rock formations and guided tours give you the chance to learn from knowledgeable tour guides providing an insight to what life was like all those years ago. Should the unpredictable weather take a turn for the worst during your time in Wales, head to the Big Pit Coal Museum, the ideal indoor activity that tells you the story of how the Welsh mining industry evolved. Head back to your abode for dinner round the campfire and a few stories or games before bed.
Day Three – Chasing Waterfalls
There are so many beautiful walks all over Brecon Beacons, one of the hardest decisions to make is where to go. Our favourite way to narrow down your choices is by ignoring the advice provided by TLC and dogo chasing waterfalls! Select routes that pass by any of the spectacular waterfalls that are based within the National Park. Notably, the Sgwd Gwladus hike is relatively short and undemanding making it suitable for families of all ages but features a mesmerising 10m waterfall set in a naturally shady amphitheatre – the perfect spot for a picnic. Other areas to explore include Waterfall Country, Blaen-Y-Glyn and Henrhyd Falls, the latter of which has the highest waterfall in the National Park with a drop of 27m. Check out which waterfall is closest to where you are staying and enjoy any of the numerous trails nearby. Stop at the shops on your way back and cook up a storm on your open fire back at the abode.
Day Five – Train Rides and Whisky Tasting
Give your legs a rest, sit back and enjoy the expansive views as the unfold in front of you from the comfort of the Brecon Mountain Railway which runs from Pant to Torpantau. The journey takes you through Pontsticill, along the Taf Fechan Reservoir before climbing to the summit of the original line. Upon return to Pant, enjoy some traditional Welsh cakes at the tearooms and visit the workshop for a closer look at the trains and their engines. In the afternoon, take a short drive to Pendaryn where you can take a tour of the renowned distillery that is responsible for many well-known whiskies as well as the aptly named Brecon Gin. Sample the local spirits at the end and be sure to stock up on any you wish to take home with you. Head back to your home away from home for the week where you may wish to sample some of your purchases by the fire.
Day Four – Geocaching
Whether you’re a keen Geocacher or you are new to the treasure-hunting craze that has swept the nation, Geocaching is a great way to explore the Brecon Beacons whilst looking out for caches and logging them on your phone. There are over 180 geocaches in fascinating locations including a World War Two site and the monument to Little Tommy Jones. Check out the official website for further information but take a picnic up on the moors for a day out that’s sure to keep the whole family entertained. After a long day on your feet, return to your abode for a spot of star gazing where you can get cosy by the fire and keep a keen eye out for shooting stars.
Day Six – Adrenaline-fuelled Adventures
Whether you fancy a spot of white-water rafting down the wild rapids located in the Brecon Beacons, you want to whizz through the beautiful landscapes on two wheels or you’d like a birds’ eye view of the area, there’s no shortage on action-packed adventures here. The more active in the party can choose from horseback riding, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, paragliding or any number of water-based activities whilst those who prefer to slow-down on holiday can give bird-watching or fishing a go. Those with larger groups may wish to split up for this so that everyone can engage in the activity of their choice, before coming back together for a final meal out in the town or village close to your abode.
Day Seven – Departure
Packing up the car at the end of the holiday is far from a highlight, but just because your time in South Wales has come to an end, it doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to this gorgeous part of the world forever. Check-out of your abode with the promise of coming back next year and head to any of the towns and villages that are yet to be explored before it’s back to reality. Why not spend your evening back at home browsing our website and deciding upon your next glamping adventure?
That concludes our seven-day taste of what awaits you in the Brecon Beacons and come rain or shine we’re confident that you’ll always find something fantastic to see or do. For more inspiration, check out our recent blog, A Travel Guide to the Brecon Beacons.
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