A Weekend in the Brecon Beacons | Quality Unearthed

a weekend in the brecon beacons


Wales is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year, with plenty to see and do during your visit. The wild nature of the moors makes it the perfect backdrop for glamping, with breath-taking views of the surrounding scenery from the comfort of your very own luxury abode. For anyone looking to explore this wonderful part of the world, but the nature of 21st-century lifestyles means you have just a couple of days to experience all that the region has to offer, fear not, for we have created an action-packed itinerary that allows you to see and do as much as possible in just 48 hours in the Brecon Beacons.

Sunset at Brecon Beacons

Arrival

Check into your home away from home for the weekend and unpack your things whilst exploring your immediate surroundings and appreciating the peacefulness and serenity of your location. If you have time head for a walk around the local area to get your bearings or visit a nearby pub to treat yourself to a hearty dinner after your journey down. This is also a great opportunity to chat to locals and ask for recommendations for the rest of the weekend.

Day One

Wake early on your first full day of glamping to the sound of silence, bar perhaps the morning chorus from the birds outside – nature is the least annoying alarm clock! Find a nearby shop for some delicious local produce for a big breakfast to set you up for the day, along with some fresh bread and filling for a packed lunch. Head out onto the moors in the morning and embark upon any of the many walking trails available to take in the sights of this beautiful part of the world. Whether you opt for chasing waterfalls and discovering the magnificent cascading waters that are dotted all over the National Park, or you fancy a challenge and want to see the views from the Pen-Y-Fan; there’s a trail to suit all abilities and ambitions in the Brecon Beacons. If you currently take part in Geocaching, there are a plethora of treasures hidden all over south Wales and a searching expedition is likely to lead you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Wales, keeping a keen eye out for flora and fauna all the while. Stop for lunch at a particularly spectacular viewpoint and perhaps pose for some postcard-worthy pictures for all of your social media channels.

Those opting for a full day of hiking will enjoy an afternoon of more brilliant views and sights to see, but those wanting more of a chilled-out afternoon can head to the Brecon Mountain Railway where you can admire the sights from the comfort of your train seat. Take the ride from Pant to Torpantu, taking in the picturesque village of Pontsticill and the Taf Fechan Resevoir on your way. Treat yourself to some tasty Welsh cakes at the tearooms while any members of your party that are interested in trains can take a closer look at the museum. After an hour or two here, take the short journey to Pendaryn and explore the renowned Brecon distillery, which creates a variety of well-known whiskies and, of course, Brecon gin. Over-eighteens in the party can sample some of the spirits, while drivers can take home samples in a bottle to enjoy back at your abode. Once everyone has had their fill, stop by at a local pub of your choice to enjoy some of the fine Welsh delicacies on offer. Upon return to your glamping spot, grab a blanket or two and cosy up outside, enjoying one of the best places in the country to admire the stars in the night’s sky. Make the most of having hot drinks on tap just a couple of steps away and enjoy the moment, a million miles away from the urban glare so many of us are used to.

Waterfall in Brecon Beacons

Day Two

Feel free to treat yourself to a bit of a later start today, allowing the natural sun light to wake you up – you are on your holiday after all! Grab breakfast on the go so as to save time after a slightly later start and head to any of the fantastic caving centres in the area. The Brecon Beacons is home to some of Europe’s most important cave systems, with some of them being easy to access for even the most inexperienced of cavers. You’ll need permission from the local club and the accompaniment of a professional instructor, but this really is a unique activity that’s sure to be a highlight of the holiday and is ideal if the weather takes a turn for the worst. A slightly more relaced option is to explore The Dolacothi Gold Mines, the only mines for Welsh gold outside those in Dolgellau and are the only known Roman gold mines in Britain.  Find one of the fantastic towns or villages nearby and drop-in for lunch at an independent café.

Take your final afternoon to do whatever it is that appeals to the majority of your group be it a round of golf, a spot of wild-swimming, some outdoor games near your abode or simply relaxing in a beer garden, there really is something for everyone. Head back to the glamping abode and cook up a storm on an open fire or using the oven in your accommodation, making the most of your time in the countryside for your final night. Any musical members of your party may want to play a few fireside songs as the day comes to a close or in the absence of a guitar, tell some spooky stories just before bedtime.

Brecon Beacons view

That concludes our guide to spending 48 hours in the Brecon Beacons. We hope we have inspired you to book your next South Wales glamping trip or perhaps given you some ideas for how to spend your time there if you are already booked up and looking forward to it. For those spending any longer in the National Park, check out our other recent blog post, A Week in the Brecon Beacons.

 

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