People come to us to enjoy the outstanding scenery and savour the peace and relaxation of the National Park. Beyond the visual and psychological aspects there are so many activities to consider.
In Cwmdu we are exceptionally well positioned for exploring both the mountain masses of The Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
A visit to South Wales would not be complete without a ramble in the Brecon Beacons. You can strole gently to the highest peak in southern Britain, Pen y Fan, in less than 2 hours. From Storey Arms, the highest point on the A470 trunk road, there is a substantial footpath which gives a gradual ascent; there are altogether more energetic paths from the north side of the mountains. These are the highest mountains in southern Britain with spectacular views in all directions.
The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal lies just a few miles away which, with its well maintained towpath, is ideal for a more leisurely walk. There are so many options here but our favourite is that in and around Llangynidr where you can plan a couple of really interesting circular walks combining the canal with the most scenic section of the River Usk. There are a couple of exceptional pubs here and The Red Lion, in Llangynidr, is thoroughly recommended. Information and tips on longer walks can be supplied by campsite reception and certainly there are any number of trails dating back to the early days of the Industrial Revolution that will intrigue all the family.
Go caving with Martyn Farr of Farrworld. Martyn is the local expert for taking groups caving (over 30 years experience). Martyn has taken the Princes, Harry and William to some fabulous sites nearby. Steve Backshall (‘Deadly 60’ and ‘Extreme Mountain Challenge’) visted Farrworld for 2 courses in 2014. See the website www.farrworld.co.uk or telephone Martyn on 01873 811085.
Mountain bikes may be available for hire in Cwmdu Village – Tel: 01874 730289. Pre booking is advisable. There are so many tracks, paths, lanes and areas of open countryside to explore but please remember the country code at all times. Bikes & Hikes, in Brecon, Tel: 01874 610071 are highly recommended.
Canoeing can be undertaken safely on the canal, but you can hire your own Canadian canoe at Glasbury on Wye (20 – 25 minute drive) and if so inclined paddle down the river to the small town of Hay. This makes an exceptional afternoon adventure in summer. For pure unadulterated relaxation you might wish to drive to Symonds Yat, further down the Wye valley (35 minutes) and take a leisurely motorised boat ride along the river.
Have you ever been climbing, abseiling, caving or gorge walking? Why not go with qualified local instructors for a great day out. Black Mountain Activities, at Glasbury on Wye, are an outdoor pursuits centre, catering for individuals, families and groups, curious novices or those with experience.
Llangorse Multi Activity Centre LD3 7UH Tel. 01874 658584 or 658272 www.activityuk.com. This is an exciting enjoyable indoor venue less than 15 minutes drive, where qualified instructors will provide an exciting session to an appropriate level. There are many outdoor operators providing challenging sessions in the outdoors.
Bikes & Hikes, in Brecon, Tel: 01874 610071
Black Mountain Activities, at Glasbury on Wye
Mountain and Water Tel: 01873 831 825.
The tourist information centres have further contact details.
Crickhowell Adventure Gear have retail premises in both Brecon and Crickhowell and are well placed to pass professional comment in this sphere. Tel. 01873 810020 & 01874 611586
There is another retail outlet in Hay on Wye.
There are many places to fish for Salmon, Trout and Course.
There are several places where you can go pony trekking but the nearest to Cwmdu is Ellesmere Riding Centre at Llangorse Tel. 01874 658252 www.trail-riding.co.uk
Riding Centre Llangorse: 01874 658 584
Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Three Cocks, near Talgarth, Tel: 01497 847351
Cantref Pony Trekking and Riding Centre, near Brecon, Tel: 01874 665223, will take you on to the Brecon Beacons (weather permitting).
You will be well looked after by qualified staff who will help the beginners and assist the more experienced. Full day, half day or just an hour’s ride are all options. Just give the centre a ring to establish the situation.
There are 2 golf clubs near Brecon. Cradoc Golf Club and Brecon Golf Club course and one near Crickhowell at Llangattock.
Cradoc Golf Club (18 holes) Tel: 01874 623658
Brecon Golf Club (9 holes) Tel: 01874 622004
Llangattock Golf Club (9 holes) Tel: 01873 810373