Things to Do


For walkers the Brecon Beacons National Park is our back garden and a great base to access the four main regions.  The Black Mountain West, Fforest Fawr (Great Forest), the Brecon Beacons in the centre, and the Black Mountains East. You can take your pick from a gentle stroll along the tow path, to an energetic hike up the Beacons, even walks to include forests, waterfalls, reservoirs and historic industrial trials.  Here’s a selection of walks to help you organise a walking break.

  • The Beacons Northern Horseshoe – 5/6hr, 15km/9miles, parking Cwn Gwdi car park, only a 10 minute drive away).  A classic and popular walk around the 3 peaks of the central Beacons and a the mountain lake, Llan Cwm Llwch.
  • Fan y Big - 5hr, 16km/10miles.  Great circular walk from Ty Newydd holidays.  The summit of Fan y Big is an excellent viewpoint to the rest of the horseshoe ridge and famous peaks of the Beacons. There is a stone slab that sticks out and provides some excellent photo opportunities. 
  • Pen y fan and Corn Du - 4hr, 11km/6miles starting from Cwn Gwdi car park (10 minute drive away) to the highest central peaks.  Stunning views, ancient burial ground dating to 2000BC.
  • Talybont and Waun Rudd -  5hr, 17km/10miles, parking at Glyn Gollwn car park.  This starts at the reservoir and then follows the route of the old Brinore tram road.  Moves onto forestry paths, a series of waterfalls and finally open moorland.
  • Four Waterfall Walk - 9km/5.5miles, parking at Gwaun Hepste or Cwm Porth. Whether they’re frozen in winter or cooling you down in summer, these falls look amazing all year round.  A fabulous day out.

Guided Walking

Walk Hay

Sarah from Walk Hay is our local expert guide and specializes in lower land walks.  She runs regular scheduled walking days around the National Park and Surrounding area which you can book in advance.  Alternative she provides a bespoke Private guided walks just for you or your group.  Sarah knows all the local paths so you don’t have to worry about the planning and navigating.  You can just relax and enjoy your walk and spectacular scenery.

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Annual event show casing the National Park and all what is out there to offer.  Walks offered at all levels and abilities.

Brecon Beacons National Park

The national park also organise some scheduled walks around the park during the year.  Check out this years calendar.


Bring your Bikes to Ty Newydd Holidays

Guests are welcome to bring their Bikes. We have secure bike storage.  There is easy, flat and safe cycling from our accommodation along the Monmouth and Breconshire Canal for the whole of the family to enjoy.  The canal tow path can be accessed directly from the accommodation.  If you head one way it leads to the canal basin in Brecon (4 miles). The other way is 30 miles to Newport, passing through the village of Talybont-on-usk (4 miles). 

Brecon and Talybont are both the start “hubs” for several circular graded Mountain Bike routes developed for beginners to experienced cyclists.

You may indeed be arriving on you bike as we are just off a National Cycle Route (8) and Taff Trail. We have safe bike storage facilities and there are local pubs within a short distance to revive your strength.

Drovers cycles Bike Hire (Hay-on-Wye, 25 mins drive)

Whether you’re looking for gentle forestry trails for the whole family, rolling moorland mountain bike routes, or fast single track descents, Drovers have the bikes and the recommended routes for you.  They can also provide a half or full-days guide to show you the best trails and little known highlights of the area.  Large range of bikes to include, Mountain Bikes, kid bikes, e-bikes, road bikes and trailers.

Bikes and Hikes (Talybont-on-Usk, 10 mins drive)

We are very lucky to be based just down the road from Talybont-on-Usk where Bikes and Hikes are based.  Talybont-on-Usk benefits from spectacular scenery, flowing river, historical tracks, forestry paths and mountain descents.  which offers many Mountain Bike Routes.  There is also a bike hub at the village hall where you can wash your bike and freshen up after a days scrambling.  Bikes and Hikes are very knowledgable and are conveniently only 10 minutes down the road.

Bike Park Wales (Gethin Woodland Centre, 40 mins drive)

If you enjoy Mountain Biking, it would be hard not visit Bike Park Wales.  The concept is simple, picture a ski resort, remove the snow and replace the pistes with an array of sweeping bike trails to the bottom of the mountain.  Then you get a lift back up to the top!  Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a seasoned rider or a novice looking to improve your skills, this mountain bike park offers trails of varying difficulty levels.  

Something Different

Good Day Out,

These special experiences for animal lovers are held all around the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Have a fun day out on a piggy walk, sheep dog session or a stroll across the Beacons with dinky donkeys. Whilst Children are welcome, most of the visitors are adults who just love animals and the outdoors.  Animal welfare is their utmost priority.

Brecon Beacons Foraging,

Adele lives locally in Llanfrynach and is our closest forager.  She offers half day foraging workshops, Botanical Gin Workshops, Forest Bathing Walks and Foraging with Kids.  Adele has written four best-selling books about foraging and acts as a consultant about wild edibles.

Creative Photography Training,

Nigel Forester is one of the foremost landscape photographer in Wales and an experienced tutor.  Courses are run throughout the year visiting many different locations around the Brecon Beacons.  Nigel will show you how to create unique compositions in imaginative ways using natural light and the controls of the camera to best effect.  Based only 10 minutes away.

Outdoor Activities

Llangorse Activity Centre (LLangorse, 15 mins drive)

For those seeking a variety of outdoor pursuits, Llangorse Multi Activity Centre won’t disappoint. From climbing and zip-lining to rope courses and team-building activities, there’s something to cater to every adventurer’s taste.

Black Mountain Activities (Three Cocks, 15 mins drive)

Enjoy sailing down the River Wye by canoe with this premier outdoor adventure centre.  They offer an array of other thrilling activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking and more.  With expert guides and top-notch equipment, you can safely enjoy the thrill of these high-octane adventures.

Cantref Riding Centre (Cantref, 5 mins drive)

Embrace your inner equestrian and head to Cantref Riding Centre, where you can embark on horse riding adventures through the beautiful countryside. From leisurely rides for beginners to more challenging treks for experienced riders, Cantref Riding Centre caters to all levels of experience.

They also offer family-friendly fun and farmyard adventures, with tractor rides and adorable animals to meet, for younger members of the family.

Beacon Park Day Boats (Llangattock, 25 mins drive)

The Brecon Beacons is blessed with the serene Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal floating through it, and there’s no better way to explore its beauty than by renting a day boat. Whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic escape or a family looking for a leisurely day out, Beacon Park Day Boats have a good selection to choose from.

Zip World Tower (Hirwaun, 35 mins drive)

South Wales based Zip World Tower site, developed on the former Tower Colliery coal mining site in Rhondda Cynon Taf, is home to four thrilling experiences. There's Phoenix and Tower Flyer zip line rides, Tower Coaster and the Tower Climber.  Something for most abilities.

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