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On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at the quaint market town of Brecon in Southern Wales. In the Brecon Beacons National Park we experience wild hills, remote valleys, ancient villages and natural beauty. We learn about Welsh industrial heritage, visit lively markets and explore interesting book towns. Try pronouncing some of the Welsh place names and some strange sounding dishes like crempog, Glamorgan sausage or Bara Brith and of course, Welsh rarebit.

  • Aberdulais Falls, with its natural beauty alongside metalworking mills
  • The bookshop town of Hay-on-Wye
  • A wildlife centre famous for its Red Kites
  • The bustling town of Abergavenny
  • The peace and tranquillity of the monastic ruins of the Llantony Priory at the foot of the Black Mountains

2017  Dates: One week tours start Fridays  14 April,  01 Sept

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy.   (805 in April)
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person

Accommodation:   Nythfa House is a charming Country House, located on the edge of the market town of Brecon. Spacious public rooms, attractive gardens and indoor swimming pool make it a popular and relaxing place to stay.  28 rooms have ensuite private bathroom, TV and hairdryer. All guests are participating in an HF Holiday so the atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.


Friday: Arrival day   Check in from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Saturday: Black and White and Border country
Explore Kilvert country along the River Wye, with quintessential villages, and follow part of the famous Black and White trail. Discover the charming border town of Presteigne, where a visit to the Judge’s Lodging, in Victorian splendour, is full of evocative smells from the oil lamps in the parlour to the gas lighting below stairs.

Sunday: Brecon Beacons
The Western Fans, over the wild moors to waterfall country, gives us an opportunity to walk by the river Mellte.  View the spectacular Aberdulais Falls, an area painted romantically by Turner, which became a tinplate works and where the National Trust today now generates their own electricity. We travel over the high Beacons with some amazing views.

Monday: Free day to explore the local area. You may enjoy visiting Brecon Cathedral or take a scenic cruise from Brecon along the Monmouthshire. 

Tuesday:  Usk Valley
Journey along the Usk valley with the exploration of, and a walk along, the Mon and Brec canal, discovering its locks and bridges. The priory church in Abergavenny with all its alabaster treasures and amazing tapestry will also be part of today’s highlights.

Wednesday: Western Beacons
Retracing the trail of 18th and 19th century cattle drovers, we head west for Llandovery. As we continue on through the remote Abergwesyn pass, our afternoon stop will be at Gigrin Farm. The Powells have been feeding the, formerly rare, Red Kites since the 1990’s, and they create a spectacular sight as scores of the distinctively marked birds swoop down from the surrounding treetops to take their share of food.

Thursday: Spanning the centuries through Literature, Lettering and Learning
Discover an ancient island dwelling -  Llangorse Lake and its crannog, a ruined abbey - Llanthony Prima, a Norman castle with an Elizabethan garden, scenery to ‘dwell upon the inward eye’, the Gospel Pass, and the most books in one place in the whole world (apart from the British Library and the Bodleian) in Hay-on-Wye. A memorable last day.

Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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